Re: is it possible to retry breastfeedin
Definitely possible! Lots of mamas have done it. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Put the baby to the breast as much as possible. A nursing baby is great at stimulating increased supply.
- If baby will not nurse, check out this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html.
- If/when baby will nurse, use this link to wean off of formula: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
- Pump, using a high-quality pump with correctly sized shields. Hospital-grade rental is best. If you are trying to get your supply going with a manual pump or cheap electric pump, you are wasting a huge amount of effort by using an underpowered pump.
- Pump frequently. I suggest pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night.
- Try power pumping: pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, pump for 10, rest for 10, and finally pump again for 10 minutes for a total of 30 minutes of pumping in a one-hour period. This type of pump-work is supposed to mimic the way a baby feeds and builds supply during a growth spurt.
- Contact a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC for help getting baby to latch and nurse, for help with pumping, and to help you prevent problems resulting from a poor latch.
- Herbs: fenugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all good for increasing supply.
- Drugs: as a last resort, Reglan and Domperidone are prescription drugs which can increase milk supply as a side-effect. Both have additional side-effects and are not for all moms, so please talk to your health-care provider (probably your midwife or ob) before taking either one.
Good luck and let us know how it goes, and how we can help!
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