Re: Do you stink ever since you bf?
Good suggestions from the PPs. I particularly like Manitobamommy's thought about a more sensitive nose being a component.
An increase in vaginal odor could be due to hormones. When a mom breastfeeds, her estrogen levels are lower for a while. This means decreased ability to lubricate and an overall drier vaginal environment, which can cause different odor.
I also recently read a really fascinating article about vaginal bacteria during pregnancy- it turns out that when we are pregnant, the vagina's normal bacterial flora experiences a marked increase in species of lactobacilli. Lactobacilli help the human gut digest milk, and it's possible that having more of them in the vagina during childbirth helps provide a baby's digestive system with a healthy bacterial flora. Of course, returning to a non-pregnant state, bacterially speaking, will take some time, and maybe during that time a women might experience different smells.
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