D-MER

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I was perusing Kellymom the other day and came across this post about some weird condition. That I totally have. (Kellymom is THE online resource for all things nursing-related!)

See, every time little Sugarpie latches on to nurse, I get a flashback to the baby blues that haunted me the first two weeks of her life. This is accompanied by loss of appetite. Then, about 30 mercifully, short seconds later, it goes away.

I always thought it was strange, but I just deal with it, since it comes and goes so quickly. Turns out, I’m not alone and it has a name.

D-MER is short for dysphoric milk ejection reflex. (See these search results if you don’t believe me.) For me, it’s not such a big deal because, like I said, it goes away quickly. But it is NOT nice to be reminded of the emotional hell I was in at the very beginning (see this post).

This has lessened over time and sometimes I don’t even feel the letdown (even though I know she got one because of her nursing rhythm).

Anyone else experienced this? I thought I was crazy, but I guess I am not alone!

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4 responses »

  1. Isn’t that the weirdest thing? I did not have DMER, but I know a couple of people who have, and it gradually faded for them over time. Glad you figured out what it is — lots of people just think there’s something wrong with them and/or decide to quit nursing b/c they associate those negative feelings with it.

    • you do? wow! i had never heard a thing about it. it has faded, in fact, i hardly feel my letdowns anymore. thanks for stopping by!

  2. Isnt that interesting!! I’d have never thought it was actually a condition but just something you have to get used to dealing with, especially if it happens with your first child when you don’t know what to expect.
    Hope it didn’t last too long and that eight months in you’re past the worst!

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