Bobbie - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I have ulcerative colitis and haven't been able to take my medication while breastfeeding as it enters the milk. Frankly, I'm a bit anti-medicine anyway, but my problems are becoming unbearable. My doctor recommends that I wean my 8 month old and start taking my pills again, but that's not an option for me (or my baby since she refuses a bottle). My online research led me to the alternatives of taking a few things: probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, evening primrose oil, and even aloe vera (taken orally). I was excited until I went to the drugstore and started reading the warning on all the labels that you should consult a doctor if breastfeeding. After MORE researching, it looks like not a whole lot is known about the effects on breastfeeding in some of these. I need to do something! I am really suffering, but I'm also too worried about harming my baby. Is anyone else taking any kind of herbs or supplements and care to share their experience? Am I being overly cautious or not cautious enough?