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Inducing Lactation so I can breast-feed

Posted by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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Has anybody induced lactation so they could breast-feed their adopted child. About four months ago I started to lactate. I looked into inducing lactation and started the pumping process but now that I've started pumping I find that I'm not lactating any longer. We have not been matched with the baby but I thought if I got a head start that maybe I could stock up on my breast milk or maybe even donate my milk to somebody else who needs it right now. Does anybody have a advice about inducing lactation?

by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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eoewan
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:30 AM

I induced lactation. Are you pumping every 3 to 4 hours round the clock? And are you taking any supplements like MilkMaid tea or Domperidon?

SarahSuzyQ
by Sarah on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:05 AM
Nothing here, sorry... Hopefully maggiesmom and Donna will be able to give you some advice.
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Mandi812
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

My husband wanted me to do this. I even asked a doc about it, and he had no clue forced lactation for feeding a adopted child could be done, lol.  you should of seen the look on his face.

But when it came to it, we didnt get to because we had a last min placement.

Adoptingmomma
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I have been pumping every three hours for 15 minutes. The doctor started me on Reyglen it's kind of Drug that you can get in Canada the one that you mentioned that starts with the D. I'm going to talk to lactation consultant tomorrow and see if it's totally normal for me to dry up before I start producing more. It's just frustrating that I was Lactating but now since I've started pumping I'm not producing anything.

knkd
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I used fenugreek when I had to stop nursing my son and then re-started.



eoewan
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM


Quoting Adoptingmomma:

I have been pumping every three hours for 15 minutes. The doctor started me on Reyglen it's kind of Drug that you can get in Canada the one that you mentioned that starts with the D. I'm going to talk to lactation consultant tomorrow and see if it's totally normal for me to dry up before I start producing more. It's just frustrating that I was Lactating but now since I've started pumping I'm not producing anything.

You are right, Domperidon is only available in Canada. It is what I used and it made milk production double. As was stated, Fenugreek and Milk Thistle vitamins also help. You also might want to try eating Oatmeal (steel cut oats) for breakfast every morning because it also helps. Most importantly it is vital to pump once between the hours of 2AM and 5AM as that is when prolactin is naturally produced in the body.

Hopefully you can bring your milk back, however, some women never respond to pumping. Good luck and I hope you are able to get help with the consultant. If you have anymore questions - just ask.

cheers, donna

Adoptingmomma
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Thanks for the info! Did you ever see a lack in milk production when you had your period?

maggiemom2000
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM


Quoting Adoptingmomma:

Thanks for the info! Did you ever see a lack in milk production when you had your period?

A temporary drop in supply when you have your period is VERY common!

maggiemom2000
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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I succesfully induced lactation for my adopted baby. Here's a write up of our story:

http://thebreastfeedingmother.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-always-knew-i-wanted-to-breastfeed-my.html

A few bits of info for you:

It is hard to bring in and maintian milk production by pumping alone (even when you have given birth), so the drop in output is not surprising. It works much better when you have an actualy baby (that brain/body connection is pretty amazing!). Don't worry too much about the drop, you have no baby to "connect" to emotionally right now, it will get better when you do.

I encourage you to use Reglan with a lot of caution, for only a short period, and look into getting Domperidone instead, Reglan has some pretty severe possible side effects, some of them permanant. Domperidone, on the other hand does not cross the blood brain barrier and is generally considered much safer. Good info on both here: http://www.lowmilksupply.org/prescriptiongalactagogues.shtml

I've heard nothing but good reports on getting the domperidone from http://www.inhousepharmacy.biz/p-17-motilium.aspx

Preparing ahead of time by pumping means you may be able to use less or even no supplements with your baby, but know that even if you do nothing before baby arrives (as I did) it is still very doable (hard, time consuming, but doable!) This article clearly explains a variety of approaches, and ways to maximize your success:

http://thebreastfeedingmother.blogspot.com/p/breastfeed-your-adopted-baby.html

I'm happy to answer any questions you have!

Adoptingmomma
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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Quoting maggiemom2000:

I succesfully induced lactation for my adopted baby. Here's a write up of our story:

http://thebreastfeedingmother.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-always-knew-i-wanted-to-breastfeed-my.html

A few bits of info for you:

It is hard to bring in and maintian milk production by pumping alone (even when you have given birth), so the drop in output is not surprising. It works much better when you have an actualy baby (that brain/body connection is pretty amazing!). Don't worry too much about the drop, you have no baby to "connect" to emotionally right now, it will get better when you do.

I encourage you to use Reglan with a lot of caution, for only a short period, and look into getting Domperidone instead, Reglan has some pretty severe possible side effects, some of them permanant. Domperidone, on the other hand does not cross the blood brain barrier and is generally considered much safer. Good info on both here: http://www.lowmilksupply.org/prescriptiongalactagogues.shtml

I've heard nothing but good reports on getting the domperidone from http://www.inhousepharmacy.biz/p-17-motilium.aspx

Preparing ahead of time by pumping means you may be able to use less or even no supplements with your baby, but know that even if you do nothing before baby arrives (as I did) it is still very doable (hard, time consuming, but doable!) This article clearly explains a variety of approaches, and ways to maximize your success:

http://thebreastfeedingmother.blogspot.com/p/breastfeed-your-adopted-baby.html

I'm happy to answer any questions you have!

Thank you for responding to my post. I need encouragement from people that have induce lactation because all of my friends have not experienced this and have all given birth to their children. I started reading the information on the Reglan and that's why have stopped using it. I'm really scared to take the drugs because of the effects of it can have now and even later in my life. I might just hold off and not induce lactation by pumping and until I actually get a baby. I know that I can produce milk because even without inducing lactation I still produce milk because of my prolactin levels. Sometimes when I'm around other babies that are crying or when I see thim  breast-feeding I do feel let down so I know that I can produce milk. You can read our journey to adoption on my blog at www.jillyannance.blogspot.com

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