I just wanted to comment on things Melissa said. Some lactation consultants and LLL members aren't always too realistic of what moms can do. I had one lactation consultant tell me that I should breastfeed, because to not to so would be like feeding my baby McDonald's when I had access to wholesome organic food. This was just a few days after Ben was born, when we were struggling with jaundice and latch problems, so I wasn't sick yet. However, this was NOT an appropriate thing to tell a new mom having trouble with breastfeeding and caused me to have a lot of guilt. So, DO NOT let anyone make you feel that way. Some LCs and LLL members are a bit militant about breastfeeding.
Second, I also took the herb that Melissa refers to. It's called fenugreek, but it gave me diarrhea, which is a common side effect. I know it wasn't the UC starting up, because it stopped immediately after I quit taking it, and I didn't start having diarrhea again until about three weeks later, which is when I think the flare started. So, I would urge you to stay far, far away from fenugreek. I can't believe anyone recommended it to a person with UC.
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
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).