Continuing on from the previous blog, it’s important to note that when a woman is constantly touching and interacting with her baby, and especially if she is breastfeeding, she can feel ‘touched out’, which is a very common feeling in women postnatally where they don’t want any physical contact with their partner because they are getting too much of it with baby. Talking about breastfeeding, breastfeeding women resume their sexual practice later than non-breastfeeding women, suffer more often from pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) and indicate a lower satisfaction with their sexual intercourse. Breastfeeding women have low levels of estrogen, which is associated with a decrease in vaginal lubrication, which in turn causes pain during intercourse. Moreover when a woman is breastfeeding, there is an elevated level of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin, which in turn have various effects on a woman’s sexual function.