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    Default Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    I have read some truly inspirational threads on here whilst researchiing my quest and wondered if I could have support on my journey?

    My situation is this :

    DD is 12 weeks old. I breastfed her exclusively for 8 weeks when she began getting very fussy at the breast. I gradually started supplementing a bit and before I knew it she was refusing the breast. I didnt feed for 2 days then got help from a breastfeeding counsellor and we got back to full breastfeeding (great!!)

    Then two saturdays ago she refused again all of a sudden and i didnt have enough in me to fight it again and started giving her bottles. i still try and latch her very often and she just wont feed - if i manage to get her on she nipple sucks (so used to sucking bottle i reckon)

    i was expressing here and there and giving her what i could but using alot of formula too.

    I cant shake the feeling of regret and guilt so i have hired a hospital grade pump (waiting for it to arrive today)

    i want to at least offer her most of her feeds as EBM and if at all possible get back to nursing her.

    I successfully latched her yesterday using a nipple shield for the first time but she stayed on for only 30 seconds.

    Most of the time even ptting her in position causes her to cry.

    can anyone guide me ?

    at the moment using my medela mini electric pump i get about 2oz out so milk is still there - how do i go about raising my supply so that i can meet her demands?

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    awe she's young yet there is much hope you can get her back to the breast.
    Some babies it just takes longer to coax back.
    She'll get it...
    heres some info for you:
    Don't be afriad to call your local leader also she can help beter over the phone then we can on-line
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/ma...pply-pump.html

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    You are on your way with the hospital grade pump. Keep coaxing her to nurse and try to stay as calm and relaxed about it as you can! Keep posting and we will cheer you on!

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    keep at it mama!

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    Im LOVING the medela symphony! Ive been on it 3 times since it came at 3pm and have 12oz!!!

    If I dont have enough yet to offer full feeds as breastmilk.........

    Is it best to put SOME breast milk in EVERY feed and mix with formula or give full formula/full EBM feeds

    Also wondering how to conveniently do breastmilk bottle night feeds easily?

    I am finding myself less and less inclined to try and latch her, she gets so cross so quickly, it really upsets her. im just not sure how best to do this.

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    Wow! It doesn't sound like it will take you long to have a full milk supply. You can mix formula and breastmilk. It doesn't hurt anything, but I always wanted my lo to get as much breastmilk and as little formula as possible. So, I would feed bm first and then "refill" the bottle or sns with formula to top him off.

    There are many women who exclusively pump. That is certainly a choice. It took me a lot of work to get my son back to the breast, but I am glad that I did. I about went crazy pumping all the time.

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    So great to hear that the Symphony is making a difference for you!

    Here is some great information about getting baby back to the breast:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/back.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVDecJan03p123.html

    And here is some information about increasing/maintaining milk production when baby isn't nursing:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...roduction.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/ma...pply-pump.html

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    to you, mama! I know exactly what you are going through right now! DD and I struggled for eight weeks with all the same things before I switched over to all formula I am still very sad about that. Just wanted to let you know that you are doing a great job. Don't give up. The ladies on here give great advice.

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    Ohh wow - I'm going through something very similar. You definitely have my support, and I think you are getting great advice from the others so far.

    Some things that might help are to take warm baths with your LO and do LOTS of skin to skin. You may also want to invest in a supplementer.
    Pump 8-10 times a day with your hospital grade. That will be crucial in getting your supply back up.
    Drink so much water you can't stand it.
    Oatmeal helps increase a low supply to some degree. There are herbal supplements and prescription drugs (called galactagogues) which can really get things going. Herbal stuff is very inexpensive and easy to obtain. I am taking fenugreek, which you can get anywhere herbs are sold. I'd do some research about all of it before you go taking anything though (especially if you have any kind of diabetes or migraines). Here's a good link:
    http://www.lowmilksupply.org/increas...tagogues.shtml

    Eventually you may just have to do away with bottles completely to get her to take the breast. I know it sounds harsh but it has worked for us switching bottles, and now that I've done it I can see there was no other possible way for us. I am using an Adiri Natural Nurser which is shaped like a breast. My 8 month old is learning to latch again with these bottles. I hope to get her back to the breast soon by giving her only that option.

    I have said it before and I'll say it again until I meet my grave - BOTTLES AND ARTIFICIAL NIPPLES ARE THE ENEMY OF BREASTFEEDING. I wish so much that these things weren't an option in the beginning of my BFing relationship with my LO. Yours is so young still. I know you can do this!!!

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    Default Re: Relactating!! Can I have some support please?

    Quote Originally Posted by a_hex View Post
    Drink so much water you can't stand it.
    Actually, Hillary Jacobson says that this can lower supply in some women. Drink to thirst or 8-10 cups per day if you tend to ignore thirst. But excess water can lead to supply issues, too.

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