Join Date: May 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I consider ourselves a success story -- DD is 13 mos old and still nursing multiple times a day.
When DD was born, she would not latch to save the world. I pumped my colostrum and syringe fed her. She still lost a lot of weight but by that time, my milk was starting to come in. I pumped every 2-3 hours around the clock and fed her via syringe. I also tried to latch her on for every feeding, an hour long ordeal that was a failure and left us both miserable and in tears. Somewhere around the 3rd week, I managed to get her to latch on momentarily with a nipple shield. I kept working with her with every feeding while maintaining my pumping schedule. . eventually around 4-5 weeks I got her latched on without the nipple shield. A miracle!
But it was short-lived. I had low supply. I pumped about an ounce every session (both breasts combined). In addition to the normal round-the-clock feedings, I was also pumping 3 times a day. Fortunately, up until that point my milk was actually enough for her, but around this time it was obvious she needed more. At first it was a growth spurt. But that growth spurt never ended and DD became increasingly frustrated and upset.
I also started suffering PPD. One major cause was my feeling of inadequacy as a mother. . .I suffered infertility and it took a long time to conceive DD. To me, breastfeeding was redemption, a big "up yours", so to speak, at my body for not cooperating. But no, PCOS strikes again. My OB got me Reglan, but he said I could only take it for 10 days because it causes depression and I already had PPD. My supply really got much better within that time. . .a hopeful development.
As soon as I stopped the Reglan, my supply plummetted again. I started pumping after every feeding, but it still wasn't enough. I finally decided to take the plunge and order Domperidone. I must say, that drug boosted my supply and saved our nursing relationship. It doesn't work as well as the Reglan did, but that's okay. I still don't make a lot of milk, but it's enough. Really, that's all that matters to me. I still had to pump a few extra times a day, but that was okay with me.
And here we are today. DD started eating more solids and she cut back on the nursing some. I stopped pumping completely and now DD gets her sole mama milk from the breast. I don't make enough for a full meal for her but since right now it's just supplementation to the solids, that's okay. She loves it as much as ever and we have no plans of weaning any time soon. I also have no plans of stopping the domperidone. . I'm gonna take it until DD weans!
Mama to Boy (2) and Girl (5)