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Inducing lactation for soon to be adopted newborn

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

 Tonight, we find out if we will start the process for adopting an infant.This is a private open adoption through friends.Baby is 2 weeks old. Can anyone give me practicla advise on inducing laction as naturally as possible?

 



 

post #2 of 17

Congratulations.

 

Go to http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/abindex.shtml scroll down to induced lactation. There is infor there. Also go to the forums and there is a section specifically on naturally induced lactation.

 

Call the local hospital to rent a hospital grade breast pump. In my town that's $35 a month. Start pumping every two hours during the day and maybe even once or twice at night. You probably won't get anything for a few weeks, but you need to start NOW!!!!!

 

Buy yourself a supplementer. Most adoptive nursing moms like the lactaid. http://www.lact-aid.com/

 

Get some donor milk. http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/  You will need it to start with and may need it for the first year of life. 

 

I am still nursing my 2.5 year old adopted daughter. (I take my last domperidone on Wed.) I pumped for 11 months before my daughter was born. (I was still nursing my bioson.) I lost most of my frozen milk in a freezer accident, but was still able to get her to 5 months on just my fresh milk and remaining frozen milk. At 5 months I added in donor milk (I would use the supplementer when she was clearly not getting any more milk from me.) At one year I switched from donor milk to cow's milk. She still uses the supplementer with milk for sleep.

 

After my son was born I donated milk to an adopted baby. That mom could not make milk, but she did nurse both children. They exclusively got breastmilk (donated) the first year of life. She would use the donor milk in the supplementer and nurse them at breast.

 

Let me know if I can answer any other questions. Adoptive nursing is a bit of work, and can be expensive (though you don't have to buy formula,) but it is so well worth it.

post #3 of 17

My advice is to get some domperidone and a breast pump.  I tried to do it as natural as possible at first (just pumping, then lots of herbs and pumping), but nothing worked at all until I got the domperidone.  It is amazing stuff, and I had no side effects except possibly a little weight gain.

post #4 of 17

I have been taking domperidone for over 2.5 years and have had no problems. Well, when I was taking 160 mg I would fall asleep if I wasn't doing anything even though I was never tired. I would just fall asleep. I also used Motherlove's More Milk Special Blend alcohol free liquid. Tastes like burnt maple syrup so I put it under my tongue then drank water. 

 

I am so excited to be taking my very last dom tomorrow. 2.5 years of three times a day medicine is a lot.

post #5 of 17

Where do you all get your domperidone?  

post #6 of 17

I always got mine from Canada. For me, it worked better than the other stuff. You have to have a prescription. They'll have you fax it to them. Delivery can take awhile. http://www.medisave.ca/DrugMoreInfo2416.aspx

 

Here is more ordering info. You can buy it without a prescription and its a bit cheaper than Canada. I just didn't think it worked as well for me, but others have sworn by it. http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/buydomonline.shtml

 

Make sure you read all the information on domperidone here http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/gn_protocols.shtml

 

They think the way domperidone works is it acts like a prolactin substitute. It sure increased my supply.

 

BTW, even though I was on 160mg a day, that is not normal. I think normal is 90mg, but check the second link above to verify. 160 mg is the absolute top limit.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thank you ladies for you advice. It looks the baby will be moving in any time. Should find out today!

 

post #8 of 17

Good luck and keep us informed. Please feel free to pm with any questions.

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Baby is coming home on Sunday! 

 

post #10 of 17

Wow. That's great.

post #11 of 17

Congrats on the new baby!  I placed two kids for adoption as babies and both moms were able to breastfeed them.  One seemed to have a much easier time of it than the other, but they both were successful.  I think it's wonderful that you are going to try it.  Best of luck to all of you. :)

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

SO how is this for an update. I have been pumping for less then 24 hours, and my left side is already producing tiny amounts of milk. I guess with all the short term prg I have had, that things were ready to go at a moments notice.  Threw me for loop when I noticed it! The fastest I had ever read, was 11 days for the lucky few!

    


 


Edited by BubblingBrooks - 3/12/11 at 2:34pm
post #13 of 17

Wow, that's great.

 

Have you been able to get a supply of breastmilk to use until you get a good supply?

post #14 of 17

I have a question for all you moms taking domperidone.  I've been using the Newman protocals mentioned at askelenor for a few months and am supposed to be taking the dom 4 times a day (80mgs total.)  Problem is I keep forgetting so I was wondering if it would be okay to take 30mgs 3 times per day instead??  Also I thought the comment about falling asleep was funny, because I've totally been doing that and didn't realize that's why!!  To the OP I hope all is going well and congrats on the new adoptive baby!!!!

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Alvenchrst View Post

I have a question for all you moms taking domperidone.  I've been using the Newman protocals mentioned at askelenor for a few months and am supposed to be taking the dom 4 times a day (80mgs total.)  Problem is I keep forgetting so I was wondering if it would be okay to take 30mgs 3 times per day instead??  Also I thought the comment about falling asleep was funny, because I've totally been doing that and didn't realize that's why!!  To the OP I hope all is going well and congrats on the new adoptive baby!!!!

 

I took the dom 3 times a day. Since I was up to 160 mg, I took 5 in the morning and before bed and 6 in the afternoon. When I was weaning, I ended up at 3 three times a day. I asked about it and was told 3 three times a day were fine.
 

 

post #16 of 17

I read that taking 30, 3 times a day was just as good.  That's what I plan on doing when I get my shipment from Canada.

post #17 of 17

Thanks SO much for your input!

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