Go to Project Relactation Day 1 to read from the beginning. Go to Project Relactation Day 10 to read the previous entry.
Relactation has been progressing slowly, but I am still making progress.
I received my Simple Wishes pumping bra and Pumpin’ Pals flanges over the weekend. The new hands-free bra is worlds better than the elastic and alligator clip contraption that I got from LactaMed. No more lost suction while I’m pumping hands-free! It’s even secure enough that I can move around a bit (as much as the pump tubing will allow) while pumping.
I had another large jump in my supply on Day 10, going from expressing a total of 3mL to 7.5mL. That was a quarter-ounce! While it might sound pitiful to some of you, I was excited to be able to measure my output in parts of an ounce instead of just milliliters.
My supply increased marginally for the next two days, up to 9.5mL on day 12. I was starting to get discouraged with the slow progression and began wondering whether I would be able to regain my supply fast enough to be able to feed him a substantial amount of breastmilk.
I began looking into getting some prescription galactagogues to help boost my supply a little quicker, but that was disappointing as well. Domperidone — aka Motilium, the drug preferred by doctors specializing in breastfeeding problems and lactation consultants for increasing supply — is nearly impossible to acquire in America these days, especially for an off-label use like increasing milk supply. Reglan, a similar drug prescribed Stateside, isn’t suitable for me: it isn’t compatible with SSRIs like the one I take for postpartum depression; it also causes depression and anxiety in otherwise mentally healthy people. With my history of anxiety and recent recovery from PPD, I would be especially susceptible to that unfortunate side effect.
Negative thinking and doubt began to get the best of me. On day 13, I only pumped in the morning, then took a break from it when I went to spend the afternoon with family for Father’s Day. By the time I got home, though, I couldn’t wait to pump again. That session was disappointing, so I didn’t pump or express any more until late the next afternoon when I decided to give myself one more week to see real progress before I threw in the towel.
Surprisingly, I managed to express 16mL between 5:30pm and 11:00pm. That was over half an ounce in roughly six hours!
Yesterday I only expressed 13.5mL, but I figure it will take a day or two to recover from the little pumping vacation I took on day 13 and 14. I was also able to latch Wyatt on for a few minutes on both sides on two different occasions, so he might have taken in a little of my available milk as well.