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Had my reduction 9 yrs ago, DD was born 3/18/03.<br><br>
I was able to ebf *almost* while I was home w/ her the first few months. (Had lots of nipple damage in the first few days, so we ended up supplementing, but were able to pull it back to no more than 2-4 oz/day of formula by the end of a few months, and often none at all.)<br><br>
I've been back to work since mid-June, and dd is home w/ dh. I'm pumping (PIS) 3-4 times/day, and I get anywhere from 6-11 oz/day that way, but it's not enough to keep up w/ her. She still needs (or seems to need) anywhere from 2-8 oz of formula after they go through my stash, and I haven't been able to store up enough on the wkds to get ahead! (During vacations & on wkds she doesn't get any bottles, unless I'm out & she's hungry, which we try to avoid.) I'm finding that the formula thing is bothering me more & more. I HATE that we have to supplement. (I'm taking fenugreek & drinking mm tea, in hopes that will help.)<br><br>
I'm trying to tell myself that lots of women who've attempted bfar have had much worse luck than I have, but it still bugs me.<br><br>
So: anyone else in the same or similar boat, who can give me advice/encouragement?<br><br>
Thanks, moms!
 

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Have you checked out <a href="http://www.bfar.org" target="_blank">http://www.bfar.org</a> ?<br><br>
Are you taking Domperidone? You can learn more about it at bfar. I started it two weeks ago (and my son is 17 mo!) and I see a good increase.<br><br>
I bf ds1 5.5 years after my reduction surgery and in the end provided 2/3 of his needs. With ds2 I provide 4/5 of his needs, so with each child you DO produce more. The milk ducts recanalize (regrow).<br><br>
Don't go crazy--stress can reduce your supply. As aggravating as the formula is, if your child needs it, they need it. Soon you'll probably start to introduce solids and that will help--just be careful not to replace breastmilk, but rather the formula.<br><br>
Domperidone might really, really help you. Also learn what to avoid--I once gorged on licorice and found my supply WAY down the next day. ??? Same with sage.<br><br>
Best of luck!<br><br>
Mel
 

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Gurumama;<br>
Thanks for the input! Last wkd I figured I'd get up in the night & pump, since she'd been sleeping 9-10 hours at a stretch, but then she decided it wasn't for her & started waking up in the night to eat. So much for getting ahead. I'm hoping this means she's trying to get me ready for the 6-month growth spurt!<br><br>
Re: Domperidone--I've been thinking about it, and am really starting to lean towards it. I'm confused, though--do you need an Rx or not to order online?<br><br>
OT: the Pioneer Valley (or Asparagus Valley) is just about my favorite place, after the Oregon coast. DH & I both went to school in your backyard...
 

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You cannot buy Domperidone in the US right now--even WITH a dr prescription. The FDA just--within the past month or so--halted the sale of it. Not because it's bad, but because so many people were using it as a galactogogue (milk producer) although it's not approved for that use. Then again, Pitocin isn't approved for induction. However, Domperidone *is* safe.<br><br>
You can order it here:<br><br><a href="http://www.globaldrug.tv/search.asp?Action=search&Definition=&Keywords=domperidone" target="_blank">http://www.globaldrug.tv/search.asp?...ds=domperidone</a><br><br>
from a New Zealand company in Vanuatu (a tiny island nation). Shipping is another $10. For $80 you get 600 tablets--about a 75 day supply, with is 2.5 months, which might be all you need. Many women find they have a permanent supply increase even after ending Domperidone use. But some still have to continue.<br><br>
Also, eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning. It makes a big difference!<br><br>
Which schools? Dh went to Hampshire.<br><br>
Take care,<br><br>
Mel<br><br>
edited to add: I used a PIS as well, but I picked up an Avent Isis for times when I can't carry the huge pump. That Isis gets more out of me, sometimes, than the PIS! I'm not sure why, but it does--it might be worth trying one. New they're around $25 (I got mine second-hand for $5--waaaaaaaay cheaper than my $310 PIS!!!!!).
 

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Mel;<br>
re: Isis--I used to love that show on the Saturday morning cartoons! Needed storage bags anyway (and had been trying to figure out how to have a 2nd pump at home so I didn't have to cart the PIS all over the place), so ran right out to Target last night & got myself a new Avent.<br><br>
Pumped after dd went to bed, and got 2 oz., which I consider pretty good at the end of the day w/ a manual pump, when I'm overtired anyway. So thank you for the recommendation. It's just what I need for the small amt of at-home pumping I do. Couldn't buy it w/o getting a whole kit w/ the disposable system so it was more like $45, but Target's having a 15% off all Avent nursing stuff sale.<br><br>
Discussed the DPD w/ DH, and he's very strongly against the internet pharmacy idea (too many spams for viagra). He's afraid that the NZ pharmacies are unregulated & that there's no way to make sure we're getting what we pay for. So we'll see how the extra pumping w/ the Isis works, and if that doesn't do it I'll put some research into the how reliable NZ pharmacies are.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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