Transition from breast milk in bottle to breast
When my son was born, I had flat nipples and my son could not latch on. Consequetly, I began pumping as soon as I got home from the hospital, I was released 24 hours after he was born. I already had a breast pump b/c I was planning on going back to work when he was 6 weeks old and b/c I knew I would be pumping I didn't try as hard as I should to make him learn. He is now 4 1/2 months old and my supply is starting to go down. He is getting about half breast milk and half diluted formula. I have to make it 1/2 strength or it seems to be too strong and makes him vomit plus it makes it more like the consistancy of breast milk. Since my supply has went down, I am currently wondering if there is a way to teach him to breastfeed at such a late age. I think this could help my milk supply to possibly come back in as full as it should. I have tried a few times to get him to, and it seems as if he can latch on but I can only do this when he is not hungry or else he gets so upset and frustrated that no good is accomplished. But, since he is not very hungry he does not attmpt it for very long before he just wants to play. How do I go about teaching him that the breast means food time like the bottle and not play time. If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. My family seems to think I should just give up, they say "he's had breastmilk this long its better than nothing" but I wanted him to recieve breastmilk for one full year and I am determined not to give up.
Re: Transition from breast milk in bottle to breast
It is possible to help your baby return to the breast. :) This can take time, though, and it would help you tremendously to have local support. Please call your local LLL Leader or IBCLC for guidance through this transition. Below, you'll find some helpful information:
This is NOT a LLL resource, but you might find the info helpful:
About diluting infant formula, this is not a recommended practice as doing so (obviously) decreases the nutrients baby is taking in, and can imbalance baby's salts, which can lead to serious health problems. LLL Leaders are NOT medical professionals, and we also are not experts on infant formula. Please refer to your doctor or other health care professional for advice on mixing formula. In the meanwhile, you might find the following resource helpful. Note that it is NOT a LLL resource: