Need to gain weight, have no appetite-- suggestions??

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inflamed
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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I've lost over 11 pounds in 3 days. Not from CD, but from a debilitating cold (that I probably caught b/c of CD). I'm nursing a 3 month old and don't want to loose any more weight. I can't taste much and have no appetite. Any tips on foods that are high in calories, but palatable when I have NO appetite? I've been slamming boost plus and drinking a lot, but really have no interest in much else (eggs, toast, plain chicken).
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


Stef17
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you're taking your prenatal vitamins and just keep chugging away at the boost plus. Sorry if my suggestions gross you out - but... what about waffles with butter and a lot of syrup? If you can't handle the sugar, can you do any carby things like rice or pasta? They are kind of bulky and should help. Don't worry so much about the weight as making sure you're on top of your vitamins and doing the best you can.

For what it may be worth: When I was nursing baby #1 I flared so badly that I had to wean her QUICKLY at 6mos. She was P.O.'d at the sudden transition to formula and we were all traumatized. With baby #2 I decided that I would get him used to the taste of formula from the beginning "just in case". Gave him 1-2 bottles of it a week and it helped me feel so much less stressed.

inflamed
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Stef. I have been keeping up on the vitamins at least. You know, the syrup might not gross me out b/c I might be able to taste it. I just charred a bagel and didn't realize it because I couldn't smell it burning.

She's used to a bottle but most of the time she gets pumped milk. I'm almost out of my stores of frozen milk though, so I may get the formula back out. Hubby's giving her a bottle at night so I can take a cough syrup w/ codeine and *try* to sleep.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


Stef17
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   Posted 12/5/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh. Nothing worse than feeling like crud AND then having to worry about baby on top of everything. It's so hard with all the "mom guilt". I hope you feel better soon!!! And YAY for hubby giving her a bottle! I hope you get some sleep!!!

CrohnsPatient
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   Posted 12/5/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that when I had no apetite, of course I had to make myself eat, but I normally ate things like mashed potatoes, and like broiled chicken with a light gravy for a little more flavoring, which trust me, gets old fast, but you can handle it when you havent been used to eating and need to get something in you.

Nanners
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   Posted 12/5/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Another suggestion might be a protein drink. You take a glass of milk, a package of Carnation Instant Breakfast, and a scoop of Vanilla ice cream, and mix them all together and drink them down. If you are lactose intolerant, you can use Lactose Free milk. Hope that helps and kiss your little one for me. I love how babies smell:)
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


broomhilda
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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless your heart...I have nothing to offer except lots of fluids!!! Careful with the iron in the Boost Plus...it may cause you grief later. Sleep tight!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.


inflamed
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   Posted 12/6/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all of the suggestions. The rice, mashed potatoes and protein drink worked yesterday. Now I am at least partially functioning. I knew you guys would have great tips for this!!

hj
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


sjkly
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   Posted 12/6/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
How about peanut butter either on toast or a PBJ-lots of calories, protein etc and its pretty palatable to me no mater what-comfort food.
Creamy soups instead of clear.
Milkd shakes-add some vanilla ice cream to your boost or ensure.
Cream cheese on the bagel.
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