Inducing Lactation: Breastfeeding for Adoption (Part 2 – My Protocol & Fennel Oil! )

Well…. today is the day… the last day of the birth control regimen. Tomorrow begins the wonderful world of pumping. If you are wondering what I am talking about – you can read the first post here- (Part 1)

I have been working both with my OB and a doula/lactation consultant to come up with my process. Here is what my protocol will be:

**as always – I am not a doctor, my protocol is purely for informational purposes. Please consult a professional before starting an process **
  • For the last 12 weeks I have been on a high estrogen level birth control (skipping the placebo week). This is designed to tell the body that you are pregnant and help you develop proper breast tissue – the high dosage of hormones also simulated pregnancy.
  • 6 weeks before the baby is due (where I am now!) – I will go off of the birth control causing a sharp decrease of estrogen. This will mimic the concept of giving birth (hormone wise 😉 )
  • Once you go off of the bcp (birth control pills) – you will want to start pumping every 2-3 hours with a hospital grade pump.  This stimulation plus other aids will tell your body to begin increasing production of both oxytocin and prolactin.
    • Oxytocin- The love hormone- known to be plentiful in lactating women.
    • Prolactin- produced by the pituitary gland – also known as luteotropic hormone or luteotropin, is a protein that is best known for its role in enabling mammals, usually females, to produce milk.

There will be of course other aids along the way that I will utilize – I have outlined some of those below:

  • drinking LOTS OF WATER –  at least one ounce per lb of body weight is suggested for proper hydration
  • LACTATION COOKIES – who doesn’t love the ability to eat a cookie everyday? My wonderful mother who makes me all sorts of gluten free items (http://thecrossroadsbaker.blogspot.com/)  is making me a large batch of lactation cookies! I will post the link to recipe soon!
  • FENNEL ESSENTIAL OIL – Prolactin is not the only hormone that Fennel helps with. It’s a good idea for ALL people, especially mamas, to have this in their arsenal. A little bit massaged each day can help the body increase prolactin production and in turn, increase production. (get your starter kit – here! )

There will be absolutely nothing like the actual process of having a baby at the breast. Most people find that the baby is really what kicks their production into gear. The body just sort of “knows” that this baby needs you to produce.

So what if I’m not producing enough yet to feed her when she arrives?  Here are the wonderful options we have:

  • The Supplemental Nursing System (aka: SNS) –  This system is designed to allow the baby to still be at the breast, receiving that contact, while still also getting enough nutrition!  With the help of some wonderful milk donors, we also have a large stash of breast- milk that our baby can have even if I’m not there enough yet! Incredible yes? Check it out:
sns http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/853/supplemental-nursing-system-sns—sterile
  • The SNS can also be used for:
    • Inducing lactation
    • Keeping special-needs babies at the breast
    • Premature babies
    • Weak, ineffective or lazy nursers
    • Failure-to-thrive babies
    • Impaired babies
    • Low-milk supply mothers
    • Relactating mothers
    • A teaching tool to “fingerfed” babies who have difficulty latching onto the breast.

There are many other options and protocols you can follow – this is where I will be starting. I will update with any new protocol added – but.. today is the day… every 2-3 hours…. pray for my sanity!

xoxo

Chelsea

 

Inducing Lactation: Breastfeeding for Adoption (Part 1)

*first and foremost, I am not a doctor. This is purely my personal story and process for informational purposes only*

One of the most incredible and profound things to me is that the female body has been built with everything necessary to sustain another human life. In fact, research has shown and proven that woman’s breast milk when breast feeding a baby will morph and change to provide the nutrients needed for that specific baby. If that is not divine intervention – I don’t know what is.

However, did you know that you can also induce lactation without ever being pregnant?! Full disclaimer…. I am at the beginning of this process – so my personal success rate is yet to be seen… but women have been doing this for hundreds of years if not more!

This process dates back to maidservants and wet nurses who induced lactation as part of their services to the household they worked in! Crazy! Breastfeeding and that close bond and contact with a baby is one of the most important things you can do for a child and I am so excited to be able to have this special connection with our sweet babe.

( http://www.breastfeeding-magazine.com/lactation-without-pregnancy.html )

There are two basic things you need to go about this and prepare the body for milk production:

  • A large amount of determination
  • A protocol/regimen to follow to stimulate breast tissue and milk ducts.

There are so many choices of protocol and products to use to aid in this scenario including medications, Birth Control, progesterone and estrogen supplements, stimulation, pumping, herbs, teas, and more.

As many of you know – I am about going as natural as possible – so my journey will start with a birth control regimen (not a fan of this part, but I only have 6 weeks! ), pumping, teas/herbs, and essential oils.

The biggest part of the journey will be having the skin to skin contact with the baby. This protocol, skin to skin, and use of an SNS system should hopefully bring the journey full circle!

