Can stopping breastfeeding cause a flare????

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am considering stopping breastfeeding so that I can start trying more/different medications for my UC. I started flaring again after I started augmentin antibiotics:( for a sinus infection.
Female Currently Breastfeeding (All my meds are approved by the doc. for breastfeeding but they still make me nervous)
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
3.5mg Low Dose Naltrexone, Prednisone 15mg and tapering,Zoloft,Prenatal vitamins,Juice Plus,Expecta DHA,Emergen C,Probotic Just ordered VSL $$$$$and Udo's Oil when I remember:(

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think so, I've never heard of that happening...I sure hope it won't because I don't think you could breast feed forever to stay in remission...I know it's hard for us to not think about the "what ifs" but it's very unlikely that stopping breastfeeding would cause a flare.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe that woman often flare when they get pregnant because the baby is taking important nutrients from the mother and leaves the mother with a deficiency. Quitting breast feeding will let you keep more of your nutrients so I think if anything it will help you to not flare.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard of breastfeeding affecting a flare. I just want to say that I am in the same boat as you. I just had my little girl 5 weeks ago and I had to take anti-biotics a week after she was born and now I'm paying the price w/ my UC (I was in remission while pregnant). My GI wants me to start 6mp (allergic to 5ASA's) but I said I'm not taking anything until I'm done breastfeeding. My goal is to breastfeed for 6 months. By breastfeeding our little ones we are giving them a better chance at NOT developing UC later in life by getting the good flora in their system now. What meds are you wanting to take?
31 yr old female
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any meds for now. May be on 6mp soon?

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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You and I are in the same boat. I originally planned on breastfeeding for one year then with this flare I changed to 6 months now I am thinking about stopping sooner he is 4 months now and is both formula and breast feed. The things I am thinking of trying are things that have not been tested. More natural remedies which you would think would be okay but really we don't know how they would affect an infant. I am currently taking zoloft, augmentin (antibiotic) Low Dose Naltrexone, and Prednisone 15mg. These have all been okayed by the doctors and are L1 or L2 in Dr. Hales Meds and Mothers Milk book which is what the doctors refer to. My main concerns right now are yes all these meds are okay but at what point are they all too much in combination? It seems that I just keep adding and adding and adding meds not taking away. The things that I would like to try are Aloe Juice (a big no no with breastfeeding, absorb plus, vitamin e enema(I looked up that too much vitamine e could cause problems in infants) , other natural herbs etc......You just never know and I would hate to affect my baby negatively. I am considering a lot of different things right now. 1. Just giving up and going on Remicade (It is approved for breastfeeding and pregnant woman), 2. Sticking out the antibiotics then trying to balace my self out by taking VSL and upping my LDN to 4.5. 3. Or stopping breastfeeding and trying it all before I end up on the Remicade. I have stopped taking the asocal it just does not seem to work and it really tics me off. I am tired to taking something that feels worthless. I may start if up again maybe my body just need a break from it. It intially put me into remission before I got pregnant. I just feel like my mind is spinning right now. You just never seem to know what will work with this disease. I was in a flare a few years ago and I tryed Zango Juice and the next day everything changed! No blood no mucus nothing! I was normal again, then 6 months later it stopped working. It seems like my body gets used to things and I have to start over again. I have a hard time trusting that things will work or at least for very long. I am really in a very imbalance place right now.
Female Currently Breastfeeding (All my meds are approved by the doc. for breastfeeding but they still make me nervous)
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
3.5mg Low Dose Naltrexone, Prednisone 15mg and tapering,Zoloft,Prenatal vitamins,Juice Plus,Expecta DHA,Emergen C,Probotic Just ordered VSL $$$$$and Udo's Oil when I remember:(

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/17/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
A change in hormones has been linked to flaring with some.  That's why some of us experience symptoms around that time of the month or during pregnancy etc.  I think it is probably unlikely but something you should prepare for just in case.  As for the meds - maybe you want to change from Asacol to Colazal?  I don't know where you UC is but it is great for left-sided UC and maybe it could be just the change you need to get you out of this flare.  And of course - enemas.  (I'm sounding like Quincy now).  If you're not already using them - you should consider starting.  The Rowasa is the same meds as Asacol and should be perfectly okay while breastfeeding.

Mamas Boys (aka KTM)
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!

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   Posted 2/17/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
you may be interested in trying some natural options that are ok for breastfeeding moms. i too went off my asacol when my little guy was born 4 weeks ago and i have recently (last few days) started to feel like my symptoms are returning. I consulted with my natureopath this morning and we came up with a treatment plan that is ok for bfing - my goal was to make sure the supplements were inexpensive because i am not working currently. she is going to email me the details of this plan and i would be happy to share it with anyone who is interested. my natueopath is also a licensed mid-wife so i trust her information as it relates to bfing. last year i was able tp put myself into remission with natural meds (mind you i was on a bunch of them) so i have some hope that i can catch this in time with the natural meds again. if not, i am willing to return to asacol and keep bfing and monitor my babe for effects. i too would like to make it to 6 months and am willing to suffer a bit for that goal.

please post here and tell me if you would like me to create a new post with the details of my natural treatment plan when i recieve it (hopefully she will forward it to me by tommorrow otherwise i will cal her and request it)

good luck and chin up to all - i know that when it comes to our childrens health the decisions we make seem that much more stressful and significant. jo
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