Hi--I'll be glad to give you some advice. I can't examine or treat you or replace local medical care. Older women, even if menopausal CAN produce milk but you might not be successful or might not produce much.
Are you there?
I applaud what you are doing! This will make you a much closer family.Pumping and stimulating the breasts if very important.
Milk is not dependent on hormones but on a substance from the pituitary gland, like the hormone oxytocin used to stimulate labor as pitocin.
An outline of all this is here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5668811_nurse-after-menopause.html
I don't know if you have stopped your periods or not but either way, there is a good chance you can successfully do so.
Did you type something and it got lost?
In fact, estrogen and progesterone drop after delivery of the baby and stay down for months after, during breast feeding.
prolactin from the pituitary is another substance involved with milk production
That might not make a difference at all as even men have successfully lactated (gave milk)
You were really smart to start stimulating with pumping far ahead.
It might not work but go for it and consult your local lactation nurse, if possible.
I think it's exciting.
A lovely thing to do for your grandbaby
(Is your daughter sure her implants would interfere? If they are under the muscle, they might make no difference.)
Fenugreek is an ancient ayurvedic Indian spice for lactation.
A lot of native people in different areas have other women nursing a mother's baby to help out or replace her should she die or have a problem making milk
It might do so. It can be tried if your doctor OR a sympathetic doctor through the local lactation nurse will hook you up with him/her.
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/domperidone.shtml#sthash.TbqgQlEa.dpbs here's a discussion
Domperdone causes release of prolactin
Yes, I do, as you've already been pumping and only gotten clear fluid so far
If you can get a doctor to prescribe it for you
As I said: prolactin is the milk producing substance from the pituitary gland (in your head, nothing you had taken out)
oxytocin also from the pituitary releases the milk with stimulation
If you are bound and determined to do this lovely thing, call your doctor and ask. If he/she won't help, call the lactation nurses
Are you still there? A chat with your doctor or even with the nurses first will help.
Your doctor is wrong. Breast milk is best for baby. Sometimes it can't be produced no matter what and then formula is a substitute. YOU ARE RIGHT. It might not be possible but wanting to do this is the right thing.
And...you're welcome. Call the lactation society nurses.
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