Yes, relactation is possible, even after taking the pills. However, after a month and a half of not nursing, it's not going to be a one-day process. It's going to take some time, effort, and expert assistance.
In your shoes, I would do the following things:
- Get the baby back on the breast if she/he will still take it. A baby's suckling can be one of the most effective ways to rebuild supply.
- If the baby will nurse, try to allow him/her to suckle as much as possible.
- If the baby will not take the breast, try doing lots of skin-to-skin contact, and consider sleeping with your baby, either in the same bed or with a crib adjoining your bed. Relaxed, sleepy babies will sometimes latch without a fight.
- See a lactation consultant, preferably one with an IBCLC degree.
- Get the best possible pump. Hospital-grade double electric rental pumps tend to be the most effective.
- Pump frequently. When I needed to increase my supply, I pumped both sides for 10 minutes every two hours during the day and every three hours at night.
- Herbs. Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all good for milk supply.
- Drugs. Discuss lactation-boosting drugs with your LC, doctor, and/or midwife. Reglan (available in the US) and Domperidone (Canada) are anti-nausea drugs that can increase milk supply as a side-effect. Both are prescription-only and have additional side-effects, so it is important to talk to your health care provider before taking either substance.
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