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I am so frustrated I am about to give up relactating before I even really get started. I cannot get ahold of the LC at WIC about borrowing a breastpump, so I haven't even been able to start pumping yet. I can't afford to rent one or buy one. Just the herbs alone (Blessed Thsitle, Fenugreek, Alfalfa, etc.) are breaking the bank for us, and I still need to get Brewer's Yeast & Nettles. I really want to do this, but I am having a hard time seeing a way. Just needed to vent!<br><br>
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Ugh. I just realized that I still haven't gotten Domperidone either. And my midwife said she'd write a perscription except that she's never heard of it. And I don't know how I'd pay for it anyway (no insurance). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">:<br><br>
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Oh,mama!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
It will be okay. The main thing is to start removing milk from the breast. Can you hand express until you can get a pump? Here is the technique: <a href="http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html" target="_blank">www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html</a><br>
Keep calling WIC,or even go down to the office and let them know that you need a pump and you'd like to get started with it right away!
 

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Ami, I should have talked to you more this morning. Sorry! It was a bit overwhelming, what with all the toddlers, etc.<br><br>
I have a Medela Harmony you could borrow. I also have a Medela Pedal Pump? Do you know what I am talking about? The pedal pump might mimic an electric, but the Harmony has a new technology that mimics how a baby initially brings down the milk.<br><br>
What else -- I don't know, but I believe Domperidone cannot be covered by insurance anyway -- someone correct me if I am wrong?<br><br>
I also have some pages in the Breastfeeding Answer Book which I can have photocopied to help you.<br><br>
I never get to Paradise, but if you come down to Chico for another reason I would be happy to lend this stuff to you. Call me. I should have been in better touch, then I could have brought the stuff this morning<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">.<br><br>
Call me!<br><br>
Some links:<br><a href="http://www.nursingmom.com/medela-harmony.shtml" target="_blank">Medela Harmony</a><br><a href="http://www.selfexpressions.com/medpedpum.html" target="_blank">Medela Pedal Pump</a><br><a href="http://www.apothecaryoptions.com/domperidone.aspx" target="_blank">Apothecary Options</a> (He is local -- on the Esplanade -- and his pricings are very competitive)<br><a href="http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/domperidone_dosage.html" target="_blank">Domperidone Dosage</a><br><br>
Any of that help?<br><br>
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I'm so sorry your going through this. Cost is such a major issue. If you did'nt have to buy the formula then you could put that money into it, but you have to buy the formula until your supply comes in. I wish I could help.<br><br>
I'm in Canada and our extended health insurance through dh's company covers Domperidone, but I do remember someone telling me that you can't get a scrip for it in the states so it would'nt be covered down there.
 

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Extra water, oatmeal and hand expressing will take you a long way in relactating. Also you can do the Breastfeeding Boot Camp routine posted at the <a href="http://fourfriends.com/abrw/" target="_blank">fourfriends.com/abrw/</a> site all for no cost. Its an at-home time out for boosting milk & reconnecting babe.<br>
Domperidone is only available in the US from compounding pharmacies where it is very expensive. On-line rom Australia, NZ or Mexico is much less expensive and may not require a prescription. It is a stomach settling med that raises prolactin levels as a side effect- like fenugreek & blessed thistle. Not really designed for boosting milk and this aspect distrubs the maker to say nothing of the formula companies. There is a warning from FDA not to use it for milk boosting but they are not going door to door to find it...
 

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Hi mamas! Thank you for your replies! I have been told by my midwife she'll write a perscription, I just have to get her all of the dosing info. She said it isn't even listed in her drug books! I have been hand expressing, I figured it's better than nothing! As far as getting an SNS & a pump I got some good suggestions today at the LLL meeting I went to. I really am feeling more encouraged now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><b>Stacie</b>~<br>
Yes, all of that helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I felt alot better after going to the meeting this morning! I think I'll try to make oit to more of the meetings. It was good to be around other mamas who thinik bf is important like I do. I come down to Chico quite often b/c my mom lives there & so does my best friend (who just had a baby on Mon.). I'll actually be down tomorrow (Sat) & Sunday. If you let me know a time that's good for you maybe we could meet. I'd love to borrow either of the pumps, and I'm reading everything I can get my hands on so photocopies are great too! As for being in better touch, don't worry about it I probably would have told you I wasn't coming! it was a totally last minute decision! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Give me a call before you come down the hill, and we can meet up. I will search for pump parts for the Pedal Pump, and I will send them both with you to see what works best -- I'm not using them! They are just taking up space!<br><br>
We should be around all weekend. Our regular series meeting is next Friday, so if you want a real boost, come to that, too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 
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