Re: Inducing Lactation without drugs - advice please!
If it's not too nosy of me to ask, why isn't your doc comfortable prescribing you the usual regimen of drugs? Regardless of whether or not you feel like answering that question, I would see another doc for a second opinion. Often docs are... Over-conservative when it comes to things with which they are not familiar.
Inducing lactation without drugs can be done, though I am not sure what level of success can be guaranteed, particularly if you have never been pregnant or nursed a baby before. Your plan sounds like a good one, though I would love to see you pump every 2-3 hours instead of every 3-4. The more stimulation you can give your body, the more likely you are to be successful, and the more quickly you should see results. I'd also want you to have perfectly-sized breast shields, to ensure maximum stimulation- so I'd see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, about that. I'd also talk to the LC about the herbs- fenugreek, blessed thistle, goat's rue, and ordinary oatmeal are all useful, though not nearly so useful as frequent pumping!- and also about the dosages you should be using. And get your hands on the SNS or Lact-Aid now, and practice with it and a doll, just to get a sense of what you're in for when it comes to using it.
The last thin you may want to consider is using Rx drugs to increase supply. Reglan and Domperidone are both useful in that regard- but discuss it with your doc, because both have additional side-effects and are not appropriate for every mom.
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