Joshua is now 5 1/2 months old. A while back, I decided in my mind that I’ll only breastfeed Joshua until 6 months or so for a number of reasons. But now that the 6-months mark is fast approaching, I’m starting to feel sad about stopping the breastfeeding.
I think that breastfeeding makes me feel that Joshua needs me. If I stopped, it almost seem to indicate that he no longer needs his old mommy. Obviously I don’t make these conclusions rationally, but hey, that’s just how I feel about it.
I still have a few weeks of supply of supplements left. Cliff and I agreed that once I finish taking those supplements, it’s time to wean Joshua off. I’m sure the weaning will be quick once I stop taking the domperidone and supplements.
Lactation can be induced by piychsal stimulation and by drugs. In principle—with considerable patience and perseverance—it is possible to induce lactation by sucking on the nipples alone. The nipples may need to be consistently stimulated by a breast pump or actual suckling (several times a day), and the breasts massaged and squeezed ( milked ) to encourage flow of any milk. Temporary use of galactagogue (milk-inducing) drugs is also effective; galactagogue herbs may also be of use. Once established, lactation responds to demand.