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Ok, so I'm a single childless 22-year-old (at the moment), but I'm a pp doula who also loves helping women and children.<br><br>
Lately I've been thinking about inducing lactation to be able to donate it or to wet nurse little ones. I'm in fairly good health, except right now I'm taking Zoloft and know it would need to be something I go off of before I do it. I also have eczema, so I figure it would help babies fight against it?<br><br>
Anyway, I know it's a lot of work to induce lactation. I would need to pump every couple of hours with a hospital grade pump, correct?<br><br>
Does anyone think it's weird? Not worth the work? Would you accept a childless wet nurse or think it was some...I don't know, fetish or something?<br><br>
I've also thought about being a surrogate, because I want to experience birth, help people out, and it would make lactation easier. But I really don't think I could give up a baby that I had been carrying inside me for so long. I'd want to raise it and take care of it myself. So I don't think I would be a very good surrogate.<br><br>
Oh and also, I don't know if this makes a difference, but I've gotten a few clear drops out of my nipples before by doing breast massage and hand expression. I know it isn't much, but it only took me about 20 minutes to do. It almost seemed too easy!
 

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I think if you are really interested in donating milk, it would be fine. Maybe finding someone to donate to would be a good start, also talk to your doctor about going off the zoloft. Maybe you are just really excited about taking steps toward parenting?
 

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I think that's great! I would only be concerned about one thing: do you really want to go off the Zoloft?<br><br>
a) your health is important, being on medication sucks, but having emotional problems sucks even more<br><br>
b) are you sure you would NEED to go off it? I could see uneducated recipient mamas worrying about it and preferring to avoid it for their babies if there was an alternate source of breastmilk. But, according to Dr. Thomas Hale in Medications and Mother's Milk, "the chance of clinically relevant plasma levels in the in the infant is remote." You can see those words for yourself in his book by using the "search inside" feature at amazon.com. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Freader%2F096362198X%2Fref%3Dsib_dp_srch_pop%3Fv%3Dsearch-inside%26keywords%3Dzoloft%26go.x%3D9%26go.y%3D10%26go%3DGo%2521" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/096362198X/ref=sib_dp_srch_pop?v=search-inside&keywords=zoloft&go.x=9&go.y=10&go=Go!#</a><br><br>
*I* don't think its weird, but I'm the type who is open to the idea of eating my and DS's placenta and other unconventional things...<br><br>
I would accept your donated milk. I don't think it sounds like a fetish. I'm skeptical it would help an infant's chance of problems with eczema. I don't know exactly how to do it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that's great! I would only be concerned about one thing: do you really want to go off the Zoloft?<br><br>
a) your health is important, being on medication sucks, but having emotional problems sucks even more</div>
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I could go either way, really. Things are going fine with the Zoloft, but I'm taking it more for "maintenance" at this point.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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b) are you sure you would NEED to go off it? I could see uneducated recipient mamas worrying about it and preferring to avoid it for their babies if there was an alternate source of breastmilk. But, according to Dr. Thomas Hale in Medications and Mother's Milk, "the chance of clinically relevant plasma levels in the in the infant is remote." You can see those words for yourself in his book by using the "search inside" feature at amazon.com. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Freader%2F096362198X%2Fref%3Dsib_dp_srch_pop%3Fv%3Dsearch-inside%26keywords%3Dzoloft%26go.x%3D9%26go.y%3D10%26go%3DGo%2521" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/096362198X/ref=sib_dp_srch_pop?v=search-inside&keywords=zoloft&go.x=9&go.y=10&go=Go!#</a></div>
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It <i>is</i> totally fine to take Zoloft (actually, I believe it's considered the "best" anti-depressant to take while BFing) while BFing, but I thought maybe some moms wouldn't want to use my BM because of that anyways? Maybe that's a wrong assumption. I know I wouldn't care, because it's not harmful...but maybe some moms would think it wasn't "pure?" I don't think I'm explaining myself very well...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">*I* don't think its weird, but I'm the type who is open to the idea of eating my and DS's placenta and other unconventional things...<br><br>
I would accept your donated milk. I don't think it sounds like a fetish. I'm skeptical it would help an infant's chance of problems with eczema. I don't know exactly how to do it.</div>
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Much placenta love here! I think that's great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
The eczema thing...yeah, I know BFing decreases an infant's chance of getting eczema. I thought maybe if I had it it would be like having a cold and the baby would get my antibodies? I'd love more info on that though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe you are just really excited about taking steps toward parenting?</div>
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Guilty! It's so funny, I was never even sure I wanted kids, and if I did I wanted to wait until I was at least 30. I became a doula to help mothers and women, kind of a real-life manifestation of my feminism. Since I've started working with babies, I'm SO HOOKED. Part of me wants children so badly, as soon as possible.<br><br>
But my brain says I don't even have a partner at the moment, and no money, and no career started. It's hard. I'm very clucky, but have no nest!
 

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You asked . . .<br><br>
I think it's weird, sorry.
 

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I think that it would be a great thing for you to donate milk! Why not!? Too few lactating mamas donate as it is, and we can take all the milk we can get KWIM?<br><br>
I hear you on the surrogate thing, I couldn't do it either, but I am glad there are people who can! You go girl!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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I would look into milk banks to see if you could donate if it was something you were interested in.<br><br>
As far as the surrogacy goes, no one with doubts should ever do it, and most organizations/coordiantors will not accept a woman who has never given birth before.
 

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Does anyone know how to induce lactation and keep it going if you don't have a baby? Any good books to read? Should I just hook up with an experienced IBCLC and go from there?
 

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Does anyone know how to induce lactation and keep it going if you don't have a baby? Any good books to read? Should I just hook up with an experienced IBCLC and go from there?</div>
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There is a great forum at <a href="http://www.asklenore.com" target="_blank">www.asklenore.com</a>
 

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Id accept your milk too.<br><br>
*hugs*
 
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