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I considered inducing lactation for my highly allergic adopted 13 month old who has never breastfed before. But with a recent attempt with the SNS she has NO desire to suckle (she used to) and with all the things going on in our home (moving out of state, etc.) I haven't the patience nor low stress level to be calm enough to teach her.<br><br>
I've heard that I cannot (since I've *never* lactated before) induce lactation solely with the pump (purchased an expensive one already<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )... I asked my naturopath yesterday what she thought (she kept commenting on my fatigue and stress level) at the end of my visit with her...she thought it would not be in my best interest...<br><br>
So I'm not going to pursue it! I know it is possible for many women to induce lactation and even to teach a 13-14 mo old to suckle/latch on. But my personality mixed with the busyness and stress in my life right now, it just isn't gonna work.<br><br><br>
Thank you all for your support & encouragement while I was considering/pursuing it!
 

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Big hug!
 

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Kudos to you for even thinking about it!<br><br>
I hope the stress levels out for your family soon, and your new child grows out of some allergies!
 

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Are you seeking donors? I'm willing to. I have a clean bill of health and would provide medical records or be tested at a facility of your choosing.<br><br>
My babe is seven months old, almost and I have a good supply. I eat a varied diet, a little dairy, but i never just sit down and chug a glass of milk.<br><br>
I'm glad you've made the choice of less stress for your family. That often means sooo much
 

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I've never looked into donors, but the thought has crossed my mind...I think I'm a little nervous about it though!<br><br>
And the donor's diet would have to be pretty limited! We're hoping with complete elimination of her allergens she can outgrow many of them (ped's hopeful). Her 4 top allergens are ALL diary, All nuts, All wheat, and ALL eggs. The eggs caused a large reaction when we introduced them, so that's what triggered the allergy testing. (We've been warned the first reaction is usually the mildest, and that nuts would most likely cause a similar harsh reaction.)<br><br>
So, I'm not sure...<br>
It might be a stretch to find a donor willing to do the diet. and to find a donor I'm comfortable with (this is not meant as anything personal--just my own comfort level! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )
 

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amazonMama,<br>
I admire you for even thinking about inducing lactation. If it weren't for the dietary restrictions I would probably encourage you to take a no pressure approach and just offer on occasion just to see what happens.<br><br>
As far as the hesitation regarding donor milk, as a potential donor I completely understand where you are coming from. However, I think it is possible to find someone you are comfortable with but it would probably take a lot of effort.<br><br>
Check out Milkshare and you'll see they have suggested guidelines and probably even a sample questionnaire. If you find a suitable donor that can commit to donating on an ongoing basis it would probably be worth springing for the cost of a blood test.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
~Cath
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> As a mom of a kid with allergies, I understand why you'd be leery of donor milk. Good for you for even thinking about it!
 

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amazonMama,<br>
I was curious so I went looking for your original post. I see that you have the pump. So if you are willing and able to restrict your diet I don't see the harm in giving it a shot as long as you don't put that "do or die" pressure on yourself.<br><br>
Here are some articles (links below) that might be helpful to you if you want to mull it over some more. The article on re-birthing isn't as wacky as it sounds. Apparently it's fairly common for women to nurse in the tub since it is such a relaxing environment. The most touching anecdote I read was about a woman who was coerced into weaning a 3 month old and accidentally stumbled across the warm bath trick while taking a bath with her daughter some months after weaning.<br><br>
Anyways, anything is doable and manageable in theory but I did want you to have a little more information in case you do feel like giving it a chance without making it an overwhelming project. Diet alone is a real challenge, I know from personal experience with DD1; and her dairy and secondary lactose intolerance issues were relatively minor to moderate. I discovered that I was able to eat mozzarella cheese which made a world of difference.<br><br>
Again, good luck. Your children are lucky.<br><br>
LINKS<br>
La Leche League article: Phoebe's Journey (re: a Mom that re-lactated for a 10 1/2 month adopted Chinese girl)<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug06p166.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug06p166.html</a><br><br>
Re-Birthing: Help For Latch On Problems<br><a href="http://www.lactationconsultant.info/rebirth.html" target="_blank">http://www.lactationconsultant.info/rebirth.html</a><br><br>
Relactation and Induced Lactation Resources<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/relactation-resources.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/rel...resources.html</a><br><br>
Adoptive Breastfeeding & Relactation<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html</a><br><br>
Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding: The Basics<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html</a><br><br>
Help -- My Baby Won't Nurse!<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a><br><br>
When a Baby Refuses to Nurse<br><a href="http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx</a><br><br>
I would like to resume breastfeeding after an interruption. How do I relactate?<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.html</a><br><br>
~Cath
 

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I never breastfeed before my adopted babe - so it's possible... but a ton of work. I used the Lact-Aid and SNS for every feeding and it took me about a month before I started producing enough for feedings without them. At the time I was blissfully ignorant ~ and now that we've been nursing for over 2 years I know that our success is just not the norm. You do what's right for you... and you can always try again if life calms enough.
 
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