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    Trisha
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    It can. The hormone prolactin, which is boosted by nursing, stimulates milk production, but it may also dampen your libido. You’ll probably also find that you have less vaginal lubrication than you did when you were pregnant, due to lower levels of estrogen while you’re nursing. Using a lubricant will help reduce discomfort you might feel from vaginal dryness. Lubricants are usually found near the condoms or the tampons and sanitary pads in the drugstore. Be sure to get a water-based lubricant, especially if you’re using a barrier method for birth control, since oil-based lubricants can weaken latex and cause a condom to break. Your breasts may not feel like an erogenous zone the way they did before. You may also find that at times they’re too tender for touching or sexual stimulation. Let your partner know how much touching or sucking you’d like. You may worry that your breasts will leak at an inconvenient time – and they might. During climax, some women discover that they experience letdown (their breasts leak or spray milk). That’s because the hormones that are present during orgasm are also present during letdown. If it bothers you, nurse your baby or empty your breasts by pumping before having sex. As time goes on and breastfeeding becomes more established, leaking during sex may not happen as frequently.

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    Stormi
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    It’s possible that breastfeeding will not affect your sex life at all. But with the addition of a new family member to take care of, along with all of the recent changes to your body, it’s more likely that you and your partner will have to make a few adjustments. While some nursing mothers are anxious to get back to the physical relationship that they shared with their partner before their baby was born, others find that they have less sexual desire — or no interest in sex whatsoever. All of these responses are normal, so don’t worry if you find that you have less of a sex drive these days. It’s a temporary situation, and in time, you will find that your desire and interest will return. Your sexual desire isn’t the only thing that can get in the way: there are other things associated with breastfeeding that may affect your sex life, too. Here are some of the common concerns that breastfeeding women have about sex and breastfeeding and what you can do about them.

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