Hi! Though I am new as a member of this forum, I just want to say how much it has helped me, with all the articles and forums, to be able to manage my conditions. It has been an absolute lifesaver!
I have been overjoyed with my surprise bundle, because I had already suffered 2 miscarriages, but as this past month has gone on, my body seems to be really struggling with the demands of motherhood. The doctors at the hospital nor the pediatricians seem to know anything (or don't care to pass on any relevant information) about being a mother with Celiac-Hyperthyroidism. In fact, ever since I discovered that I have these conditions, I have learned the most how to take care of myself through extensive research. I mean, for example, my baby's pediatrician told me to eat grains to boost milk production when I have Celiac! Like, seriously?!
That brings me to the first of my struggles that I am desperate to find help with-my hyperthyroidism has my milk production all over the board and there are times a feeding when my baby barely seems to get the recommended mL-per-feeding. I don't feed formula due to the corn/maltodextrin and soy in all of them, as corn and soy mimic gluten and causes the body to attack in the same way any gluten product does. But, without a backup of formula, I'm worried about not being able to produce enough milk.
My second thing, which scares me just as much, is I am increasingly sleeping through my feeding alarms I set to try and keep my baby on a feeding schedule to ensure enough food is being given. It started about a week ago, with sleeping an hour past my multiple alarms, but last night really scared me because I slept through 4 hours of multiple alarms! And these are loud, obnoxious alarms! I know I'm not getting enough sleep for my condition, because for as long as I can remember, I've needed 12 hours of sleep a night, but I've never met a parent of a newborn who has ever gotten away with 12 hours of continuous sleep! But, I feel, because I have two autoimmune conditions, if I don't find a way to get more sleep and/or stop sleeping through alarms, I'm afraid of sleeping through a moment when my baby might desperately need me, such as spitting up, etc.
I would love any and all advice, because my own research hasn't helped me and I don't know anyone in my circle of friends or fellow parents who have Celiac-Hyperthyroidism, so while their everyday advice for being a new parent is wonderful, they don't have to deal with the extra struggle of being a mom with two autoimmune conditions, and I am at a loss on what to do.
I thank you all again; this site has been such a tremendous help!!