I just wanted to introduce myself . . . I am a BFAR mother. I had my surgery about 11 years ago and my surgeon told me I would not be able to breastfeed and not to try. I read Diana West's book and decided to try anyway. My daughter is now almost 11 weeks old and so far is thriving on breastmilk! She was 7 lbs. even at birth and at 10 weeks she was 11 lbs. even, which is definately more than the recommended 5oz. per week.
I've also returned to work, so I have to pump, which is no small challenge. So far, I've been able to provide EBM although I can't pump much at a time (only about 2 oz.). I feed DD before I leave her and return before her morning nap to nurse again. So far we're managing! She feeds a lot in the evening and wakes 2-3 times at night to be fed. Then she gets a long, leisurely nursing in bed before we get ready for the day.
I am very nervous that I won't be able to keep up with her needs as she gets bigger, but I'm thrilled that we've been able to use only BM so far. I do notice when I pump that it looks like only 1-2 sinuses are open on my left breast, and only 3-4 on my right, which I would guess is less than normal.
I am interested in hearing from other BFAR Moms about what's worked for them!