Breastfeeding with lipedema

A sensitive subject as I have to find out.

Breastfeeding is still a topic where opinions differ. The question of whether a mother is breastfeeding or giving the bottle can only be answered incorrectly. Breastfeeding you, has definitely been breastfeeding for too long and the child won't be satisfied anyway. Giving you the bottle, breastfeeding is the holy grail.

This article is not intended to give a rating.

Dear mothers, do what with her feel good and just let the others talk.

But I think this is a principle that you learn very quickly as a mother.

After the birth of my daughter, I started breastfeeding her. We didn't have any problems with that. Now she is already a toddler and we are not quite finished with breastfeeding. Which I also think is good and not bad at all. Incidentally, the natural weaning age can be up to 7 years. The whole thing is so individual. Every child has their time. Every child has their own pace.

Breastfeeding with Lipedema - Is There a Problem?

But what about breastfeeding with lipedema? I scoured the Internet, but I didn't find anything. I received an email from a lipedema nurse. She told me that her doctor advised her to stop breastfeeding right away. Because if you were to breastfeed, you would get massive pain. She sounded a bit desperate because she just didn't know what to do.

At this point I would just like to give one thing to consider. Those doctors who advise us to stop breastfeeding, keep our calories to a minimum, or exercise more than a competitive athlete are the same doctors who say they don't know where lipedema comes from and there are no studies on it. So where do you get the knowledge to give us such tips? When it comes to breastfeeding, I think it's a serious intervention.

Dear expectant mothers, please try to let it come to you. Take your little baby in your arms. It will need you and will look for you. Give it what it wants. Just let nature run free. Breastfeeding doesn't hurt, doesn't make sagging breasts, doesn't make lipedema worse, and doesn't make you ecotrophs. To be honest, I find all these prejudices really wrong.

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You are asked!

It makes me wonder that breastfeeding is advised against. The Hormone still flood through the body after the birth and I don't know what disadvantages should arise. But at this point you are asked!

How did you feel during breastfeeding? Please report it, like in the comments or on Facebook / Instagram. I want to encourage those affected and you should please help me.

We have to talk and inform about it openly!

My review of my breastfeeding time

Of course, it's a very individual review. Just like everything is a little bit individual. I started breastfeeding my daughter after she was born. She did her job more than well and we had no problems mooring. It hurt a bit at the beginning. The breast has to get used to sucking. For me it was time to close my eyes for a moment. After 3–4 days, we were able to breastfeed. Without pain, just smacking my little ones with pleasure Hanna connected. In retrospect, I now like to think back to those moments. In fact, I almost cry when I think about how I listened to a doctor and let these beautiful moments be stolen from me.

Handwriting Anja

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Author: annichen1989

I'm Anja and I was born on February 10.02.1989th, 2 in Schwedt an der Oder. So I come from beautiful Brandenburg. Professionally, I work as an office communication clerk, I support XNUMX companies with my workforce. I also work as an artist in the field of manga. Dear Caroline invited me to participate in this blog. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and I hope that this will also make our disease better known.

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  • Hello.
    I have 3 children, one I breastfed for 3 months, the middle 7 months and the smallest 16 months. Yes, I always had a thrust while breastfeeding and the legs were the most sensitive and painful at this time. But what's the point, this time goes by, and after that it gets so much better, and the time with the child is so great. I didn't listen to a doctor. I went through all 3 pregnancies contrary to the opinion of the doctors and it was always the right decision.

  • I got even bigger problems with lipedema from breastfeeding than from pregnancy. But honestly: I don't regret it and it is actually not 100% clear that every woman has to endure this way. Some get it through puberty, others through SSW, others through the pill, etc. This should be left to the mother to decide how she does it

  • For less than a second I wondered whether breastfeeding could have any influence on my lipedema and I am already breastfeeding my 3rd child!
    In fact, after the first two pregnancies, I had an attack after about 6-8 months, but whether it actually has anything to do with breastfeeding ... who knows! And even if I did, I would not have given up breastfeeding my children 🙂

  • Hallo,
    I am currently breastfeeding despite lipedema. My little one is now 6 months old.
    I haven't had any problems so far. But was almost symptom-free during the SS. The pain is slowly coming back.
    But I don't think it has anything to do with breastfeeding. Would breastfeed again and again and wouldn't let any doctor talk me out of it.
    However, I can understand that you can quickly feel insecure when expecting your first child. So I hope that many women who are in the situation will read this report and feel empowered by it.

  • I also quiet my little one, but it was difficult for us to stick with it from the start. In the clinic I had to feed and then my sister had to show me how to put it on because no one in the clinic had granted my request for help. Breastfeeding is painful to this day and I only go through with it because it is good for my daughter, but I confess that I am longing for the 6th month so that the complementary food can start. Wearing compression and breastfeeding is difficult for me because my circulation is currently giving up in the heat so I have to partially leave out the stockings. My legs still look bad from pregnancy, but I can't say whether that is due to the lack of compression after giving birth. Nevertheless, I am interested in what other experiences other lipedema sufferers have had.

