I have low prolactin blood levels, not IGT.
I'm not sure how Dom would affect IGT, it affects Prolactin production. But here is my feeling on DOM, BFing and FF.
My milk supply dwindled when we had a medical issue going on.
I started Dom and I had 1 extra bottle a day pumped after my LO started eating solids that was great.
Then I started to back off on pumping and my milk supply went down.
I'm "barely" getting enough to feed LO right now, fortunately I have some in the freezer. This morning, pumping for 40min now - 1.5 oz.
When I think about the cost I've put into bfing, I really wonder if it is truly worth it this time around for me and my family
Pump Rental $185
Pump Purchase $180
Dom Purchase 1 $30
Dom Purchase 2 $40
Pump Parts & spares $25
Totals $460 this was from our grocery budget, it could not come from anywhere else!
My time away from my family pumping (I have 4 children) - this is really beginning to take it's toll on my household. IT's why I'm pumping 3X a day instead of the 5 or 6 I need too. I also can not get up in the middle of the night anymore, I am physically exhausted from the demands of LIFE inaddition to pumping. It's a love hate relationship right now and I often dread the pump.
I also have medical grade formula for fortifying my EBM due to protein intolerances, 1 of which is lifting which I expected. I don't use much and was hoping I would not need a case, I've bought 1 can on ebay for $15. And I have some samples from the doctor and 1 can from our hospital stay and I'm not going to say those are free b/c of the cost of driving, tolls, and co-pays, plus my time again away from the rest of my children and the stress of it all.
Due to protein intolerances and Celiac Disease in 2 of my children I have additional GF and DF foods cost for me bfing the gluten intolerant baby, in addition to our Celiac ds2.
I can't put a figure on the benefits of bm, I also can not put a figure on the absence of me from my other children while I pump. But I wonder, my bm is low in iron since I'm deficient, I'm on thyroid meds, so that residue is in there, I'm taking DOM more meds, I'm taking allergy meds started this week could not live w/o them, so that is in my bm. If I eat something I'm not supposed to that is in my milk and will make him sick. Is my BM the best thing for my baby with all this crap in it???
I can say DOM purchased in smaller quantities cost more and for me right now I'm out, but if I had it the cost per day would be $2.40 for just the standard starting dose of 3pills 3X per day. I don't have enoug money extra in our budget to buy a large quantity at a time, not many people do.
The cost of powdered milk based formula per day would be .60. The hypoallergenic semi-elemental formula would be $1.35 per day.
If you are not loaded or have extra, I can see FF is cheaper than pumping and feeding when a milk supply problem exist. Benefits of Bfing set aside due to the inability to quantify a number to them.
Does DOM work? Yes, for me it did, but I do have low prolacin levels. It took about 5 days for it to really kick in and I knew it, if I forgot to take it. Is it worth it? Only you can decide.
Just from the understanding of breast tissue etc. I am not sure DOM would work for IGT. It might increase the production of the glands you do have by increasing your prolactin levels. But I'm not sure about that.
It might be worth a try to you.
I'm still plugging along w a pump and fortifying my ebm for my baby. I'm waiting on my 2nd order of DOM. I'm nearly certain it will be my last order and when my milk is gone that will be it. My LO is nearly 8 mo old now and I'm beginning to resent my absence from my children's lives attatched to the pump. "can we go now?" "No, mommy has to pump first." "are you coming to bed tonight?" "not now dear, I have to pump." "Mommy, baby's crying, you need to feed him." "not right now, I can't, I'm pumping."