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    Default Dizzy after feeding?

    I have been EBF DS2 for over 6 months now and on and off I find I feel really light headed and dizzy after a feed. It's not every feed but I feel like it's happening more often, at least once a day i go to stand after a feed and feel all light headed and fuzzy. It only lasts a few seconds but often I have to grab a bench etc to steady myself.

    I am wandering if anyone else has experienced this and knows what causes it? I am hesitant to go to the GP as I feel fine otherwise and it feels like a waste of time (which I have very little of at present!). Especially if it's just a 'normal' breastfeeding thing.

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    Default Dizzy after feeding?

    Could you be low in iron? I'm not BFing, but had some bloods done as thought I was heading into menopause, and she did my iron too which was 7! My Dr said I was going for a record, so clearly not good (low end of normal is 25). It kind of explained why I was so tired (which I put down to having kids), and can cause dizziness too I think. I'd sometimes get 3 seconds of dizziness if I got up quickly, plus my sleep was bad which is another symptom. I had an infusion, and while I'm still tired, it's normal tired. I don't feel so lethargic and "half dead tired" like I was before. My only other suggestion is to drink more water and see if that helps.

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    Yep. Mine is due to low blood pressure. From insufficient water intake.

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    Thanks ladies I have started to drink more water as I thought it couldn't hurt so will see if it helps any. Low blood pressure and low iron are definitely possibilities as I had both during pregnancy (but my iron usually comes good after birth so I stopped taking ferro-grad as it's not supposed to be good long term, and my last iron test was ok).

    Will go get bloods done/BP checked if it continues I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Yep. Mine is due to low blood pressure. From insufficient water intake.
    Did you find increasing water helped at all?

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    How bout your sugars?
    I have a pretty clean diet normally.
    DD 6 mths is ebf and I have found I can't have my low carb days like I used to - so carbs are up and I also sometimes need a sugar hit to help me too - I generally have a fast metabolism and I guess the feeding drags a lot out of you too!

    (I had low sugars a lot in pregnancy - DP is type 1 diabetic so thankfully he knows the signs of a hypo and tested me - always low!!!!)

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    I used to get quite dizzy while BF and I think it was a combination of dehydration and not eating enough. I'd try upping water intake and snacks and see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl79 View Post
    Did you find increasing water helped at all?
    Yep and increasing my salt intake. Usually I eat a low salt or no salt diet but as I sweat so much during pregnancy and summer my reserves are lower. A berocca 1-2 a week does the trick with more water as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Yep. Mine is due to low blood pressure. From insufficient water intake.
    This. I find downing a good litre of water helps to knock out the dizzies. Also mineral water is really nice for a change and a boost.

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