Jessica - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
My son was born 6 weeks premature and was in NICU for 5 days. We were unable to nurse him at that time but I pumped every 3 hours religiously and took him the expressed breast milk. When we were finally able to nurse him he nursed okay for a few days with the help of a nipple shield but was unable to get enough to gain weight adequately. We had to supplement with a higher calorie formula (which costs more) and I was very frustrated. I was worried about having enough supply due to a breast reduction 12 years ago. Needless to say, I gave up one week after being dismissed from the hospital.
Now that he is where he would have been if he had went to our due date, he is acting like he wants to latch on. I attempted to get him to latch on this morning and he nursed for about 5 min really well without a nipple shield. But my milk has dried up I think. I am no longer leaking during the day and only a little at night.
Is it possible to restart to lactate?