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    Default Breastfeeding strike help????

    Hello I am to Mother of 8.5 month old twins, my daughter has been on strike for about 2 months and my son for 3 weeks. I started back to work when they were 6 months old and my milk supply dropped by over half and then dropped again, I also got my period back after starting work. I am still pumping and taking my supplements in hopes that the babies will go off strike. Now that they are eating solids twice a day and enjoying the fast flow of the bottle, is there any way to get them back to the breast? I have tried while they are sleepy, hungry, in the dark, at night, early am, my son will latch here and there for a minute or so but when the milk doesn't flow like it used to he becomes angry. I was able to get both babies to latch two sundays ago but when the milk didn't flow fast they both bit me. I worked so hard with them and this just breaks my heart. Ive already called my lac consultant a few times and she didn't have anything encouraging to say. Please help, I would like to still breastfeed my babies, is it too late?

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding strike help????

    Babies can and have been brought back to the breast at any age, in some cases even when they never nursed, so I am at a loss why your LC was not encouraging. But look it can take time and it can take work, so you may want to think about how much time and work you want to put into it when there is never any guarantee.

    Can you stop giving bottles in a way where the flow is so fast? Or using an alternate method?

    Also do you think you are figuring out your production problem? A return to work would not typically cause such a sharp decrease unless your pump is not working right or you are not pumping often enough- or both. Could that be the root of it? Something else? Getting your period at this point should not have any big impact on production either. Most moms get their period back while continuing to nurse. if there is a relationship, it might be that your period came back when it did because of the less milk frequent or less effective milk removal, and that would also cause a reduction in production.

    Best article on bringing baby back to the breast: http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-...ack-to-breast/

    Good article on milk production. http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/low-supply/ I also suggest the book Making More Milk.

    Paced bottle feeding: https://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    And videos: with doll - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs with baby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxpIzcitLc8

    Cup feeding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95FUa7_s84

    Nursing strikes are really hard. But there IS hope, for sure.

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    thank you for the advice, I will call my lac consultant again, I try daily to get both babes back to the breast, they just flail and get angry, my daughter is definitely worse and its crazy bc she was a avid nurser and wanted me all the time, the bottles we are using are a stage 1 nipple, so they are a slow flow. I have a very stressful job and a stressful commute and we moved and went through a remodel the same time I was returning to work, that is why my milk went down substantially, my husband is also not very supportive about breastfeeding especially now, he doesnt understand why I'm so avid and trying so hard, I wasn't able to pump as often when I was home after work and on weekends bc my husband was working on the move and I was caring for the twins on my own. I did buy a new pump and stopped using my hospital grade pump around that time, but it was removing the same amount of milk. I also pump longer if its been longer between sessions. I will read the articles you've attached. I talked with my lac consultant last night who also has twins and she said hers stopped at 8 months and suggested I try laying on my side w my son but said my daughter is most likely a lost cause. I have another consult today at 9 with a specialist so I'm hoping she can shed some light on the situation.
    Last edited by @llli*mfiorino; August 9th, 2017 at 09:32 AM.

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