Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

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Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

Thyroid and Pregnancy
Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

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Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

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Can thyroid affect breast milk production?

Congratulations on becoming a mommy!

There is no one more precious than your little one, and it is natural for you to want to give your baby the best of health and care.

If you developed a thyroid disorder during pregnancy or after you have delivered, you may be worried about whether or not it can affect your breast milk production.

Your body needs thyroid hormone to produce enough milk during your lactation period so that you can breastfeed your baby properly. If you have a thyroid problem, it may affect the amount of milk your body produces and can lower your breastmilk supply.

You are not alone

If you are worried that this is uncommon and will be difficult to deal with, don’t worry. A lot of women actually have a thyroid disorder after having a baby, which is also known as postpartum thyroiditis.

It could be a thyroid problem

If you have been taking your thyroid medication for some time now, it is possible that your thyroid levels will start improving. This means that your chances of properly breastfeeding will also improve.

However, if your thyroid condition is still undiagnosed or not treated on time, it can affect breastfeeding in many ways.

Initially, you may feel that the amount of breast milk is low because you are in the early days of breastfeeding and your body is still taking time. However, your body should start producing enough breast milk once you have your baby, so that it can take care of your baby’s hunger needs.

In a lot of the cases, new mothers feel that the decrease in breast milk is because of stress, weakness, not eating or sleeping properly and so on. As a result, you may start feeling more stressed, which can further affect the amount of breastmilk your body produces.

Your doctor can help you

If you are pregnant and know that you have a thyroid disorder, your doctor will monitor your thyroid hormone levels regularly. This will help them to prescribe and adjust your medication in a way that is safe for your unborn baby and you.

Once you have your baby, your doctor will continue to monitor your thyroid hormone levels and adjust your medication accordingly so that your thyroid hormone levels come well within their normal range.

One of the best ways in which you can find out the real cause behind the low breastmilk production and take the required steps to improve the production, is to speak to your doctor. Your doctor will most likely talk to you about a few other signs and symptoms you may be experiencing, and suggest a few tests to diagnose the condition.

Thyroid disorder is a very common issue and something that can be treated with medical care. To make sure that you are able to take care of your baby in the best possible way, do speak to your doctor.

 

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"Your body needs thyroid hormone to produce enough milk during your lactation period so that you can breastfeed your baby properly."

References

  1. Lazarus JH et al. Thyroid Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum. In: Werner’s & Ingber’s The Thyroid. 10th Ed. 2013