The first month of stimulating to breast feed went pretty well. I was motivated each and every day to pump and take my supplements (and drink that tea) diligently; then all of a sudden, it stopped. Thank goodness it’s part of the process, because I’m pumping now more than I have in the last 4 weeks and it’s only gonna get more intense!
I was put on a duo of birth control (high estrogen) and progesterone to simulate pregnancy hormones. That lasted for a month, and thankfully that month went by fairly quickly. I was told that while on the hormones, my pre-milk would probably dissipate until after the hormones were removed. Of course, as it goes with my body, that’s not what happened. I continued to see some production (still very little) throughout the hormone process, and then suddenly it all stopped a day or two after I finished the meds. Naturally, I panicked, but my lactation consultant assured me that my body was most likely in “post-birth” mode after finishing the hormones and that just as with biological moms, my milk will probably return in a week or two. So now I’m sitting around every 3 hours pumping and popping blessed thistle and fenugreek caps like it’s my job (20 pills a day, to be precise), not to mention knocking back somewhere around 70 oz of water a day (hello, bathroom)…waiting for that liquid gold to return. Have you read many of my posts? I’m only a little stubborn. This will happen – it has to!
So if anyone out there is reading this and going through the same thing, or thinking about taking this route in the surro-bio baby process, just know that you can’t get disheartened. I have no guarantee that milk will come in or that I’ll be able to exclusively breast feed Liam myself, but I know that I’d rather fail giving it everything I’ve got trying than give up and never know if it would have worked.
Here goes nothin’! Only 7 more weeks until Liam’s due date!
Jamie (Signature is coming, I swear!)
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Wow! That is amazing that you can “trick” your body into producing breast milk!
I am so excited for you Jamie. I love reading all of your posts. Best wishes for all of you!!!!
Thank you Amy! Modern science (and the grace of God to have it) is amazing. Plus, I’m really stubborn and I won’t give up 🙂
You are one AMAZING woman. WOW.