Nope, not Dom Pérignon, like my friends keep thinking! Domperidone. It’s a medication that is technically used to help relieve nausea and vomiting and a slew of GI related stuff. One of the side effects is lactation. Honestly though, can you imagine Dom Pérignon helping to induce lactation, aside from helping to get me pregnant from a freak one night stand, since I don’t drink, and when I do, welllllllllll!?! HA! Callie wouldn’t take to that very well!
I have been trying to induce lactation for a little over 3 months now, with really no success. ONE DROP PEOPLE! One tiny, little drop! When that drop happened, Callie and I almost went out and celebrated with a lobster dinner! Since then, NOTHING, nada, zilch! Not a damn thing! I contacted the lactation consultant at the hospital where our boys will be born, and she didn’t really have much experience with inducing lactation. She did however give us the information for a women who is a registered nurse, lactation consultant, and exclusively breastfeed her 2 adopted daughters. Luckily for me, she lives in my area (about 15 minutes away) AND takes my insurance! SCORE! About 3 weeks ago, I went to meet with her and told her about how long I had been pumping and doing manual expression with no success. She was actually surprised that I knew so much about the whole process. I am pretty well informed thanks to Dr. Google and Ask Lenore. She took a look at my breast (apparently they are perfect for nursing!), took my weight and medical history, and gave me a prescription for…tun-tu-dah! Domperidone!
So today I started the medication, taking 20mg 4x’s a day for 2 days. I then go up to 30mg and then 40mg in 2 day increments. I don’t think anyone understands how incredibly excited I am about this. To think, that I will be able to help feed, nourish, and sustain my babies while creating a bond that I didn’t think would happen being the non-belly mama, brings tears to my eyes. I didn’t think that Callie would be behind me 100%, but she is! I think she is more excited than I am! I know that it’s possible (and more likely than not) that I won’t get a full milk supply, but I’m okay with that. It’s more about the closeness and the bond than anything else. Getting milk is a bonus! From what I understand and what I have been told, I should start seeing some milk (at least more than 1 freaking drop!) in the next 1-2 weeks! If that ends up being the case, I will start storing and freezing whatever milk I DO make, so that I can have it on deck in case we end up having to supplement with a bottle. Oh, and Callie has decided that maybe she DOES want to nurse! That has been the best part of this whole process. Those are going to be two very lucky boys!
I hope this all ends up working out. If I don’t produce milk, at least I’ll make one hell of a pacifier!
*I haven’t had the opportunity to write a post about our Anniversary/Babymoon vacation, mainly because we just got home at 5pm and I had to be at work for my overnight shift at 9pm. Tomorrow, after I wake up, I will upload my pictures and write a lovely post about our even lovelier trip. Until then, I’ll just leave you with this picture of my gorgeous girl in all of her 20+ week beauty. (Sorry about the quality. It’s a picture of my Nikon screen)