How Can Breastfeeding Affect Sexuality?
When you are breastfeeding, you may feel less interested in sex because of changes in your hormones. This is normal. Most women find their usual interest in sex returns gradually, over the year after childbirth.
Some women may have vaginal dryness. Many couples use a water soluble lubricant such as K-Y Jelly® to make sex more comfortable. You can buy lubricant at the drugstore without a prescription.
Some women leak breastmilk when they become sexually aroused or have an orgasm. If this makes you or your partner feel uncomfortable you can wear a bra with breast pads during sex.
You can become pregnant even if you have not had your menstrual period since your baby was born. If you are breastfeeding it may take several months for your menstrual periods to start again.
|A birth control method should be used to prevent pregnancy while you are breastfeeding. |
For information about birth control while breastfeeding speak to:
- your family doctor
- your midwife
- a lactation consultant
- a La Leche League
- your local Public Health Office