Breastfeeding After IVF Pregnancy

April 9, 2018

Breastfeeding after IVF pregnancy is not an easy task. For new mothers, breastfeeding is already a task and it seems tougher for the ones who conceived through IVF treatment. But what makes it more difficult for them? Few of the reasons could be delayed lactation, low oxytocin levels, lack of support and loss of confidence. When mothers are unable to feed their new-borns an apparent feeling of guilt starts forming inside.

Women who have used IVF treatment for pregnancy may be worried about:

•  the effects of fertility medication on the health of child transferred via breastmilk.

•  their ability to breastfeed after IVF

•  whether breastfeeding may affect their chances of falling pregnant

Now let us go through some tips which can make breastfeeding after IVF pregnancy easier:

• If possible try to for a natural delivery rather than C-section.

• Keep calm. Do not let the stress get better of you. Put on some peaceful music, dim the lights and find out the quietest room in the house.

• Don’t hesitate in asking for medical: You may consider for paying for a breastfeeding tutor.

• Call in friends and family. Throughout the IVF journey, you must have known which of your friends and family can be relied upon for support. Ask them over.

• Eat a lot of food and drink a lot of water.

• Taking a hot bath on a daily basis has been proven to reduce stress levels. Lesser the stress levels, easier the breastfeeding.

• Stress levels have been found to be lower during or after sleep. If this is the case with you as well, you may want to start breastfeeding in the early hours of the day.

• Minimize your Ultrasounds Checks

• You may want to Consult a Specialist

If any problem in breastfeeding is experienced after IVF, they may as well be related with using IVF in the first place. Each woman, as per her own situation, needs to understand and decide whether she wishes to continue breastfeeding, or discontinue it.

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