Re: can i still breastfeed
You sound very committed to wanting to get baby back to the breast fulltime AND it's awesome that baby still likes to breastfeed. Good for you for keeping it up!
YES, you most certainly CAN get your milk supply back. Since your baby is mostly formula fed (I'm assuming that's what is in the bottles and not expresses BM.), you'll have to gradually decrease the bottles as your supply comes back up.
Putting baby to the breast as often as possible is the key to making more milk. It's supply and demand, and your body will respond. It will just take time. You can also pump, which can help bring up the supply. Have you thought about using a supplemental nursing system, which is where the baby can be at the breast while receiving formula and/or expressed BM supplements. That way, baby is getting fed (and only associates being at the breast with food!) and your body is getting the stimulation to up the milk supply.
Hopefully some of the leaders will chime in here soon. I'd recommend hooking up with a local leaders and/or a lactation consultant. They can help you monitor baby's progress as you gradually replace the formula and bottle with exclusive BFing.
Mom to Laura (3/1/06)