Topic: don't want inducing lasctation to ruin my boobs

Really! This is one of the main reasons I'm stalling on my decision of whether or not to induce lactation. Chandra really wants me too. The decision on which breast pump to buy has a lot to do with my preference because she's hoping I'll be using it a lot. I might not be so hesitant if I'd never experienced breast feeding. I have BF two babies, and would definitely breastfeed our babe if i were carrying.
Because I know that it isn't necessary for me to, I don't know if I want to go through all of the effort only to be able to produce a little "snack" here and there.
And, to be quite honest--I'm afraid that all of that pulling on my breasts, with the pump, might encourage gravity to start pulling on them too. Am I being silly?
Also, are there any inducers who have been able to produce enough milk to truly participate in feeding their little ones? If I knew there was a good possibility of that, that would increase the weight of my pro's list, greatly!

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Re: don't want inducing lasctation to ruin my boobs

I've always heard (and believe) that pregnancy does more negative things for your boobs then breastfeeding.

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I'm sorry I know that this is not answering your question but I'm confused. Can you just induce lactation on your own to BF? If so, is it safe for the baby if you're not the Bio mom or am I not understanding? Please forgive my ignorance I'm really not trying to be rude. I'm just curious.

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By lilgabby at 2012-02-21

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The only way that I think it would do any damage to your boobs is if they got HUGE when you lactated.  But if you have BF in the past then you know what lactating does to them.  Also, if you were 20 when you first BF and are in your 30s now your body doesn't bounce back like it used to!
You can't say how successful you'd be unless you try.  Some women can BF exclusively from inducing and some don't produce much.  I wouldn't even attempt it though if you aren't committed because it takes ALOT of effort, time and $ for the meds and/or herbs.

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Yes, you can--and yes, it's safe. People donate breast milk to banks, for strangers' babies. Of course, that milk is tested to make sure the producer isn't the carrier of any kind of disease that could be passed through breast milk. The only reason my breast milk wouldn't be okay for the baby I'm not carrying, would be the same reason/s it wouldn't be okay for a baby I was carrying. And, none of those apply to me--so, yep, it's safe.
As far as the commitment--this is exactly why I want to be sure. I know that if I decide to induce, any lack of production will not be from lack of effort/commitment. I also know that I need to come to a decision in the next few months. It's good to hear that there are some women who have been able to fully breastfeed from inducing. And, yeah, I guess there isn't any way to know if I'd be one of them unless I try. Knowing that it is possible helps in making that decision though.

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Thank you so much. And again please forgive me I wasn't trying to be rude. But since you mentioned this I guess I can research it and try and convince DP to BF so that we both bond with our precious lil baby. Though I just asked and she flat out told me no I'm going to keep trying.

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By lilgabby at 2012-02-21

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When you BF your boys, did you have lots of milk?  I think thats a pretty good indicator... I never used any herbs or anything, but when my best friends little one was born at 27 weeks her milk was not very high quality (very low in fat) and she commented one day that she wished she had my milok, since I always had such fatty BM.  So I started pumping at her house, and was able to get a few ounces a day after only a few days of pumping with her... but I make a lot of milk so I think if you had no issues with your boys, then you should have no issues with this one.

Also, I don't think it's the pumping/pulling, it's just Mother Nature that makes our boobs head south!

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I induced and it does take a LOT of commitment. I didn't produce enoughto solely bf E, buri was enough that we didn't need to use formula when Hs milk was delayed in coming in due to her c-section. For me that alone was worth it. Everyone is different, but fwiw my boobs got bigger when I had milk and went back to almost pre-bf size after. No change in drooping! :-)

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I think what ruined my breasts was being pregnant.  One day they were cute and perky, the next they were engorged with stretch marks galore . . . and this was at 35!  In the beginning, I didn't make much milk, but when it came in around day 4 or 5, it was like Mt. Saint Helens had erupted!  And the flow didn't slow down for months.  But, they were never bigger or more sore than when I was pregnant, and the same seems to be true this pregnancy.  My mom and sister never nursed, but they both have large, saggy breasts they blamed on pregnancy as well.  Mom went from a B to a D after two kids, and I'm not sure where my sister started out, but she ended up having a breast reduction. 

So my thoughts are that you should do what you feel comfortable doing.  I don't think inducing lactation will make your breasts huge and later saggy - I think pregnancy hormones are to blame for that - but it is a lot of herbs and meds going into your body, so weigh the risks and benefits and make the best decision for you.

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Re: don't want inducing lasctation to ruin my boobs

Thank you so much for the input, everyone! I didn't think it would be such a big decision. Before Chandra was pregnant I thought I knew for sure that I'd try to induce. Now, I think I'm still trying to figure out the pros and cons list of inducing. I admit, all of the meds/herbs make me a little nervous. But, I also know I would love to be able to BF our baby.

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I think that since you have already breastfed you may be able to get away with a minimum amount of herbs and supplements and could try the more natural aids (oatmeal etc).

I'd breastfeed anyone's baby so I don't really have an unbiased opinion here ;0.  good luck in deciding though, it seems like you still have some time to make up your mind either way.

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As a guy, I would love the opportunity to know I'd get to bond with our baby like that. Even if it was just a snack. We do plan on having pumped bm but from what we've read here, we won't be able to start that for a few weeks after he's born. I will be able to have him on my chest skin to skin, but still there is that special bonding that happens during bf'ng. Just a thought. : - D

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Shanny wrote:

I'd breastfeed anyone's baby so I don't really have an unbiased opinion here ;0.


Lmao! This is too funny. I feel the same way and Dp just stares at me blankly. I'm glad there are other women out there that actually enjoy breastfeeding as much as I do. smile

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Great blog - I think you two might really enjoy it. Check this out on inducing lactation:
http://firsttimesecondtime.com/2010/07/ … xperiment/

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a good friend of mine who is also a lactation consultant said it wouldn't ruin your boobs but you need a good support bra.

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Re: don't want inducing lasctation to ruin my boobs

I was hesitant to post my original post because I didn't want to come across as being too vain. But, you have all provided some really great insight, and I'm glad I shared. Of course, if I knew that inducing would produce enough for me to help out adequately, I wouldn't hesitate in trying to make it happen--without fearing the promotion of my inevitably saggy boobs. It's the fear of putting forth all of that effort, and getting my hopes up, only to be unsuccessful that is holding me back from doing it. Ah ha!--the real issue comes forth.
Anyhow, thanks for providing thoughts/info to help me decide. I'm definitely leaning towards inducing. This will make Chandra very happy. And we all know how important it is to keep the pregnant lady happy!

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