Six years ago I gave birth to my son, but then 30 minutes later started
hemorrhaging. My blood pressure dropped to 30/10 and I had 5 minutes to
live. They labeled me as an amniotic fluid embolism. An emergency
hysterectomy and a complete blood transfusion saved my life.
After a complete hysterectomy, Christine was unable to have children of her own. She enlisted a friend to be a surrogate and using Christine’s egg, she carried and delivered a healthy baby girl. Pretty amazing, right? What’s even more amazing is that Christine was able to exclusively nurse her new baby girl. You read that correctly- Christine, who was NOT pregnant with her baby, was able to produce milk and nurse.
I started around 20 weeks gestation with the birth control pills,
then discontinued them 6 weeks prior the due date and started pumping
every three hours (I often skipped the night session). I took the
Domperidone (Motillium), I think 80mg a day. I didn’t go the herbal
route with the Blessed Thistle or the Fenugreek, nor did I
do the lactation cookies, oatmeal, or dark beer.
Initially I only got drops, then 2 oz a day, then 4 oz a
day…by the due date I was up to 24 oz a day. Well, after she arrived
my supply increased even more. I have a full supply, an upright freezer
filled to capacity…and have not used any
formula supplements. I alternate nursing and bottle feeding and have
cut back on my pumping to now only 3 times a day. I get about 9-10 oz a
Christine’s daughter is now 13 months old and is no longer nursing. She had such a good stash of freezer milk that she was able to donate 500 oz to local twins!! I can tell by her emails that she is one proud Momma and very passionate about this topic. What an inspiration to other Mom’s researching lactation induction!
If you are looking into this yourself and have questions or need support, Christine has shared a link to a wonderful support group here. This is a private group so you’ll be required to apply as a user. There is also a great Q&A section on asklenore’s website as well as a message board.
Has anyone else heard of this or know anyone that’s tried?
PS- Just a note but why don’t we start a lactation induction weight loss program? I personally lost a TON of weight when I was pumping for my first baby (working on it with #2) and Christine mentioned she lost 25 pounds and wasn’t even pregnant! Are we on to something here? LOL :o)