I am seeking words of encouragement or advice for my cousin.
She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in mid-October. She had issues from the beginning with breastfeeding and getting him to latch and stay latched. She felt he wasn’t getting enough and started supplementing-----so to make a long story short…now he is completely formula fed.
I went over to see her a few weeks ago and she seemed pretty bummed when she told me nursing didn’t work out. She really expressed WANTING to breastfeed for all the benefits and like any good momma, she wants to do what is best for her little guy.
I totally empathesized with her…. I had a great homebirth experience but had to fight like hell to establish a good nursing relationship with my son. He was a lazy, sleepy, nurser which caused me to basically lose my supply. Then we had to use an SNS for a couple months.
Luckily I had a midwife who has been involved with La Leche League longer than I have been alive and several mom friends I could call upon for help. NOW, almost 1, he loves boobies so much he nearly hyperventilates when I ask him if he wants to “snuggle.” ) Okay, enough about me! Back to my cousin! I just thought nursing would be SO easy-so when I hear about other women’s struggles I get really sympathetic!
So anyway I mentioned that she could always start back up again if she wished. She was blown away by the notion of relactation and was really encouraged by the idea that her sweet baby could still get ‘liquid gold’ from her.
I have no experience with relactation but told her she should start pumping every 2 hours for about 20 minutes (or work up to that.) Hopefully that was right?
I’m guessing it might take up to a week for her to even begin to produce again?
Ideally she would like for him to be able to nurse but would be very satisfied if she is able to at least pump some of his feedings.
Anyway I am just seeking out words of encouragement, advice or stories of similar situations.
Then, I’m going to print out any responses and take them over to her with a nice hot meal!
Thanks in advance!