I am new to here and this forum so I apologize if this question has already been asked. However here is my story. I BF'd my daughter for 2 months give or take a couple weeks and I hit a weak spot and started feeling self conscious that I didn't know what I was doing because it seemed so hard to me so I quit. I put my daughter on formula and turns out she has what I think is a milk allergy. The doctors don't think so and they just made me switch to different formulas but I don't think it has helped much. Basically she is absolutely miserable and I feel like it was all my fault, like if I had kept BFing then she would be a pretty happy baby. Also, I regret it because even though it came hard to me, after a month or two of a break I started to miss it and the bond. My daughter is now 6 months old and I have decided that I want to try and BF again. I feel like it can really help both of us out because she just seems to hate formula. I just have a few questions, I have been reading many posts on different websites about it but I am just so lost and feeling doubtful even though I want this more than anything.
My questions consist:
1. Do I absolutely need a pump to relactate? I mean, I don't have one nor do I have the money for one and since my husband just found a new job we won't have insurance for a few months so basically getting a pump is out of the question. Is it possible to produce milk after completely drying up without pumping?
2. I know that baby simulation is a big factor, however, my baby doesn't want anything to do with my breasts. She knows its not her bottle and knows food doesn't come out of it so she doesn't want it, how can I get her to latch onto my breast without having any milk. (I also do not have money to buy a sns device) I think that it'll be easier once the milk comes in because she might realize that my breast is a way of getting food too, but until I get milk i don't know how to get her to latch
3. What do I need to do (without a pump and baby suckling) to get a milk supply the fastest. Since she is already 6 months old I don't want to waste much time before she gets too old. What can I do? Can i build a milk supply with just supplements?
4. Any help on what to do!!! Thank you so much!!