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!