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    Default Breastfeeding after stopping for one month???

    Hi Ladies.

    I was curious if you can start breastfeeding after stopping for a month. I do not think my milk supply has completely dried up, but will definitely take some work to build back up ...if possible.

    I really need some advice on the best ways to approach this.

    We believe that our baby girl who is 4months has outgrown some sensitive tummy issues which caused me to stop in the first place, since we could not find anything in my diet that was causing her harm.

    I started today taking fenugreek, and thought I should probably start pumping again.

    I was not sure if it is just too late, or if you ladies have some ideas, b/c I would really love to start breast feeding again. I really miss it

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding after stopping for one month???

    Welcome! It's definitely not too late. Many moms relactate, and many start from zero milk supply so you're actually ahead of the game if you have some milk!

    Here's what you want to do:
    1. Start putting the baby to the breast. If she will nurse, let her. A suckling baby is a great way to increase supply, and the more time the baby spends at the breast the more likely it is that she'll be able to transition back to nursing.
    2. If the baby won't take the breast, try the tips here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    3. Pump as often as possible, using a high-quality pump. I personally suggest pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night using a hospital-grade pump. The more you pump, the faster the relactation process will go.
    4. Herbs: fenugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all useful.
    5. Drugs: Reglan and Domperidone are used off-label to increase milk supply. Talk to your midwife or doctor before using either one.
    6. Develop a breastfeeding-friendly bottle style: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
    7. As your milk supply comes back, wean from formula using the tips here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

    ETA: Many moms here have struggled with various allergy/intolerance issues, so this is a terrific place to get advice on how to handle those problems. Check out the allergy forum further down the page!
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