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I am a breastfeeding mom of 3 (5,3, and 18mo)-I only nurse the babe- and have been feeling pretty rough the past 2 months or so. It seems I cannot get enough to eat! I am always hungry. And I am feeling very heavy headed, foggy brained, tired, and anxious, consequently. I'm not sure what's causing what. My naturopath has me on vitex and chromium supplements. I am suspecting the vitex is not agreeing with me and have stopped taking that recently.<br>
Anyway, I am just wondering if there are other mom's out there nursing and running around after multiple kids and having trouble keeping up with their own health, diet, well-being...<br>
I am feeling so discouraged and anxious. It really does make me feel better to hear about other women who have experienced this same thing. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own world and I can really freak myself out.<br>
If you have gone through a similar patch and have come out the other side, please fill me in. I would love advice on diet, habits, mind sets, etc... to help get me through.<br>
Thanks!
 

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when i have felt that way, lots of fats, protein, and fewer grains have helped my energy levels. also getting enough iron, b-12, and zinc. have you had your thyroid levels checked?<br><br>
nak, so sorry for the abruptness...
 

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I second what gardenmommy says, especially getting a big breakfast with lots of fat and protein. Changing my breakfast to eggs cooked in cast iron (hopefully helping iron levels too, which helps with energy) in lots of fat with flax and cheese really made a big difference for me. You just don't have the time to keep going back to the kitchen and making yourself something healthy, so make your meals count.
 

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I agree with the other posters--lots of fat, some protein and few carbs seems to have helped me immensely.<br><br>
Also I've gotten a great boost from drinking nettle infusion everyday. Takes like 2 minutes to make each night and it's really cheap.
 

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Hi! I have kids about the same ages as yours, and I know how you feel. The lack of sleep mixed with the drain of nursing can make me feel delicate and unbalanced. I'm also kind of underweight. I am trying to make sure I drink lots of water, eat lots of eggs and other protein and fat, and I've just started making infusions again of nettles, oatstraw, alfalfa, and peppermint that I have from my pregnancy. Those herbs have such sustaining properties to them. I also do a lot of green smoothies. I think green things are key!<br><br>
Also, sunshine and a good attitude of appreciation for what I do help me in the afternoon slump. I try to make sure I go to bed (usually) at a semi-decent hour.<br><br>
I definitely know how you feel, and I agree with making what you do eat count. I sprinkle sunflower seeds on my salads, add cheese, etc. I also make a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. i try to focus on nutrient-rich foods, and then a beer in the evening after I've been good all day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have a 20 month old and a 3 yr old and I am always feeling foggy and tired and just "not all there." I have been feeling this way since the birth of my first son, three and a half years ago. I've just been waiting and hoping for it to fade... I can't even imagine what it would be like with a third child.<br>
But I think getting enough protein is really important. Fish is a great source protein and omega 3s, especially wild Alaskan fish like salmon. I eat a lot of canned salmon because it's relatively cheap and it's easy and fast to make things like salmon burgers or salmon salad. Just use it the same way you would canned tuna. And a bonus- when you're breastfeeding, the omega 3s get transferred to your breast milk!
 
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