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    Default Breastfeeding and surrogacy

    My husband and I are expecting our fist child in November through surrogacy. I am unable to have children because I had my ovaries removed at 15 and a hysterectomy at 19. My question is, can I breastfeed? I contacted a lactation specialist and was told that I probably could with the use of medications and pumping for two months before the baby comes. I am all for the pumping but not too keen on the idea of taking medications, one of them being Yasmin.
    If I were to just pump, would I be able to produce milk? I have never lactated before.

    Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding and surrogacy

    I am not expert, but I don't think it would hurt to try. You would need to pump a lot, but it is so worth it. And if you make some milk, but not enough to feed the little one, look into an SNS to supplement. SNS is a bottle that hangs around your neck, holding formula, with thin tubes that run out. You attach the tubes to your breast and the baby nurses, getting both breastmilk and formula as well as telling your body that you need to make more milk. Also, Motherlove has products that may be helpful. They are herbal and could be helpful. I used it along with another medication to help me get my supply back. Contact Motherlove and ask them which product would me helpful and how much you should take. I asked them questions and was very surprised at how fast they responded. Best of luck to you and congrats on your little one!
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    Default Re: Breastfeeding and surrogacy

    From what I've read (and hopefully some mamas with experience in this area will pop by), the medications can really make a big difference. If it were me, I would find the best lactation consultant in town, someone with experience in induced lactation, and get the whole scoop on medications and pumping. Meanwhile, check out the book The Nursing Mother's Companion - it has a chapter on inducing lactation for adoptive and surrogacy mamas, with extensive discussion of both medications and pumping schedules. Breastfeeding your baby will be so worth it!

    ETA: Obviously, you should also consult with a doctor who is familiar with your health status before taking any hormonal birth control, especially post-hysterectomy.
    Last edited by @llli*joe.s.mom; June 13th, 2010 at 10:25 AM.


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    Default Re: Breastfeeding and surrogacy

    My question is, can I breastfeed?
    Yes, definitely. I know someone who was in a similar situation- she had a complete hysterectomy due to severe endometriosis, adopted a baby, and was able to lactate (to a very small degree) through nursing and use of a supplemental nursing system alone. She did not use any medications.

    Now, this was 20 years ago, she had less than 24 hours notice that she would be offered a baby, and the protocols for inducing lactation were not well-understood. But my point is that if she could do it, you can do it: you have a lot more time and information on your side!

    I am all for the pumping but not too keen on the idea of taking medications, one of them being Yasmin.
    Is there any medical reason why you are not keen on taking the medications? If there is, I would discuss their use with your gynecologist or midwife. Short-term use may not present a significant risk. If there's no medical reason why you want to avoid medications, then I would seriously consider using them. My understanding is that they can help the lactation process a lot.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks so much everyone!! I will definitely talk with my doctor and weigh the pros and cons of taking medication, I will also check out some of those sources!! You all have been a lot of help!

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding and surrogacy

    You might take a look at Dr. Jack Newman's protocol for induced lactation. http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeed...protocols.html

    My understanding is that the hormonal birth control pills play a significant role.

    Good luck to you.
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