AGA - American Gastroenterological Association
AGA - American Gastroenterological Association

The Parenthood Project

The Parenthood Project

Navigating parenthood

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Prioritizing your health and family

How can I manage my IBD symptoms while taking care of a newborn?

Juggling your IBD symptoms while caring for a newborn can be tricky, but don’t worry; there are ways to help you through! Remember to care for yourself and tell your health care team about any changes or concerns. Don’t wait to lean on your loved ones for support, whether helping with chores or giving you much-needed rest.

We put together some key things to keep in mind for you and baby during your first few weeks together after you deliver.



Can I breastfeed while taking my IBD medication?

Yes, in many cases, parents with IBD who breastfeed can simply follow normal nutritional advice, such as making sure you eat enough food or adding omega-3 fatty acids, such as in fish and flaxseed and which help give your body energy and work right. If you have trouble staying hydrated or well-nourished, you can work with your health care team to decide if nutritional counseling might be necessary.

Also, you and your health care team can refer to the U.S. National Library of Medicine® LactMed database to better understand any potential impact your current medication may have on lactation.

To help take some of the pressure off, we’ve answered a few common questions about nursing in our breastfeeding guide.



How can I find support as a parent with IBD?

Building a support system and seeking help can make a world of difference in taking charge of your IBD symptoms while getting used to life with a newborn. Remember, your health care team is there to help you on your parenting journey and can provide valuable insights, help you navigate treatment options, and offer resources to assist you in managing your IBD while caring for your child.

Don’t wait to lean on your loved ones for support, whether it’s for emotional support or practical help with childcare. You can also reach out to local IBD support groups or online communities to connect with other parents who get what you’re going through!

Don’t forget, My IBD Life also includes scenario planners to help you feel more confident tackling things like planning that upcoming vacation or managing your IBD in the workplace.

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