  • Hi, I breastfed my two children and now my third is breastfeeding too. My first child 2 years, my second 16 months and my third already 1 year. My pregnancies were always very painless and without a big surge. In retrospect, however, I can say that the breastfeeding period has always led to a very strong increase in weight and pain. With every child I have advanced to another stage of lipedema. Nevertheless, I would not replace this time with anything and do it again and again! I also have to say that after the first SS and breastfeeding I got back in great shape. The effort was very high (strength training every day and renouncing sugar, gluten and very little carbs) but the Ss of my last two children are very close together and that triggered a very strong wave of pain. I hope that this subsides after breastfeeding ...

  • Hallo,

    I have lipedema myself and three children. I breastfed all three children for up to a year. The last two were full for almost eight months. That wasn't a problem for my lipedema. On the contrary, the hormones while breastfeeding made me feel much better than before and after. Not only the nice moments but also my symptoms were even significantly better and it also had a positive effect on my measurements. After weaning, however, the symoptomes came for it

  • Hi Anja,
    Briefly about my lipedema story:
    I only found the courage or the right and competent GP who listened to me and directed me to the right specialist in 2019. I suspected that something was not so healthy with me for a long time, about since puberty started .

    Since I got the diagnosis after the first pregnancy and breastfeeding, I did not even think about the connection between the topics or even consciously experience and recognize it. During pregnancy I already had the feeling that my body had exploded and hurt (cool alkali baths were good), but I enjoyed breastfeeding to the fullest, especially in terms of the fact that I feed my child naturally and I had no conscious difficulties.
    What I noticed, however, is that shortly after breastfeeding, but also parallel to a change in diet, an enormous burden is placed on my body and my joints. Suddenly I was completely flexible again and no longer so stiff.

    Now in my second pregnancy I also notice this certain immobility. The pressure in the arms and legs is enormous and it hurts accordingly. Compression helps to a certain extent, but it is also more of an additional burden. Exercise helps. Nevertheless, I don't want to be influenced by lipedema and refuse to breastfeed my second child. I think breastfeeding is best for me and my child, but every mom can decide for herself! I am happy to report back when breastfeeding starts or is going on, whether the lipedema is causing me more symptoms

  • Breastfeeding did me good, also when it comes to lipedema. In the first pregnancy I had massive edema that went away quickly after the birth. No. 1 I breastfed for two years, right into the second pregnancy and did not have the problems and pain as in the first pregnancy. No. 2 I have been breastfeeding for nine months and according to Sanifee, the leg circumference is similar to before the second pregnancy.

  • Dear Anja, I also breastfed my two children. My son a good 12 months and my daughter 26 months. I haven't had any negative experiences with it. It was a great time and I don't want to miss it.

  • Hi!
    Interestingly, I lost the leg pain during and after pregnancies, including breastfeeding periods and the pain only returned about 7 years later. My lipedema was not affected by the pregnancies, I have always had this figure, since puberty and the leg pain since consistently childhood. Now that the pain is back, I am looking for new solutions, such as anti-inflammatory diets.

  • Hallo,
    I am currently still breastfeeding. My son is now 9,5 months. The SS and the breastfeeding period went rather positively for me in terms of lipedema. I couldn't wear compression while I was pregnant, but I didn't have any pain during that time. I got MLD almost to the end. At the moment I am lying a few kilos below my starting weight in front of the SS (that almost went by itself) and after measuring my thighs recently, I have probably lost a few cm here. However, the skin does not cooperate and I will now have new stockings made for me. I still have Hashimoto and my stats are not that good, so I'm a little afraid that the weight will go back up.

  • Hallo,

    my son is now almost 13 months and I also breastfeed 2-3 times in 24 hours. With regard to my lipedema, the SS was a dream and even after the birth, as I was painless. In addition, my size would be a little smaller than before the SS. The pain came back a few months ago. I do think that it was because I was breastfeeding less and less. For a few weeks now I've also had more water retention and everything is wobbly. And even if I already had a stomach, I have the feeling that some lipedema fat has also formed on the stomach. In terms of weight, I had gained 15 kg, 10 kg of which was water retention and after 2 weeks I was gone from one day to the next and the rest was gone after a few months without any problems, even a few kilos more than before the SS. But currently due to the water retention almost the old weight again. I haven't had my days again either.

    I would like to have an operation, but I am also afraid that the skin will not keep up. After weaning, I will first take care of my intestines in about 1-2 months and do an acid / base cure and then see how my connective tissue develops. The tissue should also become a little firmer after weaning.

    I mean that every woman, with or without lipedema, decides for herself whether she wants to breastfeed or not or for how long.