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Monday, March 16, 2009

A new pumping plan

Since I started pumping I was able to get drops but after several months it just wasn't getting much more than drops... so I called my doctor and I am on an official (drug induced) lactation protocol.

For the next month I will take a specific form of birth control pills (Yasmin)... along with a minorly controversial non-FDA approved in the US medication called domperidone. Over the next month I will watch for "significant breast changes" (soreness... pain... & of course getting BIGGER) if I have these changes by the first month (and I will because that is par for the course when I am on bc pills) I will then stop the bc and start pumping hard core (six times a day plus once at night) while continuing the domperidone. This is the same accelerated induced lactation protocol on Ask Lenore which is an awesome site to check out about all things breastfeeding. The hope is that my "early summer" I will at least have enough milk to give some breast milk to our little Finn.

So that is what I am up to... we are moving forward and taking the extra couple months we have to try to get this breastfeeding thing right.

Other than that I am working very hard at work on a beautiful version of the Greek tragedy Antigone. I have had such a nice time directing this one and for such a tragic play we have had a lot of fun. This is my busiest time of year and hopefully the amount of work I have will help the time pass quickly.

That is about it from here... I have started a surprise Finn project that may or may not pan out... and I am still spending all my spare time in baby stores... other than that we are here and we are waiting... patiently.


Blogger millie said...

Best of luck with the protocol. Do you know Liana of Welcome to the Dollhouse? She did this protocol as well and I'm sure she'd be happy to answer any questions/give suggestions/etc.

I'm thinking about doing it as well but still in the consideration phase.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Hi Jamie,
I don't want to sound weird or anything but I was googling SOMETHING, a couple days ago, I dont even remember what is was now, and came across your blog. At first I was confused at how to start from the beginning but then I finally figured it out. It has taken me almost 2 days to read your story (off and on) up to this point and I must tell you, I am VERY encouraged by this. The strength that you have, by not giving up, even though you have hit some pretty low points..its just amazing. I've laughed out loud, and cried to myself while reading your story and I just wanted to tell you that I admire your courage and strong will SO much. I'm so happy for you!

I have a few questions about some things that I seemed to have missed.

When and how did you find out that you were going to be adopting a girl?

Do you have a "for sure" diagnosis for your infertility? I remember reading that they thought it was PCOS (I'm currently battling through that right now) but I can't remember reading if that was a definate thing.

Finally I want to say thank you for documenting your journey. Its very inspiring and I look forward to reading more (:

4:10 PM  
Blogger Heather W. said...

The post before mine was so nice to read, what a compliment to Jamie! It's true, this journey is such an amazing story.

I will be praying that the meds work and you will get to breastfeed you little girl soon! (((HUGS)))

12:05 PM  
Blogger ASP said...

Love, love reading your blog and I'm so happy you're updating a little more! I, like Ashley, missed the part about when you were told you were adopting a little girl. Is there a way to repost that post for us newbies? Also, if you already know that you're getting a little girl hasn't the mom already given birth and why are they putting you and your hubby through the torture of waiting so long? Just curious. We're getting geared up for IVF and if it doesn't happen for us, then adoption will be our next route. Hope you're well and your boobays start producing milk! Can't wait for you to get your sweet baby!

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Swann's said...

I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to comment.

First, I applaud you for putting forth such effort and emotion and time and energy to give your baby the best start possible! I too have looked into adoption and would love to breastfeed so I will certainly continue reading to hear how this works out for you!

I have not read thru your entire story as I see it dates back to 2004... (((HUGS))) I'm so sorry that you've been on this journey for such a long time! I hope your baby girl is within a very short period of time until she arrives home, in the arms of her mommy and daddy where she belongs!


5:35 PM  
Blogger luna said...

hi, I was just directed here from a blog friend. I haven't read your whole story, but looks like you've been blogging a while!

I am about to start the accelerated protocol to induce lactation from ask lenore's site, as soon as my meds arrive. we are matched with an expectant mother who is due to give birth june 1. I really dislike BCPs, so I hope not to be on them too long. did the yasmin give you any side effects?

I haven't "met" too many people IRL who have done this protocol, so it's been nice to connect with women who have done it/are doing it/considering it... if you ever want to "chat" by email, just let me know.

wishing you all the best as you wait for your daughter. and best of luck with the protocol! I hope it works well or you.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Lavonne said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog. I am currently on the protocol you referenced using Ortho 1/35. I've been on it for about 5m now. I'd be open to chatting about my experience, send me an email if you'd like. But tons of luck to you as you wait for your little one!

email: eyeswideopenmotherhood [at] gmail [dot] com

12:55 PM  
Blogger .... said...

FYI, I used domperidone to help breastfeed my twins, who were 7 weeks premature. They had trouble latching, so I pumped for them. Thanks to domperidone, I pumped for them for 14 months, during which they solely existed on my breastmilk. I had no side effects, no maple smell from fenugreek. Great drug. Got mine from Canada.

5:35 PM  
Blogger G & H said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog and new to adoption! I'm excited to follow your journey please feel free to folow mine!

I too am looking into adoptive breastfeeding and startnigto pump!

12:56 AM  
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