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Baby becomes ill when I nurse during my period

post #1 of 6
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I have 2 sons. Both were EBF- including all night long (like every 2 hours) until 8 months old. However, for whatever reason I got my period at 6 WEEKS PP with both boys. Regularly. Every month.

 

It took me awhile to put 2 and 2 together, but now there is no doubt: when I am on my period, a number of really unfortunate things happen. One--my supply drops. I have heard this happens to a lot of moms, and basically, we just struggle through it for a few days each month and then supply comes back. Two--poor DS (now 8 months) seems to have a lot of digestive issues, and digestive pain, and poop becomes really green, or mucousy, or thick and foul smelling, with alternating diarrhea and constipation. And finally three--he gets HORRIBLE diaper rash from these poops. Sometimes to the point of blistering.

 

This month has been the worst. He even got a fever and a rash all over his body for a day. I'm starting to think that--in my case--maybe breast isn't best, at least during that time of the month. And sadly, if I were to go formula for a few days, (with the supply drop also simultaneous) I probably would never truly get my supply back. We all know that's a slippery slope. Plus, my body doesn't really respond to the pump anyway.

 

He is clearly in a lot of pain and misery. (And so am I. As if PMS wasn't enough!). My questions, first-- anyone else out there in the wide world had this experience?? And if so... was there anything you could do to ease your babe's suffering? Would you switch to formula??

 

post #2 of 6

I'm wondering if you try to change your diet. I don't really know if that will help, especially if you already eat really healthy.  I know when I'm on my period I crave lots of sweets.  Not really sure if this will help, just thought I'd throw it out there.  Hope you find some answers. :)

post #3 of 6

I found some studies about breastmilk composition changes however it pertains to the week before or after ovulation. There are changes in sodium, potassium, chloride, glucose and lactose levels.

 

. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6626048

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1250691/

 


Edited by Asiago - 1/12/12 at 3:54pm
post #4 of 6
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Thanks, Asiago. I knew I wasn't imagining things! My diet doesn't change much during that time of the month, so I know it's not that. And he's a really healthy little guy normally.

 

We made it through this month, but I did end up supplementing a little. We're back on breastmilk, but I'm really nervous about next month. It just seems to get worse every month. I think I'm going to re-post my question to the experts and see what they say.

post #5 of 6
I've read that a magnesium/calcium supplement can help with cycle-related supply changes. Might be worth a try!
post #6 of 6

You are welcome, I hope it is helpful information.

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