Aussiegirl, just want to chime in here about not worrying too much about breastfeeding. It's ABSOLUTELY more important that you stay well than it is to breastfeed...trust me! My UC symptoms first began about 4 weeks after I had my son (who was born in Oct 2009). By the time he was 8 weeks old, I was so sick, I'd lost my supply. In the meantime, I'd been seeing my primary doc, who wasn't sure what was going on, and was ordering stool tests and such. By late November/early December, he was ready to send me to a GI, but my symptoms cleared up dramatically. I wasn't "normal," but I was ok. Then in January the symptoms came back, I was sent to a GI, and finally diagnosed at the end of the month.
I was initially very, very, very upset about having lost my supply. But, now that I look back and see everything differently, I wish I'd know what was wrong much earlier on, so that I could've gotten treatment and gotten well sooner. Having a newborn and being so sick is not fun, and is not a good way to spend quality time getting to know and enjoy your newborn. Your baby will be much better off in the long run if you're well and formula feeding than if you're sick and breastfeeding.
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Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, multivitamin. Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to get into remission.