Anyone stop Breastfeeding without flaring??

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*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have exclusively breastfed my now 8 month old son and my supply is starting to drop.  I work fulltime and pump during work, but who can keep up with my chunker?  tongue    He is over 20 lbs!  This weekend I had the dreaded D and all too familiar pain.  We went to a ton of parties this weekend, so it could have been something I ate, but... Of course..I wonder..is this a flare coming on??  I have been on 6 Asacol/day and took an extra 6 this morning just in case.  My question to everyone is, has ANYONE not flared when they stopped bfing?  If so, what was your secret?  I'm thinking I should start using Mesalamine enemas nightly to ward it off even though I'm not technically flaring and have not see any blood in my stool.  I'm going on vacation in Hawaii in 6 weeks and really, really, really don't want to be flaring!  Any advice would be appreciated!
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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!
 
 


AMK77
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
With my first child I BF'd for 7 months, didn't affect my UC at all when she quit nursing. I'm currently nursing my second child. She is 6 months old and I think my she might be starting to self wean - so far so good UCwise!
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow..you are so lucky AMK. So when your period came back you had no UC issues? I think that is what does it for me. All those hormones either leaving my system(the pregnancy/bfing ones) or entering(the cycle ones). I so hope I am wrong about these pains in my gut, but I have a strong feeling I am right.
Diagnosed: 
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 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  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!
 
 


AMK77
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My period came back quickly with my first child. I haven't gotten it back yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't affect my UC!
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I don't have my back yet either, but I'm thinking I'll get it soon. I think last time I didn't have a flare until my period came back.
Diagnosed: 
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 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  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!
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/29/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to quit breastfeeding when my son was around 8 weeks old because my flare (which was my first) was so bad that I lost my supply. If anything, it made things better when I quit.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


*Jen*
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you had your first flare after your son. I flared after giving birth to both my kids and there is nothing worse than having a newborn AND a flare. I really can't think of a more horrible situation to be in. Not only are you sleep deprived and trying to take care of an adorable new being, but you have to be on the toilet in horrible pain all the time. Hope you are enjoying him lots now. I love both my kiddos and would consider having a 3rd if it wasn't for the UC. I just can't go through it again. It was worth it for my two, but I can't do it a third time.
Diagnosed: 
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 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  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!
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Jen! Yeah, it was pure hell there for a few weeks. Looking back, I'm not entirely sure how DH and I got through it, but we did. Especially in January/Feburary after I was back at work, but before I was diagnosed/before the meds started to kick in. I was lucky that I had very, very, very little pain. Well, after the hemmies I gave myslef pushing finally healed (and then got REALLY bad b/c of the diarrhea), that is!

I'm TOTALLY enjoying him now! He's such a doll! :)
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


*Jen*
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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad you didn't have pain!!! That is awesome. And I can totally relate to the back to work, newborn, flare thing. Amazing what you can make it through right? Luckily it is all worth it! I'm in love with my little man as well. = )
Diagnosed: 
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 6 flares, the last one caused by giving birth.  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!
 
 

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