trying to continue breastfeeding during flare

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   Posted 2/5/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a four and a half month old daughter, and am a big advocate for breastfeeding.  But lately I have been flaring like crazy.  I have tried all of the meds that are "OK" while breastfeeding, but am still flaring pretty badly.  I've been on remicade before, and that is what enabled me to even get pregnant, but it is not safe while nursing.  Anyone got any suggestions to try to get my disease under control??  I would really like to be able to nurse her until she is a year old. confused

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   Posted 2/5/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome to HealingWell, Have you asked your Gi doctor what meds you can use to control the flairing. So you can keep on breastfeeding your daughter.
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   Posted 2/5/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
As I do not have any children I don't know what advice to give you but please take care of yourself!! I know breast feeding has lots of benefits but your daughter needs you able to be up and about as much as she needs your milk. I read an article about breast milk banks for women who really really want to breast feed but can't due to medical conditions. I hear it is very pricey though.

Again, not knowing anything about breast feeding I don't know if this suggestion is do-able but what about doing a modified diet for awhile? When I flare I go onto mostly liquids and make sure I get my nutrients by the liquids I choose. I drink home made smoothies w/ lots of protein and fiber, broths of all kinds, jello, popscicles, etc... and then slowly add in rice, bread, broiled chicken, fish, etc. I am not sure if your milk would lose its nutrients if you are malnurished but ask your doc if you could try liquids for a bit to give your gut a rest.
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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Another option for liquid diet is to use Ensure or Boost for all your meals. As long as you drink enough of them (2000 calories per day or whatever it is you need for nursing for someone your size), they will supply all your nutritional requirements so you wouldn't have to worry about losing weight or becoming malnourished. Also, sometimes this all-liquid diet can induce remission, which would be an added plus.

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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
wibiff, i know exactly what you're going through. I went through the exact same thing. By 7 months I had to wean my child because I was just too ill and had to go back on the heavy meds.

If I had known then about things to eat that help reduce symptoms, I'd have tried changing my diet completely. My suggestion is to try the Maker's Diet. It's about eliminating processed food, sugar, white flour, and all garbage food. Eating all natural food. Veggies, meat, fish, butter, honey, fruits, and special whole grains (ie: sourdough), and fermented dairy like org. cheeses and yogurts.

Best wishes.
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