Re: Am I crazy? inducing lactation with a cleft palate?
Susan gave you wonderful information, but I think the heart of her post is this:
With a baby with a cleft, there's a good chance that exclusive pumping would be the only way your baby would get breastmilk. EP is challenging, and I am sure it's not what you envisioned when you dreamed about nursing your future baby but on the other hand you do have time to get this all sorted. This baby isn't due for a while. That means you have time to induce lactation, see how well inducing works, decide if this baby is destined to be your baby, and then, when you have your baby (whether it is this baby or another baby), see how well things work out with nursing.
Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic
Inducing lactation is a lot of work, particularly without using the drugs, but I think it makes sense to at least try it and see how far you get with it. Maybe you'll win the jackpot and everything will go perfectly- you'll achieve a great supply, the baby will be born able to nurse. Or maybe you'll get a smaller payoff- you won't get a full supply but you'll get some milk, and so will baby, or baby will not be born able to nurse but will still get breastmilk. And maybe you'll draw a losing ticket, and you won't be able to introduce lactation and the baby won't nurse- but you'll never wonder "what if?"
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