December 7th, 2014, 12:14 AM
My baby (boy) is 5 months old, and breastfeeding has been so far a wonderful experience. I had "failed" to BF my older, now 2 yo daughter, and had been so sad and frustrated that thought I would never be able to do it, but here we are!
Now, the problem is that I think I lost too much weight in a very short time. From 65 kg (143 pounds) I am now at 50 kg (110 pounds). This wouldn't have worried me, if I hadn't been getting ill often and with long recovery times, the last couple of months. A month ago, my husband went abroad for 5 days for work, and with the lack of sleep with two little children, and the cold weather, I had a cold which ended up in an ear infection (never had that before that I can recall! so my immune system must be very weak...). This took four weeks to go away, and I'm not 100% ok yet.
While being sick I ate too little, and there's a lot of energy being spent taking care of two little ones. Plus, I am also weary of eating during the night even if hungry, because I have stomach problems (gastritis). The result of all this is that now I feel often dizzy, short of breath when I climb just one flight of stairs, and sometimes have the feeling I'm going to pass out. My body feels heavy, I'm depleted.
Of course I'm eating as much as possible, but I wonder if I'm anaemic or how all my vitamins and minerals are. I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow to do some tests, but I'm afraid I'll be told to stop breastfeeding if the results are too bad. Already my...