Breastfeeding changes and transforms your body in so many ways, both inside and out. There are the obvious changes that you can see, like the appearance of your boobs. There are the mind boggling emotional changes, like wondering why you love a crying, pooping human so much. It's safe to say that nursing an infant has a profound impact on a woman's health in almost every way, but what about down there? Does breastfeeding affect your vaginal health too? Of course it does, because what doesn't change when breastfeeding?
Hormones have a lot to do with the vaginal changes occurring while breastfeeding. Very Well noted that the act of breastfeeding stimulates the release of two major hormones: oxytocin and prolactin. Additionally, breastfeeding suppresses the production of the hormone estrogen, as explained on the Healthy Women website. The impact of these simultaneous fluctuations in hormones has a huge impact overall on a woman's health, including her vaginal health.
The important thing to remember is that none of these changes are typically a reason for serious concern. Many women experience them, and shouldn't be overly alarmed by them. It's just good to take note and understand that while these changes may be embarrassing or pose a slight inconvenience, they're not harmful and not forever. Here are five ways breastfeeding could affect your vaginal health.