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Great question! I have had a lactation fetish for a long long time. I've wanted to lactate again for about 5 years now but have no idea how to go about it. I know you have to pump every few hours consistently and there are also herbs and drugs
Great question! I have had a lactation fetish for a long long time. I've wanted to lactate again for about 5 years now but have no idea how to go about it. I know you have to pump every few hours consistently and there are also herbs and drugs that help bring on milk.
I've decided that I will give it a go this year, I have to save for a good breast pump.
Linga, this is from an other thread on this discussion. I cut my response and pasted it.
Induced lactation is difficult if one already has
a baby and has the dedication to use one's breasts to nourish a human being, and even in these cases, it often fails. I see about a 30-65% success rate in my Induced Lactation Clients, and these woman have a high need and desire to produce milk
to keep their babies alive, and often they have much difficulty. It isn't something you "just do." Please read the entire post before even thinking
about buying a breast pump. You can't get a good one for under $350.00, the $200.00 an under ones will simply cause breast damage and infections, not to mention severe pain.
From my other post:
I mean, whatever you are into. But, as a Lactation Consultant, I can tell you, if you are NOT lactating, it will hurt like hell. And not in a good way! Lactating breasts secrete a lubricant from the Glands of Montgomery
(those little bumps on your aureole that look like pimples or goosebumps) and when you are not lactating, they Glands don't secrete much at all.
Also, the better quality pumps yield better results and have more consistent suction PSI and cycle times.
Cheap pumps, like the Evenflo, the Gerber, the Isis, the "Gentle Expressions" do NOTHING but cause pain, not good, sexy pain, just shitty pain. Any pump under $300.00 (with about one exception, the Medela Double Ease) is usually poor quality, can generate so much suction that they actually can cause nipple and breast damage and HURT like hell
. Cheap pumps can generate, in a very inconsistent way, up to 10 times the neccesary suction, and cycle times that keep the negative pressure on the breast for TOO LONG of a time and it can cause breast damage to use these cheap ass pumps
. That is why breastfeeding mothers should NEVER buy a breast pump from places like Baby's R Us, Target, KMart, Walmart etc. They carry crappy products, and the people who work there are clueless about HOW the product works, and which product is best for each woman's needs
I need to tell you. I have certainly used breastpumps myself, while nursing my own children. I also sell and rent high quality hospital grade pumps for my clients (they are expensive, because a lot of research goes into them, the materials are medical grade, and safe and the suctions and cycles are consistent and similar to what a human infant generates.) and there is NOTHING sexy IMO about pumping your breasts. It's actually a bit of a pain in the ass. It's a chore. I've never
heard a woman say she ENJOYS it.
It may be necessary if you need to be away from your baby, or your baby can't latch or is hospitalized, but most women see breast pumps as a necessary PITA. And many breastfeeding moms NEVER even need a breast pump. Many just use the baby all the time, which is ideal.
The suction on a good quality breast pump should NOT be strong, and should be very consistent
(meaning the PSI are the SAME on every cycle and don't' change as the container fills with milk) in a high quality pump, babies don't generate a lot of negative pressure, and neither should a good pump. I have never felt the least bit stimulated while pumping and NEVER felt the desire to use one while not lactating, and I have at least 20 pumps in my house at all times.
Whatever floats your boat, but I wouldn't buy a cheap one. I've seen serious, deep tissue damage from poor quality pumps. This, in some cases, can actually be permanent and cause lifelong problems with your breasts and thier ducts as well as their appearance.
. As the FDA refuses to control the quality of breast pumps (urged by the formula companies that they are "not medical appliances" and they ARE!) so many dangerous breast pumps are easily available.
Also, trying to pump a "dry breast" without good preparation can be painful and also harmful
. If done properly, say a situation where a woman is going to adopt a baby and needs to generate a supply, or the non-pregnant woman in a lesbian relationship wants to be able to also feed the baby and needs to generate a supply, it is quite safe, but one would need to hire a lactation consultant (they run about $120.00 per visit and up in my area) do the proper preparation, obtain a high quality pump and stick to a regular schedule. I wouldn't recommend just putting a pump on non-lactating breasts, if you aren't trying to make milk for a baby for any reason
Mileage and all that, but, please do your research. There is a hell of a lot more to it than just "buying a pump and pumping a few times a day." Done incorrectly, the breast and it's appearance, as well as it's integrity can be seriously damaged.