I understand that breastfeeding adopted babies is somewhat controversial. I breastfed Lexi until she self-weaned. I am a big believer in the importance of breastmilk. So, when we thought about adopting, I couldn't imagine NOT trying to induce lactation. I've read things all over the web and in books about inducing lactation and I've come up with a plan.
This is the protocol I am going to use to induce lactation.
-30mg of Domperidone 3x a day
-I work full time right now, but I have a long lunch break.
-My plan is to pump about 6-7 times a day.
-Continue domperidone & pumping.
-3 Blessed Thistle (390 mg per capsule) 3x a day
-3 Fenugreek seed (610 mg per capsule) 3x a day with meals.
-Eat lots of oatmeal
I'm hoping for the best because when I breastfed Lexi we never had any problems. I know every child is different, but I pumped for her and I always responded well to the pump. I would get 8-10 ounces in about 10 minutes. I realize my supply may not be that great right off the bat, but I have every reason to believe I can do this. I'm not going to do birth control (which is a suggested method of relactation) because I don't think I really have the time for that protocol, and (tmi) birth control made me cuh-razy when I was on it in the past. I also don't believe that the hormones are safe in general.
I have a Medela Pump in Style that I used when Lexi was little. I estimate that I have about 60 hours of pumping time on that pump. I'm hoping that my pump still has enough life in it so that I don't have to rent a hospital grade pump.
I figured I'm sharing everything else that I'm doing to get ready for the baby, so I might as well share this too.