Re: Relactation with no pump
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What you want to do- relactate without using a pump- is possible. However, there is no herb or supplement that will do the job. Those things are useful in concert with nursing and/or pumping but they won't do anything by themselves. The best way to rebuild supply is to give the breast frequent stimulation, either by having the baby nurse or by pumping with a high-quality pump.
I am sure that sounds discouraging, since your baby won't nurse and you don't have the money for a pump. But you still have options! First, your baby might eventually go back to the breast if you are patient enough. This link has some good tips for making that happen: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ Second- and I would encourage you to pursue both options simultaneously- I would get a pump. If you're in the US and qualify for WIC, you may be able to get a pump from them. If not, call your local La Leche League or go to a meeting and ask if someone has a used pump in good condition that they would be willing to part with. Officially, most pumps are supposed to be single-user medical devices and La Leche League can't get behind them being shared. Unofficially, a lot of used pumps change hands in the parking lot after meetings- and a lightly used pump can be rehabbed to make it an okay choice for a secondary user.
While you are looking for a good pump, I would suggest getting the process started with hand expression and a manual pump (usually costs around $20- less than a can of formula, and only about $5 more than a bottle of herbal supplement). These are generally the least effective techniques for building supply, but they are way better than nothing.
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