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Thread: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

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    Wink Re: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

    Quote Originally Posted by heartsickmom
    Start by increasing your pumping schedule the more you pump the more you will get. I gave up after the first four weeks and I started back when my daughter was seven months old. We now breastfed and she is getting 16ozs a day of breastmilk. It should be even easier for you since it hasnt been that long since you stopped. You can also try a supplemental nurser system which gives her formula while you get her use to your breast again and bring up your supply. It worked great for me since it was a struggle to get my daughter back to my breast after so long. Good luck and dont give up!
    That is unbelievable!!!! I am just visiting my gp today. My lactation consultant advised me to try reglan a perscription to acheive relactation my daughter is 6 months old and has been off the breast for 4 months. I am so excited to give it a try. I exclusively breastfed my 3 year old until she weaned herself at 8 to 9 months. I regret stopping with my new little girl but had no choice in the matter. When she was 10 days old she had menengitis viral not bacterial and she was in the hospital for 4 days. She was fed formula at night. It was then that the drop in milk supply started. Then the week before her hospital visit she was in the hospital with me as I had 104 fever and they thought I had a uterine infection. So my darling fiancee would let me sleep through the night while he fed her formula. So actually that is when it started. It had turned out I had the same strain of virus that put her in the hospital the next weekend. Anyhow I see that you gave up after 4 weeks and then started when your baby was 7 months that is so encouraging!!!!!I am so excited and will let you guys know what happens! My name is Jenn by the way nice to meet all of you!

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    Default Re: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

    hi sabrina! i'm really just repeating what everyone else said but it NOT too late. i started nursing my daughter again when she was 7 1/2 months old. it took a lot of patience but she is now almost 1 and i don't see an end in sight. good luck=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLLArlene
    Hi, Sabrina,
    I think it's wonderful that you want to relactate. And it is absolutely not too late. It will take some persistance and dedication on your part, but you can do it. I have worked with several mothers who have relactated, including one who hadn't breastfed in 4 months! When she first started the process, her baby was aggressively fighting the breast. She was able to get back to the point where she was fully breastfeeding. When my co-leaders and I asked her what was the single most important thing she did to help her relactate, she said "skin to skin contact." She would pull all the shades down in her house and just hang out with the baby-- skin to skin. In that way, the baby got used to the smell and feel of mom and mom's breasts. Even when she wasn't offerring the breast, she held the baby so her breast was a "pillow." She credits that with stimulating her milk supply and encouraging the baby to take the breast. There is research that supports this notion.

    You did not mention whether or not the baby will accept the breast in her mouth at this point. If not, don't despair. Many moms/babies are able to, with love and persistence, progress from the point where the baby is agressively fighting the breast, to where the baby will accept the breast in his mouth but not suck, to finally baby will suck on the breast. Where you are in that continuum will determine what your first steps are. The most important thing is to keep all experiences at the breast positive! If you find you or the baby is getting upset and frustrated, take a break.

    Many mothers in your position find the use of a lactation aid helpful. Are you familiar with that? A lactation aidis a way to deliver supplement to the baby without a bottle. The way it works is this: there is a container into which you put the supplement (expressed breastmilk or formula). It hangs around your neck or clips to your shoulder. There are two very thin tubes that come out the bottom. You arrange it so the ends of the tube are right at your nipple. The baby will have the tip of the tube in his mouth while sucking, thereby getting the supplement. The benefits of this are: 1) baby gets used to the taste and feel of the breast in his/her mouth; 2) baby will suck longer and more vigorously at the breast than he/she otherwise would, because he/she is getting rewarded for his/her efforts; 3) there is reduced or eliminated need for the bottle, so there is less risk that the baby will reject the breast for the bottle.

    Keep in mind that breastfeeding is a supply and demand relationship. The more you can get the baby to demand (suck) the more supply you will have. The message that the brain needs to "hear" in order to make more milk is: baby sucking on an empty breast. Problem is, many babies who are not used to breastfeeding are not really willing to suck on an empty breast. With the lactation aid, many mothers are able to encourage their baby to suck on their "empty" breast, which sends that message to the brain to "Make More Milk!"

    I hope that you will contact a LLL Leader locally who will help you through the process. She will be able to help you with the details, and also to encourage you and buck you up when you are feeling discouraged.

    Best of luck and good for you for being willing to do this for your baby. She is lucky to have such a dedicated mom!

    ~Arlene
    Wow, this post has made my night, thanks so much.
    I have not breastfed my 10 month old son for 2 months. I did it for 8 months and he went on a nursing strike, among many other issues and so I gave up, but I am ready to try again. I am currently (as of today) taking Fenugreek and the mother's milk herbal tea. Still looking for the Blessed Thistle locally here though.
    Today I went to the hospital and rented the big nice double breast pump.
    I'm eating oatmeal and drinking water, and doing everything I can to get this going again. I'm excited but nervous too. My hubby is on his way home from the middle east and he will be back on March 11th. I also have a 3 year old daughter to take care of. So the next two weeks are going to be hard to just lay around naked with the baby, since I have another child to take care of and no one here to help me. But I am going to try anyway.

    My son refuses the breast 100%. IN fact he pushes it away or bites it when I try to give it to him. He has completely forgotten what it is for and how to breastfeed. That part makes me so sad. I am going to get the SNS too to help wean him off the bottle and back to the breast.

    Thanks so much for your advice and your encouraging words and story.
    Mia

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    Smile Re: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinbird
    hi sabrina! i'm really just repeating what everyone else said but it NOT too late. i started nursing my daughter again when she was 7 1/2 months old. it took a lot of patience but she is now almost 1 and i don't see an end in sight. good luck=)
    Wow, how did you do it?

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    Default Re: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

    I agree with the advice you have gotten here. It takes lots of persistence, but there is a good chance you will be successful since it has not been that long.

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    Unhappy Re: *I stopped breastfeeding, Now I want to start back*

    Hi,
    I've been trying to increase my milk supply after weaning my DS. (never gave up the first morning feed but I have very low supply) I was weaning for no reason but selfishness He's 4 months old.
    I was about to give up again, but after reading these posts it made me realize not to give up. I'm looking forward on bf my son full time again. And GOOD LUCK to everyone who's in the process of relactating. And thank you to everyone for their stories. Now I know I'm not alone in this process.
    Sylvie

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