Constipation While Breastfeeding

The unfamiliar stress of giving birth, initial uncertainty, confusion, and the resulting exhaustion can put a strain on your digestion.

Iron Supplements
If you continue taking iron supplements after giving birth, constipation is not uncommon.

In this case, it may be sensible to switch products or discuss stopping taking the supplements entirely with your doctor. You then need to take on the required quantities of iron through your diet – for example nuts and dried fruits. They not only provide the additional energy needed for breastfeeding, they also loosen your bowels – as long as you also drink enough: two to three liters of liquid a day is ideal.

Just like at the beginning of your pregnancy, a change in hormone balance can also put a strain on your digestion after giving birth.

Constant care is also a potential catalyst for constipation: If you feel permanently responsible and don’t want to leave your baby alone for even such a short period, you’ll probably either put off going to the toilet or even suppress your need completely.1

1 Prenatal vitamins: Why they matter, how to choose. (2019). Retrieved 7 August 2019, from