Re: Relactation after 10 months
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Relactation is absolutely possible. Even a small amount of breastmilk carries health benefits to the child, and producing milk is good for you. Please don't let the naysayers discourage you- what you do with your breasts is YOUR choice, not theirs.
Since you haven't been nursing or pumping for several months, it's probably going to take a while before pumping produces more than a very small amount of milk. But small isn't nothing! Don't get hung up on quantity- breastmilk is good for your baby even in small amounts, and even when it's just a small part of his diet.
In order to relactate, you want to use the best pump possible. What are you using right now, and how old is the pump? Did you buy it new or is it used? If you have anything less than a good double electric pump, you either want to upgrade or consider renting a hospital-grade pump. You also want to make sure that you have correctly sized shields.
Milk supply is created by demand. In order to create more milk, you want to use the pump as if it were a nursing newborn, which means pumping around 8-12 times a day, for around 20 minutes at a time. Don't worry if some days you only manage to get a few sessions in. Some is always better than none, and perfection is something few moms- especially ones with active toddlers- can achieve on a daily basis.
Finally, please do not feel like your nursing journey was a failure. You had a very difficult start and you did your best- that's all any of us can do!!!
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