Is it possible to restart breastfeeding after 1 month?

Sara - posted on 10/05/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone!
I stopped breastfeeding for about one month. My son isn't reacting to formula well at all. Does anyone know if I could restart breastfeeding? If so will milk come?
I've been trying to pump, but no luck :(

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Sarh - posted on 10/07/2010

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Pumping is nothing close to breastfeeding! Try it and see if baby will latch, also like Vivki said try a lactation consultant. It is possible! Don't give up! :) If it is the lactose in the formula then you may have to cut dairy out of your diet, I have for the pass 3 months for my son.

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Lise - posted on 10/06/2010

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Yes, you can! Check out Jennifer's link - kellymom has some AMAZING info on relactating! And I know a woman who was able to produce milk 8 months after stopping breastfeeding.

It may not be easy, but good for you for being willing to consider it!

Sarah - posted on 10/06/2010

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Hi Sara, I would suggest joining the group "Breastfeeding Moms." I'm sure they will have some suggestions on how to get your baby back to breasfeeding. I know it's possible, but I'm definitely NOT a breastfeeding expert, so I'm not the best person to give advice. A lot of times, using a pump isn't the best indicator of how much milk you really have. The best way to increase your supply is to have your baby feed at your breast as much as possible. Anyway, join that group & post that question there. I'm sure you'll get more feedback!

Chelsea - posted on 10/06/2010

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I had problems breast feeding, but I've been told that if you stop, it dries up. If you are not getting any supply from a pump, then chances are there is nothing to pump. Sorry. You could talk to the Dr to see if he/she has any alternatives.

Vicki - posted on 10/05/2010

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It is possible. Women have been able to relactate for adopted babies. Not easy though! I would see a lactation consultant as it may be a good idea to take motillium? Lots of skin to skin, baths with your baby and when you do give formula, maybe use a cup or syringe instead so he gets away from bottles and more likely to take the breast.

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