Breastmilk helps UC?

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mjw82704
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   Posted 12/20/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I have been breastfeeding I have been researching all of the healing properties of breast milk. Its used with caner patients etc.... See the link below

http://breastfeeding.suite101.com/article.cfm/alternative_uses_for_breastmilk



Anybody know anything about it being used with Ulcerative Colitis.
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema and Rowasa Enema rotating days for the next thirty days
Prenatal vitamins


Peety
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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother mentioned this to me 20 years ago, so I'm curious to see if anyone has any info, too!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


pb4
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   Posted 12/21/2008 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can actually buy colostrum pills which is made from bovine milk and it's suppose to aid with symtpoms of IBD, I tried a whole bottle for 2 months and found no difference but others have had success...you won't know until you try what might benefit symptoms.

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   Posted 12/21/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
The link I'm aware of is that breast-fed babies have lower incidences of IBD later in life. That doesn't necessarily translate to it helping adults who have already developed IBD.
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/21/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I was not breastfed and I am dealing with UC. I wonder if the incidence is higher in people who were not breastfed. I wonder a lot of things, no one in my family has ever had any kind of GI situation like this, Why me???

pb4
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   Posted 12/21/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I was breastfed for a whole yr although my mom was predisposed to getting UC, she wasn't sick with it until after I got sick with crohn's (she was in her mid 60's by the time she got sick...not that the fact that she was predisposed had anything to do with me being breastfed by her since she breastfed all 6 of us and so far I'm the youngest and the only one with an IBD (I'm the youngest, the rest are older than me)...just ironic I guess that I was breastfed by a future UCer and became a CDer.

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Probiotic
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   Posted 12/23/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I was only breastfed for a few weeks while my brother was throughout and it is I who have the IBD-- it makes alot of sense that the colon's immune system would be "primed" critically early on.  But that is a long time ago and of course the medical reasons a mother may have stopped breast feeding then would not have been known to have risks at that time.  Wish I could send a message back in time to beg mom to breast feed me longer, and failing that, have had my appendix removed pre-emptively, lol (appendix removal is a very protective factor against ever getting UC).

Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred, 100 mg Imuran TCM
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Bennie
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   Posted 12/23/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I breastfed all three of my kids. My oldest was breastfed the longest, probably 2 years. My daughter was breastfed for just over a year. My youngest son was breastfed for almost a year. My oldest son has Crohns. My daughter had UC. So far my youngest has no signs of IBD. All were introduced to milk around one year.
Other than IBD, healthwise, my oldest son was/is the healthiest. Rarely was sick. My youngest son has asthma (the only one of the bunch).
Of course, the IBD and the asthma seem to come from my side of the family. But they all got my brains! smilewinkgrin


--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
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Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
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   Posted 12/24/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
And I'm sure your good looks too eh Bennie? :0)
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Bennie
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
But of course, Sherry! tongue
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery and no more meds!
11/10/08-Step 2 reconnect!
 
Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
Asacol, Pentasa, 6-mp


pb4
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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
See, there really is no rhyme or reason when it comes to IBD and being breastfed.

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Dr-A
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
We have so much extra breastmilk. about to make me some ice cream!!
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Golimumab study
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quincy
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't breastfed I don't think.

My friends and SIL breastfed all their kids and all of them have allergies and/or asthma.

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~various digestive enzymes as needed
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guila
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   Posted 12/24/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I breastfed my son for 18 months. He was diagnosed with pancolitis at age 20. I sometimes supplemented with regular formula though.

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pb4
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   Posted 12/24/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr-A said...
We have so much extra breastmilk. about to make me some ice cream!!

Well that would be some awfully sweet icecream LOL!

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Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/24/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
yuk, breast milk tastes nasty! I breastfed my daughter for 27 months- a long time! Of course I tried some, squeezed a little out & sipped it. Oh god, it tasted just like bile or vomit. I truly can't believe infants can gulp it down the way they do. By the way, my daughter is 6 now, & has seasonal allergies & is allergic to pet fur. No asthma or gastro issues so far- I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
yuk, breast milk tastes nasty! I breastfed my daughter for 27 months- a long time! Of course I tried some, squeezed a little out & sipped it. Oh god, it tasted just like bile or vomit. I truly can't believe infants can gulp it down the way they do. By the way, my daughter is 6 now, & has seasonal allergies & is allergic to pet fur. No asthma or gastro issues so far- I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


LOL, no it doesn't. It tastes like the milk in the bottom of a bowl of cereal. Don't ask.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA

Post Edited (Dr-A) : 12/25/2008 5:59:39 AM (GMT-7)


*Jen*
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   Posted 12/24/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
<quote>appendix removal is a very protective factor against ever getting UC). </quote>
 
Is this true???  Wow...I would so have my kid's removed to avoid having to deal with UC for the rest of their lives.
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Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 12/25/2008 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
yuk, breast milk tastes nasty! I breastfed my daughter for 27 months- a long time! Of course I tried some, squeezed a little out & sipped it. Oh god, it tasted just like bile or vomit. I truly can't believe infants can gulp it down the way they do. By the way, my daughter is 6 now, & has seasonal allergies & is allergic to pet fur. No asthma or gastro issues so far- I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


What???  Well mine tasted nice and sweet, hubby tried it (only cuz I'd squirt him in the face with it from across the room LOL, don't ask...anyways, he of course got it on/in the mouth and said it was warm and sweet.

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Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/25/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe I was having an off day???? Every time I tasted mine it was horrid- I used to pump too, because I worked overnights from the time my daughter was 3 months old on, & whether it was from the bottle or the boob, it was just like vomit. I too read of this study, it was done it Italy, & the gist of it is the breastfeeding makes one less likely to contract IBD. I personally was not breastfed- my parents were of that generation who thought only poor people or immigrants breastfed.... ahhh, America in the 70's! eyes   Even my Mom's ob/gyn discouraged nursing at the time, which I guess was pretty common. They just gave all the women the pills to dry up the milk. It's amazing how no one seemed to realize the health benefits until fairly recently.
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 

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