Can anyone give me advice on how to get my milk going and keep it flowing without actually ever nursing the baby?
My cousin gave birth to her fourth premature baby four and a half weeks ago. He was born at 27 weeks. He is not doing well. My cousin found out a few days ago that the reason behind all his failure to thrive problems is because of the formula feeding. She is unable to nurse him as she has cysts on both her breasts and nipples. The hospital staff are unwilling to give him donor milk as they don't want him to get used to something he will not have when he leaves the hospital. (The are unable to supply donor milk once a baby leaves). He will probably not survive without breastmilk. I am willing to provide him with my milk and his mom is grateful.
I need help and advice to get my milk going again. I have four children who were all exclisively breastfeed long term. My oldest, 21 was nursed for two years, my second, 19 for 18 months, my third, 15 for four and a half years, and my youngest, 11 for four years. So I have not been lactating for seven years now.
The day before yesterday I massaged my nipples manually and expressed what looked like dark brown/red colostrum. Yesterday was the same, but less. Today I was hardly able to get a drop out of each breast.
I have access to an electric breast pump (Medela) which I tried out tonight. It seemed to have the correct motion, but I produced nothing.
Breastfeeding was never easy for me - I often had mastitis and was engorged a lot with sore nipples for about the first six months. However, I never had a problem producing enough milk and I'm hoping that will stand in my favour now.
I am really hoping not to have to use a medication, although I don't mind using herbs or eating special foods.
Should I be eating anything or supplementing with anything special?
How often should I be pumping? Or should I stick to manual expressing?
And how long will it take to start producing milk?
Also, what are our chances of successfully producing milk without ever actually nursing this baby? (He has no sucking reflex at the moment and the nursing staff do not want anyone other than the mother feeding him).
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.