Breastfeeding Mom Experiencing Dizziness Since Delivery

Updated on December 24, 2010
B.F. asks from Redwood City, CA
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Hi all-

I'm a nursing mom of a seventh month old boy. Since his birth I've experienced consistent dizziness when standing up quickly, laying down, stretching and moving my head quickly in certain positions. Not sure if it's related, but the other day I experienced a couple seconds of vertigo and it was a little scary since I wouldn't want it to happen while holding the baby. Curious if anyone has experienced anything similar and has any thoughts? Could be just 'normal' low blood pressure? (which is my OB's initial opinion without doing any tests) Iron deficiency? (Although I'm still taking my prenatals and eat meat.) Hopefully not an inner ear issue. Thanks in advance!

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answers from San Francisco on

Manganese deficiency can cause dizzyness, and ear noise.

Anemia can as well. Slowfe is an over the counter iron supplement, but excess iron can cause constipation and subsequent hemmeriods, so be careful. Drinks lots of water and eat lots of fruits and veggies.Increase vit C and vit A. Brocoli is good because it has both the iron and the vit c in it. Egg yolks are good for building iron stores because the lethicin builds red blood cells. Also eat lots of ORGAN meats, like calf liver. B12 is important for anemia, take b complex because b12 needs some of the other b vits for uptake.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I have been having vertigo for years. There is no real explanation for vertigo, other than inner ear issues. How it is related to hormonal changes due to breastfeeding???? I had my first bout of vertigo in university 8 years ago (not due to pregnancy or breastfeeding) and this year, after a bout with the stomach flu (dehydrated!!!) when I was 31 weeks pregnant (that was my bout in about 2 years). This summer when my daughter was 3 months old, it came again until about a month ago. It lasted 3 months and unfortunately, it started up 2 days ago again. I feel like it may be because I am dehydrated and underslept, although I can't find anything online to this effect. It's pretty scary though, because my right eye feels kind of off. I don't think it has anything to do with low iron. I think it may be a myriad of things causing it! Hope your goes away soon!



answers from Fresno on

I am a breastfeeding mom who experiences the same thing and I delivered my second child 11 weeks ago. I spoke with my doctor about it and she advised me that this dizziness is probably related to not getting enough sleep, food and water and being generally exhausted! For me it feels something like what I imagine walking on the moon would feel like, kinda like going in slo-mo. I hope you feel better, maybe you just need a good nap, a good meal and a lot of water.



answers from Modesto on

HI B.!

Congratulations on motherhood!

I began having episodes of vertigo at the end of my pregnancy with my youngest. My vertigo was to the point of vomiting, though :o( I learned how NOT to tilt my head in the shower, how NOT to rotate laundry, etc.... all to try not to "set it off".

The Dr never found any trouble with me. I eventually found that it seemed to be associated with allergies! I couldn't feel the allergies bothering me, but once the vertigo began it all pointed to allergies (plugged ears,slight stuffy nose). Nothing really took the symptoms away completely, but Dramadine helped ease the nausea. Tylenol Sinus seemed to help reduce the "episodes" of dizziness.

I basically just learned how to move around without instigating the vertigo.

Today, my youngest is 6, and I still occassionally get vertigo. My case seems mild, and I'm just getting better with avoiding the problem.

I know it's miserable, but you will find a way to work through it. Just try to figure what "triggers" the dizziness (eg: mine was each time my head layed to the right, or moved my head too fast) and be careful with that baby!

I hope some of my experience helps to understand your situation a little bit better.

~N. :O)



answers from San Francisco on

I had something similar. It turned out I was anemic and needed to be put on an iron supplement in addition to my prenatals. Sounds like you should have some bloodwork.



answers from Redding on

I was very anemic after I gave birth (the anemia didn't go away for six months even though I was heavily supplementing with iron-- it just takes a long time to build back up). Your symptoms sound familiar to mine. You should get tested for anemia just to rule it out if nothing else. I also have "normal" low blood pressure and wasn't drinking caffeine while I was nursing, so it could be that too.



answers from San Francisco on

I have low blood pressure, and all of those things happen to me.

Things that help me: 1. staying well-hydrated. 2. eating frequently.


answers from Fresno on

Hi B.,
I've always had very low blood pressure (the other day my doctor freaked out when he measured it at 90/50), and I also experience dizziness when standing up quickly or even when being outside in the heat. Caffeine seems to help get my blood pressure up (as does my crazy job, LOL!).

Anyhow, I guess it could be some other issue, but your reaction sounds just like mine when I was nursing - I wasn't drinking any caffeine, and of course when I was actually pregnant my blood pressure was a bit higher (in the "normal" range for once) - so going back to my usual low blood pressure, minus any caffeine, made me a total flatliner! =)



answers from Sacramento on

He B. -

Sometimes we have nerves that get pinched or small bones that get out of place during these events. Sometimes even normal life activities. I suggest going to a chiropractor and get a few adjustments. So much changes with our bodies during pregnancy and child birth, that sometimes it doesn't go back quite correctly. If you live in Elk Grove, I suggest Dr. Doug Ferguson. He is great, has a lot of knowledge and is really good.

Good luck!



answers from San Francisco on

Hi B.,

I had the same problems after giving birth and it lasted for a few months and then disapated for the most part. My daughter is now 9 months and if it does occur and although I am still breastfeeding I mostly attribute it to allergies now. I had my eyes checked just to be sure and you could even talk to a dentist if you think it could be TMJ related but I agree it is probably mostly due to exhaustion as well.

Take good care of yourself and get some rest, good luck!



answers from Sacramento on

Ask your doctor to do a blood panel on you. You may be low in iron, as many moms are after delivery, and this can also contribute to the dizziness.
W. M.

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