Saturday, October 4, 2008

Making Milk

I have had several people ask how this works.

My friend LJ was a huge resource as was The website covers several topics including adoptive breastfeeding using the Newman-Goldfarb Protocol for Inducing Lactation which I will refer to as simply "the protocol."

With the protocol, the mother takes hormones in the form of birth control pills for 9 months. (There is an accelerated protocol for those who don't have that much time before their baby arrives.) Along with the pill, another medication (domperidone) that has a side-effect of increasing the body's prolactin (a milk-making hormone) is taken.

When the mother desires to make milk, the pill is stopped, the domperidone is continues, and the pumping begins every 2-3 hours around the clock. Fenugreek and blessed thistle capsules are added at mealtimes.

Amazingly, there are droplets of milk to start. As the days pass, the droplets turn into drips, and weeks later, there are puddles. The pumping can be spaced out. After 7 weeks of pumping, I am pumping 5-6 times a day and getting around 5 ounces per day! It may not seem like much, but over this long wait, it has begun to take over the kitchen freezer and will provide many bottles for Benaiah!

I am so glad that I will be able to give this gift to our son. Whether or not he takes interest in nursing, he will enjoy the superior nutrition of his mother's milk. We are going to see if he is interested in nursing after we get home and settled a bit. Stay tuned...


Roscoe and Julia Richardson said...

WOW! You go Susan! I'm in awe :) Benaiah can have nothing better than his momma's milk! Thanks for the info - I plan to pass it on to some friends of mine who are adopting and considering this.

Mark & Mel Harpold said...

I am sooooo very happy for you! What a gift for little Benaiah!


Dietrich & Amy Lusse said...

You go girl! Think of me playing Yahtzee on the plane while you pump!!! LOLOLOL
Love, Amy

kangaj1 said...

I'm looking forward to your words of wisdom on how this goes with travel. I can't take Fenugreek, which is probably why you're getting more milk than me. But I'm looking forward to getting freezer space back when Iona gets home!! Racoon, racoon, racoon, racoon!
Melissa :)

ethiHOPEia said...

I tried Fenugreek after I had my son to get my milk going, it made me so loopy. I felt like I was having an out-of-body-experience. Needless to say I quit and never had any success. :( Your little one will be so well fed! What a blessing!

Apryl said...

Fan-freakin-tastic!! I can't believe how much success you've had! I did absolutely nada before bringing Josiah home. When we got home, I just figured we'd see what happened (helped that a friend pumped and filled my freezer for me). Josiah latched on and started nursing right away. My body caught up with him and we had some sweet success. I was amazed that he 'knew' what to do. But want to encourage you. I used the supplemental nurser for a while but it made him a little angry, so I stopped that and he was pleased as could be. Spectacular bonding, and I now have no idea how I made time to sit calmly with him and nurse in those first crazy weeks. God's grace, I suppose.

I'm so excited for you--you've done an amazing thing for Benaiah.
much love,