I am still amazed by the fact that it is possible to relactate. I had my baby exactly 3 months ago and I quit breastfeeding the first week because he wouldn't latch on and I was not sure I could exclusively pump because I also have a 3 year old to take care of. Well, my 3 month old is a very easy baby and my 3 year old is growing fast too. So yesterday, I don't remember how I came across information on breastfeeding adoptive babies and from that point I ended up reading about relactating. If I had known this sooner...
I have a few questions:
- I already got my period back. Is this something that could affect my success of getting the milk back?
- If I get the milk back, will my period go away again?
- Is relactating something "natural". For some reason I am afraid of doing sometehing that might not be good for my body. It seems to me a little bit "unnatural" to induce milk production without being pregnant right before breastfeeding. From a physiological point of view, I'm afraid of hurting my body, screw up my hormones, etc.
- For those that decided to relactate after more than 3 months, how did you explain this to friends and family. I mean, I made a comment to DH, saying that it was possible to relactate and he thought it was interesting but if I tell him that I am considering it, he will definitely think that I lost my mind. Needless to say I don't know how I will tell the rest of the family or friends. I think that they will think that I went nuts. I would even be embarrased of telling my OB. Why do I feel this way??
- Can I produce milk just by pumping full time? I would be happy with just pumping. I have flat nipples so I don't think breastfeeding would work. (I tried with my two kids, ended up exclusively pumping with the first one and bottle feeding with the second one, the one that is three month old right now).
Those are my questions for now. Thank you so much!