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    Default Relacating or increasing supply at 3 months

    Hi there,
    I am new to this site so . apologize if I am posting in the wrong area. My son is 3 months. He was never breastfed due to not having support! i pumped at the begining but gave up quickly. I deeply reget thisdecision. I want to breastfeed. I tried relatching him but he wouldn't go for it. He dreamfed once from my breast but I wasnt producing. I recently bought a medela swing. And a mipump from the firstyears. I am producing about . tenth of an ounce. It's depressing but i will not give up hope and i am hoping if i pump more frequently i can produce more. Do you have any suggestions on how i should go about this? Should i keep trying him on the breast? He gets quite frustrated. How often should i pump? I cant afford to a better pump but i think i may. Be be able to achieve my goal with the pumps I hhave. What do you think? Any suggestions would be appreciated.thank you

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    Default Re: Relacating or increasing supply at 3 months

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*santanna View Post
    Hi there,
    I am new to this site so . apologize if I am posting in the wrong area. My son is 3 months. He was never breastfed due to not having support! i pumped at the begining but gave up quickly. I deeply reget thisdecision. I want to breastfeed. I tried relatching him but he wouldn't go for it. He dreamfed once from my breast but I wasnt producing. I recently bought a medela swing. And a mipump from the firstyears. I am producing about . tenth of an ounce. It's depressing but i will not give up hope and i am hoping if i pump more frequently i can produce more. Do you have any suggestions on how i should go about this? Should i keep trying him on the breast? He gets quite frustrated. How often should i pump? I cant afford to a better pump but i think i may. Be be able to achieve my goal with the pumps I hhave. What do you think? Any suggestions would be appreciated.thank you
    Pump lots, like every 2-3 hours around the clock if you can.
    Put baby to the breast but don't force it since you don't want to cause an aversion to the breast.
    look into getting a lactation aid
    http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com...ing-system-sns
    so you can actually feed baby at the breast and you may need some support from a LC.
    Some of the more experienced ladies will likely have more advice and links to help you get baby back to the breast.

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    Default Re: Relacating or increasing supply at 3 months

    Hello! I am relocating for my son at the moment so I understand some of what you are experiencing.

    I have a hospital grade pump that I am renting and it has been helpful in raising my supply. My routine has been massage, using the pump between 15 - 30 mins then hand expressing until all drips have stopped, I do this roughly every two hours a day although I have not expressed overnight which would give you a bigger boost. Also been power pumping a couple of times a day. That has helped to increase my milk production quite quickly however I did feed for 15 weeks and then stopped for 6 so that may account for my supply coming up reasonably quickly.

    I have also been taking a variety of supplements to help and have had oats every day too. The KellyMom website has a lot of information on how to increase supply and to encourage baby to feed so well worth having a look through those resources. Lots of skin to skin helps and being as relaxed as possible. I express while cuddling my DS and I think that has really helped my hormones too.

    There is a relactation board on here where a couple of us are actively trying to get our babies back to the breast. It is challenging and emotional however well worth all the effort!

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    Default Re: Relacating or increasing supply at 3 months

    I'm actually in the process too, I have found in the last 2 days that if you feed half he bottle then try to put baby to breast its not as frustrating or if you give a pacifier instead of doing that try the breast. I have a nipple shield that we tried when she was in the NICU she starts on that and after a few mins I take it away and she will relatch herself. Its hard to get them back to the breast when they haven't done it and the milk flows so easy from a bottle and they aren't used to working for food especially if you don't have much to offer. I didn't have a hospital pump at first and was still able to get the milk in. I did however go to the DR and get a prescription to help bring the milk in faster. I've finally made it to 2 ounces today and I still have one more pump to get in before the 24 hours are up and baby latched for 2 feedings!! of course she was still hungry afterwards but I was happy that I didn't need to pump for a long time after she tried to eat.

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    Default Re: Relacating or increasing supply at 3 months

    Here's the link about getting baby back to the breast: http://kellymom.com/category/ages/adopt-relactate/
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