Re: Problems breastfeeding my 8 month old
Welcome! I'm sorry you've hit a bump in the road with nursing. You may be able to get your LO back to the breast using the tips in this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html And you should be able to improve your supply by doing the following:
- See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC.
- Nurse as often as possible. If you're not co-sleeping, you may want to start, since many babies become all-night feeders when the breast is right there.
- Pump frequently using a high-quality pump. Don't be cheap and try to get the job done with a manual pump or low-end electric! I suggest pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, for at least 10 minutes per side. This link covers increasing while pumping: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html
- Supplements: fenugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all good for increasing supply.
- Prescription drugs: as a last resort, Reglan and Domperidone are used off-label to increase milk supply. Both have additional side effects and are not for all moms, so discuss their use with your midwife or doctor before taking either one.
One last thing: the birth control pills. The combination pill is generally not recommended for use by breastfeeding mothers because it often has a very negative impact on milk supply. If you have to continue taking the pills to treat the cysts, well, so be it. You can still increase supply by taking the steps listed above, though you might not see as fast or as complete an increase as you might wish. However, if there is an alternative treatment, or if there is a way to delay treatment until you have your supply issues resolved, it may be worthwhile to explore those options.
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