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Extreme hair loss, serious fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and slight nausea when I do eat, irritability like never before and wanting to burst into tears for nothing.

By Anonymous November 15, 2011 - 5:56pm
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My baby is almost 7.5 months old and I COMPLETELY quit breastfeeding a couple of weeks ago. He began eating more than I was producing and once we started introducing solid foods to him, despite nursing still with each introduction of solid food I just wasn't making enough to keep up with him. Shortly after he was 6 months I had to give him formula a few times here and there because I didn't have enough and after a week or two I was only able to feed him if he woke up once in the night. I think I've dried up completely and my irritability/sadness lasted all of last week but it is gone now and now I'm feeling tired and weak and get light headed and have barely any appetite. I understand that last weeks mood was due to ending breastfeeding but now I'm not sure why my health seems to be affected.

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You need to talk with your obstetrician. It is not uncommon for a baby's nutritional needs and hunger to surpass what a mother can provide by breastfeeding alone. I needed to supplement breastfeeding with formula for all 3 of my children, as early as the second month with my second child who weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz at birth.

I am concerned that your symptoms might some how be linked to an emotional issue, such as postpartum depression or feeling related to breastfeeding.

Again, talk with your doctor.


November 15, 2011 - 6:43pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you so much!

November 16, 2011 - 12:35pm
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