Breastfeeding cravings different than pregnancy cravings?

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yum yum danishOnly a few months after giving birth to my first son, Everett, I went to court to defend my employer in a contractual matter. Opposing counsel was pregnant, and while my boss and his nemesis were trying to work things out in the hall, we chatted about breastfeeding. This was her second pregnancy, and she told me that during her first, her breastfeeding cravings were insane: she'd eat whatever she could get her hands on, even garbanzo beans right out of the can.

I've been breastfeeding Truman for nine months, and I'm still hungry all. the. time. But my cravings are far different than during pregnancy. When I was pregnant, I craved carbohydrates, dairy, protein, and vegetables. I couldn't get enough greens and I wanted cream cheese on everything. After I got over my initial nausea I wanted to eat sausage constantly.

I'm still in need of much protein (beef, I love you, oh, how I love you) but my major craving is sweets. I've noticed that I get these cravings most keenly right after I put Truman down from a long breastfeeding jag. Right now, as I'm typing, I'm jittery even though I just ate two macadamia white chocolate chip cookies. I need more sugar. NOW.

(And yes, I'm trying to eat fruit when I crave sugar, but it's hard: I really just want chocolate, cookies, cake.) Did you have different cravings during pregnancy and breastfeeding? And was anyone else such a sugar freak?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.