Re: Induced lactation for mother by surrogacy
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Your situation with the unexplained galactorrhea (the technical term for milk flow in associated with pregnancy or childbirth) is unusual. So much so that I don't even have a guess as to what it says about your chances of inducing lactation without using medication. My gut says that the root cause is going to be really important. I did some googling, and it looks like the most common causes of galactorrhea are hyperprolactinemia (excess production of prolactin) and hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). If hyperprolactinemia were the cause of the galactorrhea, I'd say that your chances of getting milk without using medication would be better than average, since prolactin is the hormone that makes milk and your baseline prolactin level would be higher than average. If the root cause were hypothyroidism, you'd probably have a worse than average chance unless you got the problem under control by taking thyroid replacement hormone, since low thyroid function can impact milk supply. But here's the rub: your docs did tons of bloodwork and still couldn't figure out why you have this issue! So it's probably not caused by either hyperprolactinemia or hypothyroidism.
Basically, I think there's no way to tell whether or not you're in a better position than average when it comes to inducing lactation. But since you're planning on pursuing surrogacy, I think you will be in a better position than many moms who induce lactation, because you will know when your baby will arrive. A lot of moms who induce lactation are adopting, and they often have no idea when or if they will get a baby, and if that baby will be a newborn or an older baby who is already bottle-feeding. You're going to have 9 months to get things squared away, and that's a real asset!
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