Unanticipated Realities: 5 Things You Might Not Expect While Breastfeeding

Unanticipated Realities: 5 Things You Might Not Expect While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is often described as a beautiful and natural experience, fostering a deep connection between mother and baby. While it brings numerous joys, there are aspects of breastfeeding that can catch new mothers by surprise. In this blog, we'll explore five unexpected things you might encounter while breastfeeding, one of them being a phenomenon rarely discussed — vaginal dryness.

  1. Vaginal Dryness: A Surprising Connection:

One of the less commonly discussed aspects of breastfeeding is the potential for vaginal dryness. Hormonal changes during breastfeeding, particularly a decrease in estrogen levels, can lead to changes in vaginal lubrication. Many women might not anticipate this side effect, but it's a normal part of the postpartum journey. Staying hydrated and using a cream like Dr. Wolff's V-san Moisturising Cream can help manage this temporary change.

  1. Unpredictable Letdown Reflex:

The letdown reflex, where milk is released from the breast, can be unpredictable. Sometimes it can happen at unexpected moments, triggered by a baby's cry or even unrelated stimuli. This reflex may catch new moms off guard, leading to surprising moments of leakage. Keep a few disposable or reusable bamboo breast pads in your bag, car and in your bathroom at home. 

  1. Breast Size Discrepancy:

It's common for one breast to produce more milk than the other, leading to a noticeable difference in breast size. This can be unexpected for new mothers who may not have anticipated such a visible change. It's important to remember that breast size doesn't impact the ability to breastfeed effectively.

  1. Emotional Rollercoaster:

Breastfeeding is not only a physical experience but an emotional one as well. Hormonal fluctuations can contribute to mood swings and emotional sensitivity. Some mothers might be surprised by the intensity of these emotions, ranging from joy and deep connection to moments of frustration or sadness. Try to fit in some time for yourself, to relax and unwind. Continuing your self-care routine as best you can is a must during this time. 

  1. Intense Thirst:

Breastfeeding requires extra hydration, and many moms experience an intense thirst during nursing sessions. This unexpected sensation can take some getting used to, but keeping a water bottle nearby can help meet this increased demand for fluids.


While breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural part of motherhood, it comes with its share of unexpected surprises. From the physical changes like vaginal dryness and breast size fluctuations to the emotional highs and lows, each mother's breastfeeding journey is unique. By acknowledging and discussing these unexpected aspects, we can create a supportive environment for new mothers, fostering a sense of understanding and camaraderie as they navigate the joys and challenges of breastfeeding.

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