Inducing Lactation Resources

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Here are some links for sites, blogs, and a chatroom about starting or inducing lactation.

See our Increasing Milk Supply and Breast Pump Info pages as well.

You can order Domperidone (a well known lactation-inducing drug) online without a prescription.

Some women induce lactation for their partners; here are some of their stories and experiences.

Reach out to others by using our local online community list.

  • Inducing Lactation Chatroom (requires Telegram app to sign up. It uses your mobile number to do SMS verification (no spammer robots, please). Afterwards you can put in whatever username you want. Your number isn't shared with anyone. It also has a web browser version.)

Quote-left.png Many mature woman and their partners are becoming interested in ANR and, as a result, the question of whether you can induce lactation after menopause comes up frequently. The short answer to the question is a definite YES! Quote-right.png

  • Induced Lactation After Menopause

Quote-left.png One of the earliest writings on the Marmet Technique, a form of manual expression used to drain the breast milk reservoirs, was published in 1978 by Chele Marmet and the Lactation Institute of Ventura, California, and some women are now using this as a form of inducing lactation... Quote-right.png

  • The Marmet Breast Massage Technique

Here's a quick video on the technique.

Breast Changes

Quote-left.png Any color than red, pink or black are just fine and are completely normal... Quote-right.png

  • Color discharges when first inducing (Reddit thread)

Quote-left.png First, time is imperative. A couple should set aside between six and eight weeks to have the best chance of bringing in her milk. While some rare women have accomplished full lactation in four weeks, others need ten, thus six to eight is the most reasonable expectation. Quote-right.png

  • A Guide for Couples' Lactation [an example protocol to follow]

Quote-left.png ...a change in the nipples and/or areolae is not only common, but also a very good indication that lactation has successfully begun. This change may include an enlargement and/or darkening of the nipples and areolae. Quote-right.png

  • Questions and Answers with the Loving Milk Maid

Quote-left.png Although there were no initial signs of lactation, after about four months of performing her NBE routine, she did begin to see a change in her breasts, one that she describes as “noticeable”... Quote-right.png

Medical Interactions

Quote-left.png The effects of Fenugreek, Fennel and Blessed Thistle actually delay how long it takes to start lactation... To induce lactation is increase prolactin which is suppressed by both Estrogen and Dopamine. Domperidone massively reduces Dopamine in the body which is the primary method it uses to induce lactation. As for temporarily lowering estrogen? Oatmeal is actually great at cleansing excess estrogen from the body. Once lactation starts and hits its main phase (basically as soon as the milk turns white) go ahead and start back on the supplement(s). It will probably be about a week or two after you start getting drops, and it will help increase your supply. Quote-right.png

Excerpt from this Reddit thread.

Quote-left.png Many moms with PCOS have no problems with breastfeeding, but recent research is showing that mothers with PCOS are at greater risk for insufficient milk supply. On the other hand, about one-third of women with PCOS report problems with oversupply... Quote-right.png

  • Breastfeeding and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Quote-left.png First, here's what breastfeeding moms shouldn't take: estrogen.

"Forms of birth control with estrogen can lower milk supply, so we try to avoid them in breastfeeding moms," explains Cristina Perez, M.D., ob-gyn at the Women's Specialists of Houston at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. "Estrogen isn't dangerous to the baby, but most moms would rather not take something that can potentially decrease their supply."

Estrogen is in conventional combination birth control pills, in Nuvaring, and in the birth control patch, so breastfeeding moms shouldn't take those... Quote-right.png

  • - Birth Control while Breastfeeding

Quote-left.png Most likely. It depends on the kind of surgery you had, but most approaches are compatible with breastfeeding. Incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit shouldn't cause any trouble. A "smile" incision around the areola increases your risk of having breastfeeding problems. ... You won't know exactly how your milk supply has been affected by breast augmentation surgery until you try to nurse. If you still have feeling in the nipple, you have a much better chance of having a full milk supply... Quote-right.png

  • Breastfeeding after breast augmentation (implants)

Quote-left.png ...Avoid herbs like fenugreek, which have an effect on blood sugar levels. If you have type 2 diabetes and are on oral medication, you should discuss with your doctor about the healthiest medication that can be taken for you... Do not drink alcohol, as it can decrease milk let down and also increase your risk of hypoglycemia if you take insulin... Quote-right.png

  • Breastfeeding and Diabetes

More Links

Quote-left.png There are a lot of opinions and methods to get any number of desired results. Everything from just a few drops, to several ounces per session can generally be achieved by following whichever method posted here that you feel comfortable with. Quote-right.png

  • Methods of Inducing and FAQ on Reddit

  • Relactation and Induced Lactation Resources

  • MilkMaidens Forums


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