I would love to see the article, too. I was "unable to breastfeed" both of my boys... DS1 was born at 36 weeks, peaceful, unmedicated, no interventions, DH "caught" him, laid him on my chest, put to the breast to snuggle, nursed within 20 minutes. He did, however, suffer a premature clamping of his cord. I had to induce my supply with Reglan, it never came in on its own, supplemented at breast with SNS from day 3, he had completely refused nursing at 8 months. He was born at 6 pounds and by week 3 was still 5 pounds, 7 ounces, had severe jaundice issues (2 hospital stays) which were complicated by his lack of food (my lack of milk). We went through a whole host of herbs, tonics, rounds of Reglan, etc. with no real success. I was determined to succeed with DS2.
DS2 was born at 40w0d, at home, same birth experience as DS1 except no idiot there to clamp the cord before we determined it was time (an hour later). DS2 was 10 pounds, 4 ounces, happy nurser, super strong. Day 3 he was 9 pounds 7 ounces, weak, fussy, had to supplement again, I was NOT happy. Luckily I had saved 5 ounces of my milk from DS1 - nearly 3 years later, it thawed fine! I also got milk from an overproducing friend whose DD was 3 weeks older than my DS2 and I started on Domperidone in addition to another carnival of herb and supplement experiments... We have since received milk from 6 other women, and I was comletely weaned from the dom at 8 months postpartum. He was supplemented at the breast, no pacis or bottles for the first 3 months, I pumped, supplemented, and nursed on demand 24/7. Now he gets about a bottle a week of either my saved milk or donor milk and eats 3 POUNDS of food a day in addition to nursing on demand. At 11 months he is only 18 1/2 pounds but healthy, thriving, and never had any artificial milk. My kids are just skinny kids - tall and big-headed, but skinny.
I have taken every herb/supplement and drug known to induce or support lactation except for shatavari root powder, spent hours consulting with 7 different lactation consultants, read every book known to them on breastfeeding, and spent far more on LC consults, doctor's visits, and blood work than I ever would have spent on formula. My license plate is a breast cancer awareness plate that says "BRSTFD". The back of my car says "Normalize Breastfeeding, Nurse in Public", "Affordable healthcare begins with breastfeeding", "reduce your risk, breastfeed your children" (with a pink ribbon), HOMEBIRTH, and of course, the international breastfeeding logo.
I tell anyone who will listen about how wonderful breastfeeding is. It is my child's birthright, but it has not in any way come easy to me. I have struggled through more challenges with nursing than any other breastfeeding mom I know, but I will not give up. My children want to nurse, it is my responsibility as their mother to make it happen. I will nurse my son for as long as HE wants to nurse, regardless of what I have to do to put milk in my breasts. I am a lactivist who was "unable to breastfeed".