Baby fussy at start of period

I have a 7 1/2 month old son who I am nursing, and I just got my period back a month ago. My problem is that he gets VERY gassy and fussy around the beginning of my period, waking up at night many times in pain, and being very fussy during the day, for about 4 days. I am wondering if there is ANYTHING I can do to help him. Herbs, special diet, etc....

Also, now that I have my period back, are my hormones completely back to normal, or will they balance out even more once he's completely weaned. (hopefully not for quite a while).

Thank you very much!

Becky

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Dear Becky,

Some mothers do notice that their baby becomes fussy at the start of their period. This may be related to a slightly diminished milk supply, or due to your milk tasting a bit differently at this time.

I would not recommend making any changes other than possibly increasing the frequency of your feeds at this time. This can help your supply to more quickly rebound over the next few days (and it will rebound). Smaller and more frequent feeds may also reduce the gassiness that your baby is experiencing at this time.

Once your menstrual cycle has returned, and is regular, there is a good chance you are, or will soon begin, ovulating. The hormones, estrogen and progesterone, follow the normal monthly fluctuations that are common to all fertile women. Prolactin and oxytocin, often referred to as "mothering hormones", or "love hormones" will continue to play a role throughout the breastfeeding relationship. These two hormones will still continue to be produced (even though no longer nursing) when you engage in intimate behavior, such as lovemaking, Best wishes in mothering!

Warmly,
Debbi

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