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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Nursing Is Exhausting

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Nursing Is Exhausting


For the women who have decided to give nursing a go, good for you. But, be prepared because it can wear you out. Luckily, you will probably get used to it very quickly.

In the "How to Be a Mother" manuals that I read, it said that when nursing, a woman's body releases the hormones oxytocin and prolactin, which then allows the milk to start flowing freely for baby. To see what effect this has on mommy,

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The hormones are also responsible for making the new mommy drowsy. I don't know if it is was sleep deprivation or the prolactin, but on more than one occasion, I woke up in the glider with my nursing daughter in my arms – both of us having been fast asleep.

I can't say that the cat naps weren't welcome as I needed to catch up on some z's, but it would have been nice to know that breastfeeding would induce heavy eye lids.

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