I'm new to this forum and was recommened La Leche League as a resource for my breast feeding concerns.
I'm a first time mom-to-be, due August 18th from our first IVF cycle. I have polycystic ovarian syndorme and have been reading that breast feeding can be challenging for PCOS women due to a number of reasons caused by hormonal imbalances. For example, their glands may not have developed properly if PCOS was a problem during puberty, or that during pregnancy milk production can be impacted due to hormonal imbalances. I don't think the gland development will be an issue for me, I'm more concerned about milk development issues.
I've also read that many PCOS moms are treated with Metformin upon learning that there is a production issue after birth, but in some instances PCOS women are instructed to continue Metformin throughout pregnancy to help encourage production. I was told by both my OB and endocrinologist to discontinue Metformin after my first trimester, even though there are no known side effects to the baby during development or breast feeding.
I'm wondering if there are any women on here that have PCOS and have had problems breast feeding and what interventions were used either during pregnancy or afterwards to encourage milk production. I understand that I won't know if it's a problem for me until I try, but I want to do everything I can during pregnancy to encourage healthy and continued breast feeding.