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    Default Pumping without pregnancy

    I am adopting a baby girl in 6 weeks and I am trying very hard to produce milk so that I can provide breast milk to the baby. I have started pumping but don't think I am doing enough. 10 min each side 2-3 times a day. I am also drinking the Yogi tea, 3x daily and am taking 1.50 ml of tincture blend daily.
    I know that the likelihood I can produce is low since I had a hysterectomy 2 months ago and have zero estrogen. However, I have always been an "overachiever" in the boob area and so I was hopeful. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: Pumping without pregnancy

    maybe post in the relactating thread. There may be more help there. Also talk to your doctor, there are some drugs you can get prescribed. Good luck
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    Default Re: Pumping without pregnancy

    you might find something helpful here
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html

    do you have older children?

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    Default Re: Pumping without pregnancy

    Check out that link from Andrea. IIRC, there's a lot more you can do to induce lactation. Don't worry about the hysterectomy, though: you really don't need a uterus to produce milk since milk production is controlled by the brain, not the womb. And I know someone IRL who had a hysterectomy and breastfed her adopted child.
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    both of u, perfect! exactly what I needed! thx!

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    Default Re: Pumping without pregnancy

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*goldsoul View Post
    I am adopting a baby girl in 6 weeks and I am trying very hard to produce milk so that I can provide breast milk to the baby. I have started pumping but don't think I am doing enough. 10 min each side 2-3 times a day. I am also drinking the Yogi tea, 3x daily and am taking 1.50 ml of tincture blend daily.
    I know that the likelihood I can produce is low since I had a hysterectomy 2 months ago and have zero estrogen. However, I have always been an "overachiever" in the boob area and so I was hopeful. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
    I think it would help to pump more often if you can. I would try to mimic how a baby eats. Also - Domperidone ROCKS!!! I am also planning to adopt a baby in less than 3 weeks. I started pumping 2.5 weeks ago and I think that things are going well. However, I didn't realize how hard this would be when I started - it is easy to feel discouraged.

    I pump for about 15 minutes every 1-2 hours - except for at night (i only wake up about 1-2 times - it is so hard to wake up without a baby and not much milk). While pumping, I massage my breasts and occasionally take the pump off and hand express. I get more milk by hand expressing - but the pump helps with nipple stimulation. I am getting about 1/8 - 1/4 of an oz every hour. This amount seems to be increasing every day. I am also taking 10 mg of domperidone 3 times per day and fenugreek.

    By they way - it took about a week an a half to get any real significant amounts of milk and I had been taking domperidone for about 4 days.


    I try not to stress about it - but I hope that I have more milk when the baby is born.

    Best of luck to you with your adoption!!!

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    Default Re: Pumping without pregnancy

    I was also going to suggest pumping more often... if you are trying to stimulate a supply from scratch, you definitely need to be pumping every 2 hours or so. And I also agree some Domperidone might help, so maybe look into getting a script so you can help get your supply going. Good luck mama!!
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