Congrats on your baby girl! I started my first flare about
four weeks after my son was born (he was born on Oct 13 last year). However, it took until the end of January for me to be diagnosed, partly because I went into a semi-remission in December, and then the symptoms then came back in early January.
At any rate, I can tell you it's hell on earth having a newborn and being in a flare. I was also breastfeeding, but lost my supply around 8-9 weeks because I was so sick. And I had problems with post partum anxiety. Whether the anxiety made the flare worse or the flare made the anxiety worse, who knows. I was a mess, though. Getting on Zoloft helped tremendously with the anxiety.
I would talk to your OB and to the baby's pedi about
their opinions on the meds and breastfeeding. My best piece of advice is that if you feel you need to quit breastfeeding to keep yourself healthy (both mentally and physically), then do it! Your sweet baby girl will be MUCH better off being formula fed with a happy, healthy mommy than being breastfed with a sick, totally stressed out mommy.
DH and I plan on having a second (so long as my health stays OK) and I will try to breastfeed. However, if I get to the point I can tell I'm going into a bad flare, I'll quit.
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).