I did using Domperidone & pumping every 2 hours. I tried to get ds to relatch, even used an SNS but it just made him mad, so we gave him EBM in a bottle. I started the relactating process 5 months after he weaned (b/c of health issues) & withn 2 days of starting the Domperidone (along with many herbal supplements) I was getting 1/2 an ounce of EBM each time I pumped.
I tried with minimal success. I know I was producing some bmilk, but have no idea exactly how much, as I could never express it. I could tell it was there by dd's poops - part bmilk looking, part formula looking... - we're still bfeeding - but since I'm not taking the herbs anymore, I'm sure I'm not producing anything...
I tried for 4 mos w/o success....I took the Dom, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Fennel seed (all in powder form) along w/pumping every 2 hours, and never produced a drop. I have very cystic breasts, and very little glandular changes. I had great breast changes, but again not a thing. I use donor milk w/a Lact-aid (liked it better than SNS), and we nursed just fine
. Try try, don't listen to us, everyone is different
. I have a friend that never carried a child, adopted, EBF, and was able to become a donor for a milk bank. Her breasts runneth over she produced so much. I wish she lived closer!!
I have...twice. While my experience w/our daughter involved the supplementer 100% of the time (did herbs, pumping, Domperidone), I would say that we were successful because it was a very positive experience. Success isn't necessarily measured by milk production.
As for the second time....ds just turned three and we are still nursing (am actually nursing some mastitis at this time *ouch*). I followed the Newman Protocol and achieved a full supply.
Would I call my experience w/ds more successful than my experience w/dd...not at all
Originally Posted by MamiD'2
Success isn't necessarily measured by milk production.
ITA! To me, the definition of a successful experience inducing lactation was about whether or not I was able to establish an ongoing nursing relationship with my child. I made very little milk (though after reading Steph's post I wonder if I made more than I thought, because my ds had evidence of breastmilk in his poops). I was not able to keep my baby at the breast, though, because it was such a stressful and frustrating experience *for him*.
Dd is nursing to sleep right now. We've always supplemented using the Lact-Aid, first with donor milk, then with homemade formula. In a week I am starting the Newman Goldfarb protocal in prep for our next child through adoption. I can't imagine feeding dd any other way, even with all the work.
I did domperidone and herbs plus pumping for about a month and a half before our referral. It was going well, finally, once I figured out that I needed to do breast compression in conjunction with Avent Isis and/or manual expression (the big electrics really didn't do it for me). Unfortunately, the Lact-Aid thing didn't work out, for complicated reasons I've explained in other threads. Ended up bottle feeding, and giving about 2 ounces of expressed milk per day for 8.5 months. Would be happy to elaborate if you PM me.
I've nursed all my children, and I adopted them all. If you measure success in an attachment or relationship sense, we were/are successful. And if you measure it in milk production, then we have been very successful as well. Either way, I'd never consider not breastfeeding any of my children.
Cole was supplemented at the breast. He received donor milk and formula as a supplement, but was always breastfeeding when he received supplements through the SNS. I took domperidone and made probably a third of what he ate. Poor little guy was only nursed for 6 months because I went back to work, didn't know enough about breastfeeding, and he really preferred the bottle. I'm very sad about it still, but have absolutely no regrets about our nursing relationship. It was wonderful whether I made alot of milk or not. Any milk is a miracle really and packs an immunological punch!
Before Adam was born I started the Newman protocol. After using the lact-aid for 2-3 months, my supply caught up to his needs and we didn't need to supplement at all after that. I nursed him for about a year and a half. Awesome experience.
With Noah I supplemented with donor milk for about 6 weeks, although if I had have had more than 3 days notice that he was coming, I don't think I would have had to supplement at all. I only pumped for those few days before we got him and was up to making 1/2 ounce pumping session in those three days. He took to nursing like a born booby-baby after 2 1/2 months on soy formula mixed with pablum. Poor little lamb was just waiting for the real thing! He's now 7 months old and doing fabulously.
Noah and Naomi arrived together. She was 3 3/4 years old and was breastfed by her birthmama until she was about a year and a half. She nurses occasionally when she's feeling upset or stressed or sad. It completely grounds her and attaches her to me. She has an attachment disorder and it's the perfect therapy.
Anyway, I highly recommend it. The Newman protocol is the surest way to make the most milk, but anyone can nurse their baby with a lact-aid!
Thanks for sharing Kerri...I'm a week into the Newman-Goldfarb protocal and my breasts have swollen so much already and I read stories like yours and I have great hope to supply more of our next child's milk. We had so many milk chores with dd (cleaning/sanitizing tubes, making formula, carrying extra bags of milk, thawing donor milk, etc) that I am hoping to cut down on all that this time...the thought of nursing without a bag for any period of time over three minutes is grand. Dd only hangs out as long as milk is coming and even with domperidone I only produced a small amout. The thought of running off to the library with two child's gear and taking bags of milk too makes me think we won't ever leave the house!
I used the Newman-Goldfarb protocal and was producing about 1/2 oz at each pumping when our baby was born. So I produced milk. But was unable to continue breastfeeding due to circumstances beyond my control. I still see it as a complete failure though and will try it again if I get the opportunity.
I did with DD she is now 4.5 she nursed up until not quite 2 yo I was 5 months pregnant when she stopped. Then she nursed off and on after her brother was born and was about 3 yo the last time she had mee mees. (DS is still nursing)
I started off just using a lact-aid and herbs then switched to the Newman Goldfarb protocol at about 15 months. I did the accelerated and we never used a supplementer at all after that. I could pump 1/2 - 1 oz each pumping.
Not to hijack the thread, but for you moms who've nursed more than just a few months, did you notice any cycle changes? For me my once totally erratic cycle (part of my fertility problem) has become steady as clockwork, with great fertile mucus (another part of problem). Just curious....
Well, I am not sure because I have always been regular. But I got pregnant with my son while nursing my DD. We had a reversal 2 years prior and just figured it wasn't successful. So maybe my nursing did have something to do with it.
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