My LO is 4 months old. He's been EBF since birth.
He's doing great, thriving, really. My problem is ME. Since he was about 3-4 weeks old, I've been getting headaches and feeling exhausted all the time. I just figured this was just normal new mommy stuff. But, as time has gone on, the headaches have gotten worse and more frequent. Now I'm getting migraines, several times a week. My stomach is constantly upset and even though I'm eating, I have a stomachache and feel queasy all the time. In addition, I've started getting numbness/weakness and cramping in my legs and calves. Sometimes it's so bad I can't move them.
I went to the doctor and they did some bloodwork. I am anemic, and my potassium, calcium and magnesium are all low. I've been taking a prenatal vitamin every day (with the exception of a day here and there) and eating what I would consider a well balanced diet. But yet, according to the doctor, my symptoms are all from malnutrition. She has put me on prescription supplements to see if my levels and symptoms improve. She told me that it's breastfeeding that is doing this to me, that sometimes babies take more than mommy's body can give them, and I need to consider supplementing or even stopping BF altogether if I want to get better.
I really don't want to quit nursing, or even supplement. He's been doing so good, and he's so used to the breast, he wont even take a bottle of expressed breast milk or a pacifier. I hate the thought of trying to give him formula. My family is pressuring me to stop BF. They say How can I be of any good to him if I'm not well? A part of me agrees with them. It's hard enough to cope with 3-hours of sleep per night and still take care of the family and home. But it's even harder still, feeling as bad as I do. I'm barely able to function now.
But then I think about how good he is doing, how happy he is and how much I enjoy nursing him and I just want to cry. I'm just so torn. I don't know what to do. This is killing me.