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Julia

"Jo's Titty Hut" AAAah!

OliviaDrab

Jo, you ARE a badass punk, lady. Pumping your tits for a year? Fuckin' A, that's punk rock right there.

I've got some dried kudzu rope all over the yard if you want to thatch a roof for your Titty Hut.

Mollie

Oftentimes I call my Isis Breastpump my "works."

It's a lot like injecting, only in reverse. You'll come to love it. I sure do.

Lori

cheapo papers shades from home depo was my solution to the huge windows.

jilbur

Jo's Titty Hut. Oh. My. heeeeeeeee
*sigh* I loves me some YOU.

Jo

Well, I think the pumping only happens for a few months, then ideally you get the baby to do all the work...unless it takes a long time to get a baby...in which case you get to invite all your friends over for breastmilk sorbet.

You'd all come, right?

Debe

Breast milk sorbet sounds deliciously punk rock and, hey, I used to have a mohawk, so I know!

Nat1026

Sorbet hmmmmmm??? Well, as long as it's NOT low-carb!! I refuse to eat anything low carb, hence the width of my ass. When we come over for sorbet, can we play w/your pump? And will we get to listen to your punk collection?

Mamarama

I love you and your titty hut. You reign supreme... Way to embrace it and make it punk rock.

Sanorah

Your just trying to start a new punk fad aren't you!?

*grin* Hope it works out..

runnerwoman

I almost e-mailed you about your thoughts on adoptive breastfeeding, but then decided you'd think I was too weird. Even though my husband still hasn't, technically, agreed to adopt, I've done a good chunk of research on adoptive breastfeeding. MDC is a great resource, although it was depressing reading.

Anyway, it is very punk rock, especially if you get one of those keen hospital grade pumps. In this situation I'm feeling fortunate that my office has no windows and a sturdy door, although my co-workers might wonder why there's a low frequency hum coming from my office.

Jo

Runnerwoman, have you been to Four Friends? They're a really excellent resource all around. And then...somewhere else I can't find right now...there are the Newman-Goldfarb Protocols, which are what I'm going to show my doctor. They've got drug and dosage information, and some doctors' responses to the recent FDA domperidone ban.

Not too weird! Never too weird!

Tammy

Too cool. I had heard that it was possible to stimulate lactation like that. Actually, the article that I read was about a lesbian couple and both moms wanted to be able to nurse.

And, you can push it it even further...I also read another story about a woman who used her breast milk to make sourdough starter and every Saturday, she makes sourdough pancakes for her family. Talk about a legacy, eh?

Veronica

If Mr. Polyp is interested, men can also stimulate lactation -- see http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/milkmen.htm

Marla

There is an adoption breatfeeding group over at Yahoo. My friend liked the group pver there. She brought her babe home a couple of weeks ago & is doing it right now-- (but not in a building made of windows.)

Anne

>No, I'm talking adoptive breastfeeding. With drugs! And pumping!

Wow! You can do that? I never knew, cool, a little freaky, and VERY PUNK ROCK (in my book at any rate but I’m a big ol’ lame ass these days so I’m not sure if my opinion counts for much).

chris

Oh, this is so exciting and so good for you and the baby. I wondered if some of the moms who are adopting would try this. I've heard Reglan is as good as the domperidome, but I can't vouch for it personally because my doctor was a dumbass and had never heard of dom. If you do it, try and find a good lactation consultant (there are so many who are not good, unfortunately) who supports inducing lactation. You might also want to try La Leche--the chapters are all different, some being a little "conservative" and others being full of nice hippie ladies who I personally found more supportive when I had breastfeeding problems. Finally, get the hospital grade pump. It's completely worth it, although it looks like a car battery.

beth

May I just say that I'm so glad that pumping has now been deemed "punk rock". I've been trying to get my foot back in that door, and I didn't even know, that all this time, I was already there. Maybe I should start taking my pump to shows with me. Then again, maybe not.

And by the way, you should join this forum that is great: www.mamatropolis.com/community. All kinds of puck rock moms (and some dads) hang out there.

Debbie

I don't have any experience with the drugs which induce lactation, but I do know about clandestine pumping. Closing the door to my office would arouse curiosity and I was afraid the dull hum might be audible outside and through the shared wall with my boss' office. I mentally couldn't handle that.

My solution was to get a car lighter adapter for my Medela. I'd disappear for approx. 15 mins. when necessary to pump in my car in the underground parking garage. It was dim in there and I'd use a black apron-type drape thing that covered everything and to the casual observer looked like clothing. I even had an unexpected conversation with my boss through my passenger window while I was attached to the machine (had quickly turned it off). I'd unknowingly parked next to his car. I don't think he had a clue.

If you don't have a car at work, I'd talk to a facilities person at your building. There has got to be a place they can set up for you. You can't be the only one in the building that has ever had to deal with this. (many companies have a "lactation station.") Most people are really happy to help. I just happen to be crazily private and in retrospect it would have been so much easier if I'd told my boss.

Pumping can be a bitch though (especially in the beginning) and I swore I'd never do it. I took it week by week and astounded myself with how long I was able to persevere even with some McGuyver moments (saran wrap, rubber bands, etc. for forgotten pump parts ). In the end I could easily pump while driving my manual transmission car on L.A. freeways.

My opinion is that if you can handle infertility (I've been there, done that, doing it again), you can handle pumping if that is the route you decide to go. Good luck and I'm glad you are considering it.


Cory

Hmm, why does domperidone look/sound suspiciously like Dom Perignon? Are you making that shit up? hehehe

Moxie

I thought there was some evidence now that there was no significant benefit to domperidone and pumping vs. pumping alone. Too bad you can't administer the domp. to one boob only and pump both. You'd have a controlled experiment set up with your own body.

Geez, I'm such a true dork.

mamamarta

as i type, i'm nursing my 16mo adopted son micah. i'm so glad you're thinking about this. email me if you want to chat. i did the newman-goldfarb protocol, pumped for 8 months (long story, we thought we'd get a placement much sooner than we did, lotta birthmoms don't want to place with a lesbian couple), never got a full supply but supplemented for 6 months with my own stash of bmilk in the freezer. how punk rock is that?

nursing this babe has definitely been one of the greatest things i've ever done, and is a great way to get reaquainted with liking your body (that and running a marathon, which i'm also training to do).

way cool. keep us posted. one of my favorite topics.

Karen

Jealousy. Can you breast feed an older infant if they haven't been breastfed????

You are too cool for my school, Jo. I wanna go to Titty Hut. Pick me!

Laura

Lenore Goldfarb is actually a dear friend. Her website is loaded with info:
www.asklenore.com

I say GO FOR IT!

We are TTC with a GS and I plan to TRY induce lactation as well!

Andreah

You make me feel like a freak now for pumping at work in the bathroom.
Oh and I use the Avent Isis hand pump and it is the bomb diggy and very 80's heavy metal hair band.

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