Thanks to domperidone, herbs, reglan, herbs, oatmeal, herbs, other lactogenic foods, the SNS, lact-aid...and did I mention herbs?
We made it a year! I'd like to go to 2 years, but I'll be running out of dom in 80 days so we'll see what happens. She enjoys drinking water from a sippy cup so I may start offering whole milk in the next few months.
I just cannot believe we made it! I really felt like giving up so many times! With my older DD I DID give up when she was about 3 months and I've kinda regretted it ever since. This might sound kinda wierd, but making it a year this time has almost been healing for me and helped me get over that failed nursing relationship. I told DH that and he's like, "she's 6 years old, you weren't over that!?" No...I wasn't over that. But I'm getting there.
Yay for you, mama.. and Happy Birthday baby girl!
I know what you mean about the healing experience.. I had a very difficult time bf'ing my first child and it's something that still upsets me greatly. I can't even really think about it much or I will start to cry
I feel so blessed and thrilled to still be bf'ing my 17 month dd with no end in sight
Marcy - our babies are exactly 1 week apart. I so know what you mean about how hard and wonderful it was to make it to a year with low supply.
I don't remember if you've exclusively nursed til a year, but I know I just could not EBF no matter how hard I tried, even with dom, herbs, pumping, oatmeal, and tons of water.
I'm just grateful to for making it to the 1 year mark. I could only keep my first dd on the breast for 4 months though I continued to pump until 6 months and never exclusively. I could only make it to 7 months with my second dd. I was working with both and never made enough to put in the bottles. This time I'm a SAHM and I never would have been able to make it this long otherwise.
Congratulations on making it though. It's a great feeling isn't it???
kmcmommyto3 - I used formula in an SNS. I do know I was providing all the BM my body possibly could because my cycles haven't returned yet. We're in the process of weaning from the SNS and offering more solids. Right now I'm able to nurse her all day, supplementing with solids for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I only use the SNS for the last feeding at night before she goes to bed. It seems to be working well, for now. My LLL Leader did say if she shows any signs of "distress" during this transition, to go back to a full SNS and let her get more satisfaction at the breast, but so far she seems happy.