lack of calcium, joints hurt

Marquetta - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My joints in my hands have been hurting since delivery and now they have increasingly gotten worse. My Mom tells me that it is the onset of a lack of calcium and potassium and that by breasfeeding it zaps everything from you and could hurt your bones and your teeth. Is anyone else that is breasfeeding experiencing this or have experienced this pain? Help.

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Traci - posted on 01/04/2010

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BFing will suck the very life out of you if you are not diligent in replacing what is lost. It's absolutely essential to take Calcium supplements, at the very least. Replacing your minerals is important as well. I continued taking my prenatals, until I was simply tired of never pooping (srsly.) Now I'm taking a Super B complex (to combat fatigue and regulate mood) and a calcium/vit d supplement. I would be taking more, but I want to stay away from the iron (pooping is nice. Sorry, that may be gross, but really. I missed it for the 12 months I took the vitamins.)



Make sure you read the labels and stay away from major doses of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and try to get water soluble ones (B and C) There are mineral supplements, but if you enjoy BMs like myself, I'd check the labels for mass quantities of iron. (Usually a senior vitamin will have little or no iron)



edit: I just reread this and sorry to have such a 'potty' mouth!

Christine - posted on 01/04/2010

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OMGsh... I have the same problem and it never even crossed my mind that it might be from BFing. I was convincing myself that I had Rheumatoid Arthritis or something. I'll be anxious to read your answers. Thanks for asking the question!

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