I think it's an excellent reason for relactating. Being able to give your ds a dose of your immune system can only be beneficial for him. I'm especially impressed by the doctor recommending it. I wonder if it's easier for a mom who has produced milk before than for an adoptive mom who's never been pregnant? You'd think so, wouldn't you? I mean your body obviously knows how to do it. Kinda like having a baby.
Check out the www.bfar.org
website. It's for women who are breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery. I mention it because they have a lot of experience with building a milk supply, using domperidone and herbs and pumping. They also have an email list you can join for advice and support.
I've heard you can buy the domperidone from New Zealand pharmacies a lot cheaper than from Canada.
The Vitamin Shoppe sells a lot of the herbs quite cheaply. I only ever took fenugreek. You might not need them with the domperidone anyhow.
Shop around for rental pumps - prices vary a lot. I found renting from lactation consultants cheaper than from baby stores. Renting a hospital grade pump isn't hugely expensive ~$30 a month? but buying the pump kits for them was ~$50 and you usually want a spare on on hand in case a part breaks. But here's what I did: When in hospital I got engorged so I used the hospital Ameda pump (which come with hygienic disposable pump kits). I saved the pump kits - the tubes and bottles. Once home I rented a Medela Classic. I found the disposable Ameda pump kit from the hospital fit my rental Medela Classic pump
Big money saver! You can't buy these disposable kits retail I think. They're fine for reuse - they just need disposable kits in the hospital for hygiene reasons. I'm sure your immunologist could get you some of these pump kits they have in the L&D wards. Or the hospital Lactation Consultant?
I used to pump about ~8 times in 24 hours. It was hard but it becomes manageable once you get used to it. The hospital grade pumps can be rather strong at first til you get used to it. I found it hard to see progress from day to day plus I was so out of it after my dd was born. I found it useful to keep a breastmilk log. I'm glad I did because after a week or so or when I had doubts, I could look back and see how my yield had improved. First 1/4 oz, then I was pumping 1/2 oz, then 1 oz.... it increased so gradually, I don't think I would have noticed it if I hadn't been keeping track of it.
The medela website has lots of info about where to rent their pumps and info on accessories. www.medela.com
edited to correct web link. I really shouldn't work from memory. Thanks for pointing it out.