03 February 2012

Breastfeeding and Sex {Breastfeeding Blog Hop}


Others have written about how they have decreased sexual relations with their spouses. As it says in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,
Your love life is just one more area where things have changed for now.  The words to remember are for now.  Life with Baby will gradually become less intense {this is good to remember in general}, the the sex life you previously enjoyed will gradually resume.
Immediately after Charis was born, I thought, "Babies are created because of sex, and I never want to have another baby, so I'm never having sex again."  Thankfully, this thinking did not last too long.  Yes, we do want children in the future, but not right now.

I was not given the okay to have sex at my 6 week appointment because my episiotomy had not completely healed and my midwife had to use silver nitrate on it {Ouch!}.  When Drew and I had sex for the first time after Charis was born, I had no idea what to expect.  I'm thankful that my sexual relationship with Drew has not changed too much, and I have found it helpful to talk about my fears and thoughts with him instead of keeping everything bottled up.  He was understanding.  God has been good to us.

2 comments:

  1. Too much information... trying to get you and Drew out of my head...

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  2. Add to this, if a woman is breastfeeding her estrogen levels are low which means she also has some vaginal dryness or can even have some temporary atrophic vaginitis. It's a simple fix - just some lubrication but often women do not know this. I certainly did not until I started taking care of postpartum women in the nurse practitioner setting.

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