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Is There Sex after Babies?

Parenthood can be challenging and exhausting. All new parents, whether they're breastfeeding or not, are fatigued by the end of the day, or sleep-deprived all day long. The mother especially, may feel "touched out" by the end of a long day. Don't feel you're the only people experiencing this.

While breastfeeding, you may have more or less sexual desire. All people experience highs and lows in their desire at different stages in their life.

Keep the lines of communication open. Remain connected by cuddling on the couch and kissing in the kitchen. Use a little creativity and advance planning. The extra effort may be well worth it.

For More Information

More information on intimate relationships while breastfeeding, including a link to an article on sexuality and breastfeeding, is found on our breastfeeding resource page on relationships with spouses and partners.

Our FAQs present information from La Leche League International on topics of interest to parents of breastfed children. Not all of the information may be pertinent to your family's lifestyle. This information is general in nature and not intended to be advice, medical or otherwise. If you have a serious breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader. Please consult health care professionals on any medical issue, as La Leche League Leaders are not medical practitioners.

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