Re: help please!
Welcome! How awesome that you are giving relactation a go. I know you are working your rear end off and it has to feel kind of unrewarding when your baby will only latch on in the tub... But you really are way ahead of the game because you still have milk and because your baby will latch. There are moms who start their relactation journeys with fewer factors in their favor.
Okay, here are some things to try:
- If baby will latch on in the tub, spend as much time there as possible. Take 3 baths a day, or more if you can stand it.
- If you are not currently sleeping with your baby, you may want to start. A lot of babies who will not latch on by day will do so at night, when they are sleepy and relaxed.
- Check out these tips on getting baby back to the breast: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html. The instant reward and skin-to-skin techniques are especially useful.
- Pump as much as possible, aiming for at least every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night.
- The Symphony is a good pump and definitely the right class of pump for the job you want to do. But make sure your breast shields are a proper fit, in order to get maximum stimulation from the pump.
- Check out this link on how to drop supplements: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
- Consider using a galactogogue to help you increase supply. Herbs like oatmeal, Fenugreek, and Blessed Thistle are are useful, and can be used without a prescription (be cautious with fenugreek if you have blood sugar issues). There are 2 prescription medications which are often used to increase supply: Reglan and Domperidone. Both can increase milk supply as a side-effect. Discuss use of either medication with your health care provider before taking them.
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