It’s migraine month! Thankfully pregnancy and breastfeeding can be protective against migraines, but some things in lactation can also trigger headaches. Some people experience headaches with oxytocin surges during letdown, overfull breasts (relieved by feeding/pumping), or baby sleeping through the night (which causes overfull breasts and decreases hormones for lactation.)
If you are struggling with headaches, try to make time for self care, including eating, drinking enough water, exercise, and getting enough sleep. All of these things are challenging with a new baby, so call in your support people and do your best!
Bodywork can often be helpful, so schedule a visit for yourself when your baby is getting work. (Cranial sacral therapy for moms coming soon!) Check with your doctor or midwife about medications; in general the normal ones you take are compatible with breastfeeding but I am happy to check for your specific medication so you can make good decisions on your care. Also, see our Resources page for the link to Infant Risk Center to check medications.
I hope you don’t struggle with headaches, but please don’t suffer alone if you do! Your lactation consultants are here to support you in your journey to health and feeling good!
(Reference: Breastfeeding and Human Lactation by Wambach and Spencer)