Weaning and IBS

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Weaning and IBS
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Sat, 04-30-2011 - 3:38pm

Hey ladies - I really need some input from you on this!

I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) a couple years ago. For those of you not familiar with this (TMI alert), basically I get gas pains/cramps, diarhea and constipation - rarely do I have normal bowel movements. However, I started taking medication for it and it helped things considerably. Once I got pregnant I had to go off of it. Luckily, my IBS symptoms basically disappeared during pregnancy and even after.

Until now that is :( I have been slowly weaning off the pump, and this week I have weaned down to one pump a day. Now my IBS symptoms seem to be back full force and it's awful.

Now this is where I am stuck. I was hoping to stay at one pump for at least the next month or longer to continue giving Evan breast milk. BUT, I can't take the medication. So, do I suck it up and feel awful for the next month or so, or do I give up pumping sooner?

Help! What would you do?





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Registered: 02-26-2008
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 10:43am

I am a little late to this discussion so you might have already made up your mind, but I would wean and stop pumping. If you aren't feeling well you might not be able to be a good mommy to Evan. GL and Sorry they are back in full force.

I do have a IBS question for you - You can choose not to answer if it's TMI. But what is considered a normal BM? I swing back and forth from being constipated and having gas pains and such to much more looser. I assumed it was from what I was eating and I know that recently since I upped my Anti-depressant doasage in January that I am more constipated than normal which is a common side effect to that med. Just curious. TIA


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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 12:57pm
Jess - IBS is actually pretty hard to diagnose, since so many other stomach issues have similar symptoms. Most people get diagnosed with IBS after other things get ruled out. Here's an article on PubMed about it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001292/




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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 05-04-2011 - 10:06pm

Alyssa--Congrats on pumping for so long, that is awesome!

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