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breast-feeding may affect your sexual desire.
Exhaustion, breast soreness, your baby's demands, and recovery from childbirth
may reduce your interest in intimacy with your partner. But you may feel
more comfortable having sex after the baby is born. Each woman's experience is
You can help restore a sexual relationship with your partner by
anticipating the physical effects of breast-feeding.
Some women notice that they become aroused during breast-feeding.
Although this sensation is similar to a sexual response, it is not sexually
driven. It is your body's way of preparing the breast for breast-feeding.
Talk with your partner about your feelings, concerns, and
expectations. Also, rest whenever possible. Try to set up a time for the two
of you to reconnect emotionally and physically.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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