Re: Is it possible to BF after bottle feeding/pumpin for mon
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on making this far with pumping! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it to 7 months when the baby isn't nursing.
At 7 months, I don't know if nursing is really "instinctual" anymore. A newborn baby is driven to root, latch, and suck no matter what is being offered- a breast, a bottle, an elbow. Older babies have a much more thoughtful approach- they're not going to latch onto something which they know will not deliver, not unless there's a good reason to do so. I think that the older baby's much more playful, experimental, and cuddly nature is your entry point for getting your baby to nurse. Keep trying skin-to-skin and playful approaches, like nursing in the bath or squirting milk into the baby's mouth. Make it a game and she may decide to play along.
Finally, I think it's wise to keep your expectations realistic. After 4 months of not nursing and breast refusal, I think it would be unusual for the baby to go back to the breast. Possible- my sister went back to nursing after 3 months off- but also unusual.
Let us know if we can help in other ways, mama! Maybe some pumping tips?
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