MY son was born April 1st of this year. I am a diabetic, so the moment he was born, he was whisked to NICU. I had time to hold him, but that's all. While in NICU he was given a bottle of formula to raise his blood sugar(the only reason it was low was because the "brilliant" nurses gave me insulin during delivery, even though my blood sugar was a healthy 92). When they brought him to my room, I tried breastfeeding. I tried it over and over and over that day, and all through the night. Toward the end of the night, he was screaming so much, and seemed to be so hungry, that the nurse suggested a bottle. He drank half of it. Later that morning when I went to pick him up from the nursery the nurse there told me that he had had half a bottle. From that point on, he wanted nothing to do with the breast. He'd latch on for a few seconds, then when nothing came out, he'd scream until I gave him a bottle. My original plan was to breastfeed. I had no idea that I needed to tell them not to give him a bottle. So by the time we left the hospital, he wanted nothing but a bottle. To top this off, my milk to about a week and a half to come in.
Of course, I had (and still do) the usual feelings of guilt. Everytime I see someone breastfeed her baby, I want to cry.
Baby is almost six months old now. He's doing very well on formula and gaining weight adequately. We've introduced solids and a little bit of juice. I still feel the feel the sad feelings though.
I've never heard of relactation until today. I just thought that once the milk was gone, it was gone.
I would really like to breastfeed. But is he too old now to try it? Could my milk come back even though it has been gone for over 5 months? What sould I do to try and get it back? HELP!!!