I have a 6 month old baby and managed to exclusively breastfeed her for the first 8 weeks of her life. However, at 8 weeks my milk dried up. I was soooo heartbroken, and tried everything under the sun (latch analysis, fenugreek & other herbs, teas, breast massage, domperidone, pumping every 2-3 hours including at night!, etc) to get my milk back up. Nothing worked.
Two weeks ago I tried the last thing available to me - I had a hormone test. Now I understand that if your TSH is 10 or above then you have hypothyroidism. Mine came back as 150 ! Which is crazy... I'm on meds now, but have only just started them and am on 50mgc a day. I am having another blood test in 10 days time after which time they will adjust my dose as required.
I was on domperidone, but have just weaned off it. While ON domperidone I was producing around 10ml per breast every 3 hours. Since coming off domperidone all I get are a few droplets if I hand express.
I am guessing that it will take a few months for my thyroid levels to level out. My questions are:
1. I would like to attempt to relactate, but suspect that I should wait until the thyroid levels are in a better range. I did try to pump every 2-3 hours about a month ago, even through the night for around a week, but saw absolutely no change in my milk output. I don't want to go through that again if it's not going to give me results! So should I wait?? And if I wait will it not be even harder for my breasts to produce milk if I'm not breastfeeding or pumping at all for 1-3 months??
2. My baby is exclusively formula fed now, and we are about to introduce solids. But ideally I would like to stop with the bottles, and just provide breastmilk and solids. Is there anything I can do in the meantime?
Thank you very much for your help.