Chicken Soup for the Relactating Mother's Soul(lol Success stories)
IN the end I went back to the LC who advised me to get a prescription from my GP for a drug called Domperidone. My GP agreed to prescribe me this medication which isn't actually recognised for this purpose but it used widely for this very reason. I started out on two tablets four times a day and within two days my milk was pouring out. Then the biggest thing was to get DS on the breast. We tried everything and finally after two weeks and ALOT of tears from both of us I was about to face the reality that I had done all I could and it just wasn't going to work out how I wanted. Then for some reason the very next day he took it. I still got sore and all the old cracks re opened but I had so much determination that I dont think I felt the pain. I got through it and was still topping DS up with the bottle at night for the first week or so, more so because I was scared he wouldn't sleep through if I didn't.
SO it is now almost 5 months later and we are fully BF and loving every minute of it. I am so pleased to have that bond back with my son and when I feed him it is even more amazing than I thought it would be. I never expected to feel that way. BF was one of those things that I was never worried about, I used to say oh well if BF doens't work I will just give the bottle. Well, it was a whole other story in reality. My LC said that you can't control how BF will affect you and that it is something to do with hormones and it's an urge and desire that some women have and some don't. When iwas crying everytime I gave him the bottle and leaving my mothers group cos I couldn't stand to watch the others all BF, I knew I had a problem.
All I can say is yes it is tough and alot of hard work, esp when you are sitting on the pump all the time. But in the end what you get back far outweighs what you have to go through to get there. I'm so pleased that I did it and wish that more women knew that it can be done there would be alot less guilt in their lives.
Feel free to e-mail me privately if you want and i'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. Good luck and I hope you can achieve your goal.
PS When pumping pump for short periods of time, often. No more than ten mins each side at a time. I pumped when i could but tried to get it done every two hours and a bit more at night when hormone levels are alot higher.