Breastfeeding after you have already quit.

Wanda - posted on 09/06/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My neice is having trouble with her baby. She came to me for helpful hints to help soothe her baby. After all my helpful hints didn't help I came to find out that her baby wanted to breastfeed while I was carrying him. He must have smelled my milk so I fed him and he was so content and he slept for hours after. What i'm wondering is....can my neice breastfeed even if she never tried? Her baby is 2months old. HELP!

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Lisa - posted on 09/09/2009

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Try fenugreek. and hand compression/massage . it can be found in any vitamin store. It worked for me. My son is on formula because i was not able to produce enough. but i am able to produce enough to put him down for naps. any little bits helps. he is almost 7mths and i even leak every once in a while. it's wonderful that i can help my son in this way even if only a little bit.

Shellie - posted on 09/08/2009

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she can most definitely... try getting the baby to latch on for a little bit at a time, then her milk should come in ... if it don't think she might possibly need some fenugreek to help boost the start of her milk supply.

Heather - posted on 09/08/2009

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i had sore and cracked nipples to the point they would bleed everytime i nursed! i had to pump a few days to get them better but after that i was fine and have had no problems with sore nipples.I to have inverted nipples but i've had no problems bf my third child.

Monica-Lynn - posted on 09/08/2009

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Yes, she can pick nursing back up w/ a lil bit of determination......she can try to express out milk manually or with a pump... as far as quiting due to cracked nipples all she needs to do is have a tube of breast feeding cream on hand its completely all natural ingredients and will be okay for baby to be latched on after lanisioh has been applied..... also if ur niece really prepefs to bottle feed there are bottle nipples that are like a breast that she could try and maybe baby doesn't care for the type of formula.... also about the inverted nipple situation that doesn't matter they will point out with help...

ur niece should have been told that nursing a baby will be sore for a lil while, but that fades away in a short while.... 2weeks wasn't enough time to adjust & also maybe she wasn't latching her baby right...... some babies need to have lots of nipple in their mouth to beable to get milk out....

Lucy - posted on 09/06/2009

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In regards to the inverted nipples - that is most likely why she was having cracking issues. I pump full time and my nursing and then pumping efforst have actually ripped the adhesions out that caused the inversions and I no longer have inverted nipples (this is very painful!) The fact that her child is older will help with any latching difficulties the inversions may have caused because the child's mouth is bigger. Good luck!!

Brenda - posted on 09/06/2009

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Oh and the RX that is often prescribed is Reglan if I'm not mistaken. I took it during pregnancy for nausea, but it also increases milk production. Mother's Milk tea, Fenugeek (sp) and oatmeal will help once she starts trying as well.

Brenda - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting Wanda:

I also have to mention that she has inverted nipples...does this make a difference?



You may want to help her find a La Leche League in the area who can really help with the whole process.  www.llli.org I think is their addy.  They can help relactate and teach her how to nurse with inverted nipples.  The nipple shields are often used but you don't want to use them very long. The nipple shells you can get help pull the nipple out though when it is inverted.

Wanda - posted on 09/06/2009

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I also have to mention that she has inverted nipples...does this make a difference?

Wanda - posted on 09/06/2009

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She breastfed for 2wks and got discouraged cause her nipples got sore and cracked. The baby is bottle fed but he refuses to feed for long. She didn't take any pills to dry up just natural dry up.

Anna - posted on 09/06/2009

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Yes you can start lactating even if you've never done it. You have to really want to do it and you need to play with your nipples all the time, as much as possible, like squeeze them gently. Let the baby suckle often - it will be comforting to her even if there is little milk. You can even start lactating if you've never had a baby. This is an amazing but true fact - even men can breastfeed if they really want to.

Dena - posted on 09/06/2009

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I'm not exactly sure but if you have a pump she should try and see if she can express anything after a few pumping sessions. Did she take a pill after birth to dry up? If so I doubt it would be easy to get flow.

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