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Boosting immune system when bfeeding

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Yorkiegirl Wed 29-Dec-04 13:53:31

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zebra Wed 29-Dec-04 14:25:20

Do you have a generally healthy diet (lots of veg, very little 'junk')?

Yorkiegirl Wed 29-Dec-04 14:42:13

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Yorkiegirl Wed 29-Dec-04 15:50:00

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pixiefish Wed 29-Dec-04 15:51:52

well you definetly can't have echinacea- not much use am i yorkie!

i drink a lot of orange juice as the vit c is good- but again i have to balance that with dd's bowels [yuck face]

pixiefish Wed 29-Dec-04 15:52:47

have you asked the doc about it- you may need iron-

eat lots of broccoli and apricot (rich in iron)

Yorkiegirl Wed 29-Dec-04 15:54:24

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pixiefish Wed 29-Dec-04 15:59:53

probably best if you get another blood test - in the meantime- anyone know any tasty broccoli and apricot dishes?

Yorkiegirl Wed 29-Dec-04 16:04:01

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zebra Fri 31-Dec-04 18:56:15

Echinacea, I keep forgetting. If you'd like to try it for nothing CAT me & I will send you some from a bottle we don't use. I never remember, but I do try to take zinc whenever I have a cold coz that is proven to have some effect.

In reasonable doses, echinacea is now said to be ok when brfeeding , although whether it really works is debateable (but might not hurt to try?).

aloha Fri 31-Dec-04 19:51:19

I'd take a good multivitamin/mineral supplement with iron. I found that pretty much stopped my post-birth hair loss last time around.

Yorkiegirl Fri 31-Dec-04 20:31:13

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pixiefish Fri 31-Dec-04 21:07:09

poor yg. hope you can get it sorted and soon.

Yorkiegirl Fri 31-Dec-04 21:40:05

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pixiefish Fri 31-Dec-04 22:47:26

get that blood tested yg

SmokedSamN Fri 31-Dec-04 23:09:17

Poor pixiefish, it's draining enough having 2 kids without anything else on top of it. Zebra, I'm glad you said that about echinacea as I've been taking it on and off throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. I know the jar always says not to take it but I was sure I'd read a report saying there had been a trial and it hadn't had any bad effect on pregnant women (not that I can find the report now).

I have been taking Nutri's postnatal tablets which include multivits and minerals and other random stuff said to be good for postnatal and bf mums. Plus whenever there's a cold around I boost my VitC intake by 1000 mg 3 times a day, and Echinacea 800mg 3 times a day. I'm not sure what is actually making the difference but I've been able to avoid all the stuff which dp has caught this autumn/winter. (Usually it's the other way round, I catch everything and he stays right as rain.)

However, having said all that it does sound like you have something more serious going on so maybe a blood test is a good idea?

pixiefish Fri 31-Dec-04 23:19:57

smokedsam- it's yorkie who's ill (not that i mind your sympathy)

SmokedSamN Sat 01-Jan-05 16:26:20

oops should have gone to bed earlier instead of staying on Mumsnet offering sympathy to all and sundry

Yorkiegirl Sat 01-Jan-05 18:37:42

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