Napping and milk production have been the primary topics of conversation at my house over the last few weeks. We have been lucky/blessed/bullheaded enough that Yogi is currently a 100% breast milk fed baby. Given that my wife is both the milk producer and the money producer (lucky her), she has been pumping since she went back to work in October. This has meant that she feeds Yogi when she gets home from work, before bed and now once at night. The remainder of his feedings are bottle feedings from the pumping that she does both at work (9AM, 12PM, 3PM) and at home (9PM, 6AM). That is a lot of pumping. Happily she has been able to keep up with him easily and aside from the bummer nature of pumping, this has worked well.
All of that has changed in the last few weeks. Yogi is eating more and my wife is seeing a decline in her production. After a miserable week of particularly bad worry, frequent calls to the LC that works with Dr. Wonderful (our pediatrician) and late night sessions with Dr. Google, she decided to get an appointment with another LC who came recommended by a friend. We went to this appt on Friday afternoon (we liked her) and left with a new theory.
The LC thinks that our pump has crapped out. It’s still functional, but she explained that the pump we have (Medela) is designed to pump 3-5 times a day, 5 days a week. Our pump is seeing MUCH more action than that and has been for almost 4 months now. So….. we went home with a rental hospital pump that we’re going to try for 2 weeks before making any longer term decisions.
In addition to the new pump, the LC suggested Domperidone. Anybody have experiences with this? Please leave a comment if you do, we’re feeling a little desperate over here. I’m not loving the “not approved by the FDA” thing and I’m also not feeling good about the (admittedly one) article I found that has shown traceable levels in breast milk, but the bulk of the information we have found seems to make the drug seem safe. Thoughts?