Has anyone done the acclerated protocol??

Posted by: Jolynn

Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/14/11 12:52 AM

My husband and I are adopting in 6 weeks; we just found out last Thursday. I really want to breastfeed our new baby, but am not sure about the success of the accelerated protocol. I met with my ob-gyn yesterday and she was not so familiar with it, so she called a reproductive endocrinologist. He was not positive at all and said that it most likely woulnd't work.

I am still going to try and am hoping that I will have a good result. I breastfeed our first child about four years ago and am hoping that my body "remembers how". It would be great if I could hear from someone who has done the accelerated protocol successfully.

Posted by: Claudia

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/14/11 01:51 AM

Hi Jolynn,

The accelerated protocol does work. It takes commitment. Do you have the Dom and birth control pills to start?
Posted by: jenmarko

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/14/11 05:52 AM

I did the regular protocol and got a full supply. I have heard from others who did the accelerated protocol and had success too. You need to start on the dom and bcp's right away.
Jennifer
Posted by: Jolynn

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/14/11 12:26 PM

I will pick them up from the pharmacy today. I will keep posting as I go along with any questions. Thank you for the quick response.
Posted by: Jolynn

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/14/11 12:28 PM

Thanks for the reference to the success stories. It is just so disheartening when the "professional" says that it won't work. Your response really helped emotionally.
Posted by: doulagirl

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/15/11 01:11 AM

Jolynn,
Good luck with your adoption and doing the accelerated protocol. My husband and I are waiting to be chosen by a birthmom. I am excited for you that you have been matched! Best wishes!

Kim
Posted by: jenmarko

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/15/11 09:44 PM

You do need to remember that success can mean different things. Some people may get a half supply and have to supplement some. Any bm you give will benefit your child. Also, remember it doesn't come in like a child you gave birth too. The supply builds slowly. So you may not have enough right away, but that doesn't mean you never will.
Jennifer
Posted by: Jolynn

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/25/11 11:13 PM

Thank you all for the support. Kim, we will keep you and your husband in our prayers!

I am 11 days into the accelerated protocol and I am very hopeful; we pray for success in this every night. I will continue to keep you updated.

Jennifer, thanks for the varying view of success. Ideally a full supply would be the goal, but I will be happy with any amount of BM that I can give. I also want to use the nursing time to bond with the baby because there is nothing that I know of that is a more intimate bond with a baby than nursing.

Any thoughts on supplemental feeding devices (the kind that have the baby at the breast but use a bag and tube). Also do you think that the Medela Pump in Style is up to the task or is there a better one to try?
Posted by: jenmarko

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 09/26/11 05:04 AM

I did not have success with a supplemental feeding system. I tried it and it was complicated, so I just focused on pumping and bottle supplemented when needed. But I have heard the lactaid is the way to go.

I liked the pump in style. I also had the Lymrick PJ's comfort and I liked that too.

Jennifer
Posted by: Mama2b

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 10/07/11 01:47 PM

I did have success with the Lact-Aid system, but not at first. It takes patience or at least with my ds it did (not to mention me LOL).

Like Jennifer, I also used the Pump in Style and the Limerick PJ Comfort Breast Pump. I loved the Limerick, it was just more comfortable for me. Keep in mind, you need to do what will work the best for you.

Adoptive breastfeeding was not as easy as I thought it would be, but I did breastfeed my ds and I am delighted that I got to. smile

It is work, but well worth the effort! I am so thankful I did it! smile

Posted by: Linda

Re: Has anyone done the acclerated protocol?? - 10/08/11 11:53 PM

Hi Joylnn,

I started the AP when DD was 9 days old, we had no advance notice at all ( that's another story in itself!) and I stayed BCP for 30 days. I used SNS from day one, trying to keep her at the breast. It worked but I was very frustrated. I found out about this forum and got bumped up to high speed internet and found lact aid. SUCH a difference, MUCH better. It wasn't too hard for me to get use to, there are some tricks like taping the tube on to the nipple ( I used a band aid) and or putting the milk bag in your bra instead of hanging it etc.

I had drops at day 31. I didn't know at that time that BF an adopted baby would feel any different than my bio children with whom I had an abundance.

I too prayed that God would grant me this gift of BF and he did! I was able to provide 90% of her milk needs. We found out at 11 months that she was lactose intolerant,I had no idea.
If it had been up to her, she would have nursed forever ( she is 3 1/2 now. Still asks about my num nums. : )

It totally can be done. I agree with Jen though, any BM is great and the bond is totally worth the time and effort you put into it.
There are alot of gals here that are happy to share their experiences.
hope to hear updates as you go along