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So I have another piece of the puzzle solved. I was a low supply mama three times round. There were no physiological issues to explain my problem. I just didn't produce. My milk never came in. With number one I used herbs, but it wasn't enough...I got donated milk but he was primarily formula fed. With dd I used domperidone. It worked, but I had to take it for over a year. WIth the following pregnancy I did some serious research and found the connection between gut problems (crohn's disease, celiac disease, IBS, IBD, colitis, food allergies etc.) and breastfeeding issues (over and under supply). I worked diligently on healing my gut, but didn't get all the way (it takes years) before I gave birth. I did see an increase with my supply while nursing dd though so I knew I was on the right track.

Well....this time around my milk came in, but not very well. An improvement for sure, but not enough of one. Two of my practitioners that were with me for previous kiddos said that they suspected I had issues with oxytocin. Low supply three times over and a history of depression were two major points. Since there are two hormones that play major roles in bf and I had already dealt with prolactin (domperidone) oxytocin was the next logical one to look at.

I started taking oxytocin two weeks ago and I cannot tell you the difference it made! I now know what it feels like to be full. I never even got that way at 180 mg of domperidone! I have great letdowns and not even the slightest bit of depression. I have completely bonded with this kiddo which never happened before. IT took me a long time to bond with the other two. The best thing about this is that you take it for a maximum of one month-much different than the herbs and domperidone I was on for soooo long. I wanted to put this out there in case another mama needed this piece of info to successfully breastfeed. I know how hard it was for me, and I got really lucky to have great practitioners-without them I'd be pumping round the clock and doing domperidone again for incomplete results. Hopefully someone will find this helpful...

Incidentally if I had had more time to do gut healing, in theory my hormones would have balanced themselves. I didn't have enough time before this little guy showed up so a synthetic form is clearly better than nothing at all. I'm not planning on having any more...but I will be continuing on the gut healing path! I can now finally exhale and have an easy breastfeeding relationship.
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