The process starts this weekend! I will be documenting my journey here to help others in their path as well. If you have any questions – feel free to write a message!

Inducing Lactation: Breastfeeding for Adoption (Part 2 – My Protocol & Fennel Oil! )

 

-xoxo

Chelsea

 

Spring Cleaning Challenge – Essential Oils

Alright – so lots of you asked for information on how to use essential oils around the house. I am participating in a “SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE” – and I thought I would share how it goes with you!

In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substance Control Act which grandfather in between 63,000 – 100,000 chemicals that were on the market. These chemicals were grandfathered in, without any testing, and are simply unregulated. Today, only about 50% of the chemicals on the market have been subject to any chemical testing at all. Under this act, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws, so that they do not even have to post what ingredients are in their products. If you go look at a bottle of household cleaner, you may be surprised to see that they only list a small percentage of the ingredients in the bottle.
There are so many ingredients to be aware of due to carcinogenic properties: Alcohol, Aluminum, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TALC, Parabens and more. These are found in so many common household products and should be avoided as much as possible for more healthful alternatives.
“Fun Facts”
– Quality of air inside homes is 5-7 times more toxic than outdoor air quality.
– It takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your personal products to enter your bloodstream.
– Consumer Householding Cleaning Product Sales was over $7.3 Billion in 2007
– Thanks to consumer awareness, the sales growth is slowing down! – This could be due to the push in chemical free cleaning, and DIY, natural cleaning, like Essential Oils!
Scary, huh?

Don’t worry! We are going to show you how to replace household conventional cleaning products with scary ingredient lists with DIY, natural, products, using essential oils!
Join me, won’t you, in replacing this toxic crap little by little, month by month, step by step – either with ready-made YL products or with things we can make ourselves with oils. Things that are not only NOT HARMFUL for our babies, but BENEFICIAL FOR THEM. We have that option!

Come on, y’all. Instead of $100 at Target on things that poison our families, let’s spend that money on good things that we know is right for our tiny people!

Our team had an idea to encourage each other to get our homes in tip-top condition this Spring… Naturally, we will be doing it completely toxin free. I can’t wait to share with you all.

Here’s what I’ll be using for the challenge:

Thieves Household Cleaner (stocking up – we use this ALOT!)
Lemon Essential Oil
Purification Essential Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Castille Soap
Glass/Stainless Spray Bottles
Your favorite YL Oils to diffuse!
Thieves Laundry Soap
Wool Dryer Balls & Lavender

Let’s do this, people!

Interested in joining the challenge? Shoot me an email at Happyoilerhaines@gmail.com and I will get you started!

I will post the updates as they come here:

 

(stay tuned!)

 

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What’s in your cupboard?

“Making the jump to toxin-free”

So – I had a couple days off this last week to celebrate my wedding anniversary and lets just say “You know you are an adult when you choose to stay home and catch up on cleaning/laundry instead of go anywhere”… … …Well that got me thinking about how many times I’ve been asked recently about the cost of switching all of our household products over to non-toxic young living brands- I made this handy little graphic below to help highlight it. At the end of the day- the fact that the known toxins and chemicals in the store brands can be so incredibly toxic and disruptive to our limbic, neurological and endocrine- makes the decision easy. None of that for my family- we have enough issues as it is! 😉 I wouldn’t put a price on keeping my family healthy however, when it comes to swiping that debit card – the numbers check out. What’s in your cupboard?

Get your own “thieves cleaner starter kit” here. Then, check out these other posts for more information on getting your home started toxin free.

What are Essential Oils? / Ways of Using Essential Oils

DIY Recipes for Essential Oils

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DIY: Roller Bottle Blends

One of my favorite ways to use my oils is through Roller Bottle Blends!  Here are some of my favorites. Get some glass roller bottles with the roller filaments – I get mine on Amazon – add 5-10 drops of each oil below, fill the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil. Throw is your purse and take ’em with you!

Check out more: DIY Recipes for Essential Oils

Get more info one some of the most common oils here!

Get your very own Essential Oils Kit here!

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MOTIVATION BLEND: black pepper, lime, orange, frankincense

ALLERGY TRIO: lavender, lemon, pepperming

LIFT UP &  CALM DOWN: sandalwood, cypress, ylang ylang, bergamot, black pepper

SLEEPY BLEND: lavender, cedarwood

LIQUID XANEX BLEND: lavender, stress away, patchouli

IMMUNO BLEND: thieves, RC, lemon

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DIY: Massage Cream

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This recipe can be made with any of your favorite blends of oils – the picture below uses Brain Power and Common Sense which is a fantastic massage cream when you need to relieve tension and focus!

Check out more: DIY Recipes for Essential Oils

Get your very own Essential Oils Kit here!

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