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Hi my name is Amber and I currently have a 4 month old who was breastfeed for the first 10 weeks about. I stopped due to differnet reason and am thinking that I want to start again. Is this possible?? What would I need to do to get my supply back?? An info and advice would be great. I really miss BFing. Thanks in advance!!
It is still possible to go back to BFing, even Exclusively BFing
First things first - get with a LC and the LLL -start attending meettings, contact the leader & let her know youre interested in relactating & that you havent stopped for that long.
The main things youll have to work on are increasing supply again and helping baby learn to latch again. Have you tried letting her latch on?
Check out the sticky titled "3 day nursing sabbatical" - it will be a good way to start, but just make sure your expectations are reasonable. It will take some effort initially, but many many women do this successfully. In fact, during hurricane Katrina, a LARGE number of women were able to, and many of them had gone longer without BFing than you
Increasing supply will be challenging, but considering it hasnt been that long, you can likely get your supply up rather quickly without Rx medication. Get some fenugreek and begin taking it and pumping every 2 - 3 hours at a minimum, more often if you can. (3 - 4 fenugreeks, 3 - 4 times a day for a total of 9 - 12 a day).
Good luck! STick around. There are several women here who have, hopefully some of htem will pop in with their success stories
Thanks I am going to tr and find some funegreek. Is it sold at mot drug store or where is the best place to get it. I havent let her try to latch again but I have nticed if she is hungrary and i am holding her then she will "look" for the breast like she is rooting. I am going to try to find a good LC also. Thanks for the info
Most drug stores, health food stores & even Walmart carries it If you see some mothers milk tea that would be helpful too im sure.
Try snuggling up to her skin to skin with no top on & see if she will latch - if so, let her nurse as long as she wants, whether shes getting anything or not. Start pumping as soon as possible (do you have a good pump)? Even before getting fenugreek & seeing the LC if you can. Itll just give you a nice head start. If she will latch though - that will help bring your supply back sooner than with a pump
Also - just curious, any particular reason you stopped? I only ask b/c if there were issues before, it would be important to try to avoid those or take some preventative measures so that you dont end up with the same frustrations
I have an ok pump that i used when she was first born. it will get the job done if i need it to.
The main readon that I stopped was mainly my mom and DH. I got Mastitis once that pu me down for a couple days and then once again but not very bad just didn't feel 100% for about a day. DH and m mom keep telling me maybe ou should stop Bfing. I finall had enough and quit. I have regretted it since the day I stopped. I sat Dh down and told im I wanted to try and start again and he said fine but I also told him that I wasnt going to deal with BS from him that I wanted to try and if Savannah and I succeed that I wanted to continue with it. He seems ok with it. I am not planning on telling my mom right away causeI don't want to hear it. OK so that was m nice littel rant about that. THanks agian and I am hoping it will work I wasn't able to Bf my first DD as she wouldn't ever latch. Savannah latched on right away and never had a problem with it.
Aren't our bodies so amazing? I will be interested in following your success story! I saw a lifetime movie one time that was a true story about a mom and her baby being trapped out in a blizzard in her car. She had an 8 month old and had stopped nursing a while before. But stranded in the car with nothing to feed the baby, she was able to keep her baby alive by nursing.
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