Location: Washington, United States

I began my TTC journey in January 2005. It finally worked with the 5th IUI and along came Eliana! I started trying for a second (T42) a little over a year later, and was thrilled to get pregnant on the second try this time. Jacob soon joined our family! Not sure if I am done at two, but come along for my journey in motherhood. If you stop by, please leave me a short note! I like to know when I have visitors. :)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Such a difference...

such a difference one little pill makes in my emotional stability. For the past couple of weeks, I have been getting increasingly depressed and unstable, mostly in the late afternoons and early evenings. Last night was the worst of all, to the point that I honestly didn't think I could handle anything and called a fellow teacher to come over and watch Ellie.

Luckily, yesterday I had the foresight that something was just not right and I made an appointment with my doctor this morning. We determined that it could possibly be due to the Reglan I was taking to help my milk supply.

I decided that since the Reglan really hadn't increased my milk supply very much, it just wasn't worth it. I certainly couldn't handle feeling like I did last night on a regular basis. So, I quit the Reglan.

And, tonight, I feel so wonderful! I am happy, I am awake past 8:00 pm, I have happy feelings toward my daughter instead of the totally emotionless feelings that I have had in the afternoon/evening the past few days. I did have a brief "sad" portion of the evening, but it was over with quickly, and it was NOWHERE near where I was last night.

Since I stopped that medication, I called lactation one last time to see if there were anything else I could do. There is a medication that is not approved in the US (But is approved in Canada..) that I would like to try. However, I am not too sure how I would go about getting a prescription in Canada and my mother is very leery of it because she googled it (yes! my mother has definitely discovered google! LOL) and it may cause your heart to race.. LOL. I say, no depression, let's do it since I have heard great things from women who have taken it...but we will see. Also, I emailed my doctor (on the advice of the lactation consultant) to investigate increasing my Synthroid (thyroid medication) and my Metformin (diabetic medication..I also take it for my PCOS), and possibly finding a replacement for my diuretic or just getting rid of it while breastfeeding. These are my last options. The lactation specialist also reassured me that if they don't work, I have done the best I can and that formula is not bad.

Life is looking SO much better tonight.


Blogger Chas said...

Oh, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Breast feeding is not worth hurting yourself and your relationship with the little girl. I'm still going through some hard times with the breast feeding's so hard. Good luck with whatever you decide to do; I know it's a tough choice.

April 06, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Kali said...

On thing I have done is to breastfeed at night and not during the day. Especially with working during the day it makes it easier than trying to pump all the time. My baby is 5 months old yesterday, born premi, and at first couldnt latch on. Now we got that down pat and my supply is not as well, but the closness together at night is worth it and thats why I just breastfeed her at night, to keep our lives more sane and happier.

April 06, 2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger Demeter said...

Hi Katrina:
I an glad I found your site, I am a future-to-be SMC.
Congratulations on your little baby daughter!

April 11, 2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger jomasmom said...

OK I have been reading for a while now and decided It was time to delurk. I was on the Reglan too and didn't have a whole lot of luck with it increasing my supply and no wonder I felt so crummy while on it. It made me so tired! Just wanted you to know that you have a beautiful little girl and CONGRATS!

April 11, 2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger tiger said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.

March 09, 2010 9:37 PM  

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