09 April 2013

Adoptive Breastfeeding Update (Apr. 9)

The time has come :) Tomorrow I start pumping. I'm actually freaking stressing out a little bit. When I started the lactation induction process it was SUPPOSED to take 6 months. SIX. That would mean the full protocol would take until about early fall/late summer. Here I am though, one month in and I don't think I can make it any longer without pumping.

Daniel and I talked about the pros and cons about pumping early and decided it would be best to not try to go much longer. We had already decided that when something last night sealed the deal. I was sitting in my classroom waiting for class to start and thinking about what it'll be like to finally hold our second child. I was vividly imagining holding a new little baby and BAM...my milk let down. No joke. 

So, things worked much faster than expected and I'm feeling just a little overwhelmed, but everything will be great :) I still have to double check exactly what I'm doing next but I'm pretty sure its 1) take the last birth control tonight, 2) start pumping every three hours starting tomorrow, and 3) start taking Fenugreek (I used it for my milk supply while nursing Aurelia) and something else (Mother's Milk?). 

I'm nervous! I don't really know why, but that's what it is. How long am I going to be able to keep this up without a child being here? It's okay. Everything will be okay :) And if not, we've already seen we can re-induce lactation pretty quickly and I can start it up again :) 

The first little bit (if I produce) I'll just be tossing. I don't know how the drugs I'm taking affect breast milk. I know they SAY it's fine but I'd rather not be on anything at all while nursing. So my plan is to establish my supply and then cut the domperidone. Then I'll cut the herbal helps and only add them back in as needed if my supply dries up or gets really low. Once I'm off the domperidone I'll either donate or freeze what I produce :)

Thank you to all of you who have supported our efforts to breastfeed (and to any who have kept negativity to themselves) :) I say "our" because Daniel is a big part of this too. I couldn't do it if it weren't for his encouragement, support, reassurance and at times cheerleading :)


  1. I am so impressed! Go you! It's kind of surprising that it happened that fast, but maybe it's like one of your other commenters said (I think)... that you breastfed before, so your body knew what to do. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Mother's Milk did remarkable things for me. I purposely dried myself up and then 3 weeks later I decided I wanted to pump more--took Mother's Milk--and my cup ''runneth over". So proud of you, Jess!