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    Unhappy relactating 16-week-old girl

    dear all,
    when my baby was about 6 or 7 weeks her pediatrician told us that giving her 1 or 2 bottles a day would maybe help her sleep better. It actually didn´t work
    Now, 10 weeks later, I'm back to work, and I left some of my milk in the freezer and I try to pump all I can, however, she's used to the speed of the bottle and refuses to breastfeed. I don´t know what to do... it is very frustrating.
    because of my job, I will be able to stay with her for the next 2 months and I want to try to avoid the bottle. How can I "force" her to breastfeed and not refuse my breast??
    thanks!

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    Default Re: relactating 16-week-old girl

    hi laurins. Babies can and have been brought back to the breast and moms can and do increase milk production/relactate. it is not usually easy but in many cases, it can be done.

    This is the best article I know of about how to get a baby back to breastfeeding. http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-...ack-to-breast/ I am not sure if at this point, your baby nurses at all or if she is exclusively bottle fed, but that article would be the place to start in either situation.

    I am unclear if you currently make enough milk for baby or not? If not, then you will continue to need to supplement even if baby nurses until you do. In a situation like this where you have two months where you can be home with baby and nurse as much as she likes, I would suggest a lactation aid for delivering needed supplements while baby nurses. Here is more info: http://www.motheringfromtheheart.com/Lactationaid.htm and https://www.facebook.com/DrJackNewma...21424024675318 and http://www.cwgenna.com/smartnothard.html

    As long as baby needs bottles, you can slow down the feedings by using paced bottle feeding technique to help prevent or at least no longer reinforce the flow issues that may be causing baby to refuse to nurse. More: https://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000...astfedbaby.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs

    to increase production the most vital thing is to have milk removed from the breasts frequently. This can be by baby nursing, pumping, or hand expression or any combo. The key to increasing milk production is frequent and effective milk removal. More: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/low-supply/

    To increase milk flow once baby is latched and nursing, you can try breast compressions: http://www.lowmilksupply.org/compression.shtml

    I also suggest the book Making More Milk.

    If you feel you have a spare moment at some point, maybe consider writing a letter to the pediatrician who gave you poor advice and apparently undermined your ability to breastfeed your child. Babies sleep in frequent, short stretches because they are babies and that is how babies normally sleep. No baby needs a bottle unless they cannot gain normally breastfed or because they are separated from mom. But bottle use and pumping when it is not needed or done incorrectly can lead to many breastfeeding issues including breast refusal.
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; June 15th, 2017 at 11:08 PM.

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    Default Re: relactating 16-week-old girl

    thanks a lot

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