My son is 10 months old, and I have had to pump since he was 2 weeks old., I had a bad yeast infection post abx(long story), and the nipples were rather bloody/swollen. I thought I could pump for a couple of weeks and let it heal, but it never did. I kept giving him the breast a twice a week hoping he wouldn't loose the instinct, but he did at 9 months.
I know it sounds a bit crazy, but I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on how i could get him to maybe restart breastfeeding? I would be so better for him at nights, since he wouldn't have to wait for me to warm him milk up. And I never got to share that intimacy with him, that mother/baby bond that I see babies have when breastfeeding.
I tired a la leche league mtg, but it was hard sitting there watching women feed and I had to get my bottle out. I kinda gave up on this many months ago, but a part of me wants to try just one more time. I am not sure if I will have any more kids, so if anyone has any ideas, I would greatly greatly appreciate them.
Re: Late Starter?
There was an article in a recent issue of New Beginnings (the LLL magazine) about a woman who taught her adopted baby to nurse. The baby was I believe around a year old when adopted. It did take her a LONG time and a lot of effort, but the baby did learn to nurse for comfort and for a little milk. Maybe you could call your LLL leader and ask if she can find it. (I looked for it but couldn't find it.:o ). LLL leaders can also provide phone help if you'd prefer not to go to the meeting. You can also try contacting an IBCLC (lactation consultant).
Re: Late Starter?
Is this the article you were thinking about? Adoptive Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Or was it more like a mother's story than an article?
Aidster, maybe there's something in the above article that will help? Or this one?
My newborn has never really gotten the hang of nursing. How can I get him back to the breast?