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Can stress cause my breast milk to dry up?

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In brief: Yes

Major stress can certainly diminish breastmilk supply.
However, there are things that can be done to counteract the effects of major stress. Drink tons of water (or other non-caffeinated clear liquid) and use fenugreek, an herbal preparation which helps increase milk supply. Dealing with the stress, itself, will also help -- for instance, counseling, yoga and relaxation exercises.

In brief: Yes

Major stress can certainly diminish breastmilk supply.
However, there are things that can be done to counteract the effects of major stress. Drink tons of water (or other non-caffeinated clear liquid) and use fenugreek, an herbal preparation which helps increase milk supply. Dealing with the stress, itself, will also help -- for instance, counseling, yoga and relaxation exercises.
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Dr. Ali Hallaj-pour
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Human and animal studies have shown that physical and emotional stress can reduce milk production short term. The effect of chronic stress on breast feeding is not fully understood.
Breast feeding is actually relaxing for most mothers so you should continue breast feeding to help relieve the stress if at all possible. The more the breast is stimulated the sooner your milk supply is back to normal.

In brief: Yes

Human and animal studies have shown that physical and emotional stress can reduce milk production short term. The effect of chronic stress on breast feeding is not fully understood.
Breast feeding is actually relaxing for most mothers so you should continue breast feeding to help relieve the stress if at all possible. The more the breast is stimulated the sooner your milk supply is back to normal.
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