Hi there!! I'm new to this forum and new to the breastfeeding world entirely. :) My husband and I are in the process of adopting from Taiwan and are currently on the waiting list. Obviously we are hoping to get "THE CALL" any day now so in the mean time I'm trying to learn all I can about adoptive breastfeeding because I intend to breastfeed. I know that it may be a challenge and I'll have to work for it, but I think the benefits outweigh it all. Plus even if I can't get milk in, I'm excited about the bonding experience we'll have. So here are my questions...
I have done a lot of research and I know I don't want to be on meds. I don't judge anyone that does, I just don't feel it's right for me. So I've read that you can take fenugreek, blessed thistle and goat's rue to help with milk production....Is there anyone that has had experience with these and can share with me how they worked for them? From what I read it's okay, and in fact encouraged, to take them together...is that true? When should I begin taking them and for how long? We are on the waiting list and can get a call any day and then it's probably 4-8 months before we can bring the baby home.
Also, I had planned to go ahead and start pumping and even if I end up bringing my milk in before we are able to bring the baby home, at least I can start storing up. SO, with that in mind....Should I start pumping before taking the herbs or take the herbs first? Does it matter? As far as pumping is concerned, this was my plan after doing research....
I figured I start out pumping 3 times a day for 3-5 minutes and then keep moving it up. Eventually getting up to the every 3 hours for like 10 minutes. In that process should I continue the pumping during the night or only during waking hours? Is that process reasonable?
I know I have lots of questions and I might be all over the place, but bare with me. I'm excited and nervous and new! lol. If anyone has any sort of a timeline of what they did when inducing lactation without meds that they are willing to share, that'd be awesome! I found the Newman-Goldfarb Inducing lactation protocol but I don't want to use birth control or meds so that's why I'm looking for a natural, no meds protocol.
I'm so excited about this community and this journey I'm on. I can't wait to hear from you ladies!