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    Default Restarting breastfeeding

    Is it possible to restart breastfeeding after stopping. My baby is now 10.5 weeks and I stopped at 6 weeks. We underwent numerous issues when I breastfed him. One of which was my supply. I was taking domperidone 30 mg three times a day and also fenugreek 3 capsules 4 times a day. I was feeding him at every feed and double pumping and only getting 10 ml. Now I had a very traumatic delivery as my episiotomy extended to my rectum and I am still in agony after 10.5 weeks. I also had a forcep delivery which led to a broken tailbone. Sitting down in the beginning was very difficult making feeding an unenjoyable time. The pain is still there and I am being followed by a specialist as they may need to do surgery to fix the problem. Along with the low milk supply I got candida on my nipples and used the gentian violet along with the diflucan to treat it. After 6 weeks of breastfeeding and topping up with formula I stopped breastfeeding completely and had no engorgement after stopping. The reasoning for me stopping was I was feeding him 45 minutes and he would be topping up close to 6 ounces at the end. My son has acid reflux and is taking the thickened formula recommended by the pediatrician. This has now resulted in constipation. Anyway that leads me to my question of is it possible to restart breastfeeding?? Will my supply always be low or could it have been attributed to the pain of delivery? I am a nurse and have always been pro breastfeeding therefore found it devastating when I stopped. With the reflux issues I would much rather have him on breast milk.....Can anymore help????

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Restarting breastfeeding

    Hi Mama! I am sorry your birth and first few weeks of breastfeeding was so difficult. You really got a rough start.

    But it is totally possible to restart breastfeeding. Will your baby still take the breast? Some moms are able to relactate through nursing alone (my mom did back in 1982 after 3 months off).

    Here are some links that may be helpful:
    Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding

    Weaning from Formula Supplements
    Help - My Baby Won't Nurse!
    Prescription Drugs for Increasing Milk Supply

    In your shoes, I would also go and see a lactation consultant (preferably an IBCLC). She can help you get your baby back to the breast and can help you increase your supply. If one IBCLC isn't helpful, go see another one. Each LC knows slightly different tricks and may perceive different issues, so it makes sense to get the second opinion. You might want to talk to the LC(s) about using a supplemental nursing system (SNS). With a SNS, all feeding takes place at the breast, reducing nipple confusion, and since the baby sucks simultaneously from the breast and the SNS tube, your supply gets stimulated even as you supplement. (Pumping is still vital, however!)

    It is quite possible that your traumatic delivery is responsible for the supply issues you experienced. Pain, stress, and large volumes of blood loss can all impact a mother's supply and ability to nurse. Babies delivered via forceps can also have problems nursing due (as far as I know) to the difficulty of getting into a comfortable position after an uncomfortable birth. If you had any form of pain relief during birth, that may also have impacted your baby's willingness to nurse. Also, since you had thrush it is quite possible that your baby had it too, and babies with thrush often nurse poorly due to discomfort, and poor nursing can result in lowered supply.

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    Thank you so much!!! I actually called the breastfeeding clinic I went to in the beginning and she recommended me a few tricks as well. I will most definately read the info you attached as I feel I really want to nurse my little guy. I started taking the medication again and started pumping as well. I will let you know how it all goes.!!

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    Jun 2008

    Default Re: Restarting breastfeeding

    I also wanted to chime in and say that while I have no expert advice, I do agree with pp that it IS possible for you to resume breastfeeding! It probably will not be easy, but it CAN be done - there are enough stories from other mamas on this site to attest to that! It sounds like you know what you're doing and you already have a supportive LC - those are big pluses. I do also agree that the traumatic circumstances of the birth (for both of you) probably did contribute to your unsuccessful start at nursing. I had an extremely difficult and traumatic childbirth experience, and although yours sounds much worse, I do know how devastating it can be to deal with not only a horrible birth experience but the aftermath of pain, complications, doctor visits, anxiety over how it will all turn out, etc.

    I have also heard of chiropractic therapy for infants to help with BF issues. I would look into it if you think you need additional help. I know some other mamas on here have had positive experience with it and would probably be willing to share their experiences.

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    Default Re: Restarting breastfeeding

    Wow I am so glad I signed up for this. All this support is making this so much easier than I had thought. I will definately look into the chiropractic suggestion. I am very sorry to hear about your traumatic birth experience. When you wrote about the doctors visits the pain, the anxiety I felt like you were inside my mind!

    I will keep you all posted on how this goes

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