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    Default 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Hi ladies,

    I have found great information here on LLI. I am a first time mommy and unfortunately did not recieve much support from friends and family for breastfeeding. My first mistake was not making a firm commitment and getting educated before my DD birth. At the hospital I felt overwhelmed and bombared with the experience. Instead of providing a warm, quiet environment to learn it was busy, chaotic and I was told that my inverted nipples were a problem. I felt very self concious that my boobs were not right for breastfeeding. My daughter was jaundice within hours of birth so they formula fed her.

    Anyway long story short, I have a 6 month old DD who has been sick multiple times, has reflux, and is on a special formula. I feel guilty for not taking the time or hiring a LC to help me out in the early days. My husband said it is my choice so he didn't mind me not BF and giving her formula.

    Well now with all this guilt and my ultimate desire to feed my baby the food that I can naturally produce and share a bond with her I was so happy to find out that I can relactate (or at least that it is possible)! Although I am nervous to mention it to my husband, I'm afraid of his reaction.

    I purchased a Medela PIS Advance and it should be here tomorrow. I've already started hand expressing all day today, every two hours for 15 minutes using Marmet's technique. I will go buy the fenugreek (sp?) pills and start taking them. This morning I fed DD her bottle but I had her against my bare breast. I offered her the nipple for sucking but she BIT me! She has two bottom teeth and loves to use them! That was a bit discouraging!

    I am a full time working mom so I will probably end up pumping alot. I would like to nurse her in the morning and at night. How do I mix the breast milk and formula? Do I give them in separate bottles if she is not nursing? What do you recommend?

    Any other ideas would help. I'm so glad that I can get milk back, I didn't know it was possible. Right now I have no milk but I'm confident that I can do it! I'm looking for alot of support in my journey!

    Deena

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    I'm sorry that I have no answers for you, as I've never been in your situation. However, I wanted to say welcome to you, and that you are doing a wonderful thing! It sounds like you have a lot of drive to succeed. I hope you find a second home here among us.
    “Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her.” - Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Okay so I broke down in tears last night to DH. It turns out he is in FULL support of my relactation process! I am so excited and happy! Now that I have his support I'm going to look for my local LLL and see about visiting a relactation specialist.

    I fed my daughter this morning by bottle next to my bare breast. I put some of the formula on my nipple and tried to get her to nurse but she just smiled at me and pushed my breast away and eagerly took her bottle instead. But I'm not going to give up! My goal is to nurse her twice a day, once in the morning once at night and inbetween she has to take a bottle at daycare.

    Any other helpful hints would be great! My pump is on the way today, I just checked UPS and it is out for delivery! I can't wait! I'm lucky that I work from home (although I can't care for my daughter all day due to the type of work I do on the phone all the time) so I can at least pump several times during the day while working (in between calls) to work on my relactation.

    Thanks ladies!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Have you checked out the resources listed in the sticky on the top of this forum? There is a lot of information in those links on getting started with relactation.

    It will most likely take some time and patience to get your baby back to the breast. Try not to be discouraged by her biting you. Even exclusively breastfed 6 months old sometimes do that!

    Some ideas for you:

    *Give her lots of skin to skin contact. Bottle feeding her next to your bare chest is a great way to start...good for you! You might also try wearing her in a sling or other soft carrier. A carrier that allows for hands-free breastfeeding is ideal.

    *Offer the breast before baby is ravinously hungry. You want her to be able to practice latching on without getting too frustrated. Another idea could be to try breastfeeding after she is done with her bottle/

    *Offer the breast when baby is very sleepy or already asleep. Bringing baby to bed with you at night is a great way to make this happen.

    *Take a warm bath or shower with your baby. This offers a relaxing environment, and increases skin to skin contact as well.

    *Try feeding baby her formula in an SNS (supplemental nursing system). This device allows baby to get the instant gratification of formula while breastfeeding at the same time. It can be an effective way of getting baby back to the breast and also helps to build mothers milk supply.

    HTH. Keep us posted!

    Tiana

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Thank you ladies for all the great advice!
    Thanks Tiana for all the great advice as well. I did read all of the information in the sticky before I posted here, I really am just looking for support and any other tricks of the trade.

    I will have to say, I went in to pick up Sarah this morning and I was bare breasted. I picked her up and held her close to me and she was already in suckling mode! She turned her head and LATCHED ON to my bare breast! She did a good job too, it did not hurt and she was actively sucking. It didn't take long though for her to figure out that nothing was coming out. I ordered an SNS system on eBay and can't wait for it to arrive! That is such a great sign that she latched on! She did it by herself! No biting either!

    Now I did try to hold her after she ate and she wanted nothing to do with it. She cries if she is in a sling or carrier. She is very independent and wants to play and crawl now.

    I will definately try more skin to skin contact with her, as much as I can get!

    I found a place here in town that rents hospital grade pumps, so I'm going to check them out on Monday (they are closed on weekends).

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    You're welcome, Deena!

    Do you have a local LLL leader or lactation consultant (IBCLC) available to you? It would be good if someone could help you as you get used to using the SNS. An IBCLC would also be able to talk you through herbal or prescription options for restarting your milk supply.

    Keep us posted!

    Tiana

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Congrats on your little success! I have been EP for 7 months for my LO. I so wish he would just BF! My life would be so much easier. I keep working with him and sometimes he latches and sucks well but other times he simply wants the bottle .


    Good luck in your relactation process. I started with a very low supply and was able to build my supply up for DS to have only BM! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there trying to get an older baby to BF.

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Thanks ladies! Well no success as of late. But I have been taking a bath with her to get that skin to skin contact, she really enjoyed it we played for a long time with her rubby ducky! She also wanted to lean against me while she played. Also she had a reflux episode last night so she needed lots of hugs so I dressed her down to her diaper and I was bare as well and I rocked her and she just layed very calmly on my chest sucking her thumb. She NEVER lays on my chest like that or lets me hold her so close. She is so independent, so that was HUGE! I notice that she is different with me now, she's always wanting to touch my face and hands and arms, anywhere I have exposed skin and she likes to smell me.

    It makes me feel so good that I could calm her with my cuddles during her time of pain. In the past it is just screaming and screaming and pushing away. I felt so good being able to comfort her with lots of skin to skin contact.

    I've rented a Medela Lactina pump from the hospital. So far I'm up to 6 pumps a day for 15 minutes. I couldn't bring myself to get up in the middle of the night to pump last night. I set my alarm but went right back to sleep! AHHH. I wanted the symphony pump but they were out so I'm on a waiting list for it. I also meet with a Dr. who is also a LC and is the HEAD of the LC chapter here in Memphis, on thursday. She is a specialist in re-lactation so I hope she can help.

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    Whoops, didn't finish my post! So I also ordered some domperidone (sp?) so it is on its way. I'm hoping that it will help. I'm taking Fenugreek and Blessed thistle right now. Okay well that is all for now! thanks so much for the support!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - wanting to relactate first time mommy

    It sounds like things are going really well so far. Keep up the good work, mama, and let us know how things go with the LC.

    Tiana

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