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    Question Is it too late

    I recently had a baby girl that was premature. The first three weeks of her life she was breastfeed milk from a bottle but after awhile the stress took its toll on me and I stopped pumping for her. I want to resume breastfeeding. How would I go about that? I pump every 3 hours but get drops out! So I'm not sure if I should just give up or is there something else I could do? By the way she just turned two months. I do have a hospital grade pump that I am now using so I'm thinking maybe this will help. If you have any information at all that could help me at this time that would be wonderful. thank you

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    It's certainly not too late. Do you want to resume bottle-feeding breast milk, or do you want to get to breastfeeding? Will your daughter latch at all now? (And has she ever latched?) If there is an LC or IBCLC in your area, I would make an appointment.

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    if you have even a little milk you will be able to increase it:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html

    these will help too:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/de...resources.html

    i dont have personal experience with it but those should help.

    goodluck... let us know how it goes

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    Are you familiar www.kellymom.com? It's a great site. Here's a link to all sorts of other links about relactation. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html

    I'm also a big fan of www.drjacknewman.com. He has lots of information sheets and videos about latching and alternative feeding methods.

    Internet resources provide great information, but I do second the idea of making an appointment with an IBCLC. Hands-on help, and a person who can answer questions in person can really be valuable when you're undertaking such an endeavor. I wish you well.
    I breast milk fed my Blossom for fifteen months (after exclusively pumping for thirteen). My Bud (nineteen months) is still nursing directly (after a rough start that included a few months of pumping and supplementing with mommy's milk).

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    Definitely not too late! The following links should be helpful:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html

    Pump as much as you can, as often as you can. When I had supply problems, I pumped for 15-20 minutes every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, and saw good results within a couple of weeks.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    Can you try a SNS? It will help stimulate your milk production and still let your LO get fed at the same time.
    SAHM of Baby Dominic, we

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    You've already gotten fantastic advice, definetly give all her feedings via the supplemental nursing system. Put your baby to the breast every chance you get, it's a lot of work, but your baby will increase your supply like nothing else will. Cosleep so baby can meet all her sucking needs at the breast. Night time nipple stimulation is imperative to boosting supply. Good luck moma....you can do this.

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    Default Re: Is it too late

    Well I never thought I'd be able to post any advice or encouragement for anyone here due to my problems but you know what, it is possible! I bottle fed my boy for 6 weeks thinking that he is unable to breastfeed. I also exclusive pump for my older daughter for 14 months until I completely dried out, all the time believing that she cannot latch on. Now I know the "stupid" one is not him but his mom.

    After 6 weeks, suddenly he just latched on. It was painful the first 2 days and I didn't know what was wrong but after a short break, we went back to the breast. Now he is happily sucking away. I wished I knew it was possible for my 1st child. I wouldn't have dried out then.

    So yes, it's possible. Just keep trying. Now my little one has no problem with nipple confusion, just sometimes he turns his head in the wrong direction when daddy is bottle feeding him, looking for my breast!

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