Breastfeeding

Kiyomi - posted on 11/09/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Has anyone stoped breast feeding for a 5 month period and begin again and how

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Sarah - posted on 11/10/2014

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I do agree, I just think that if your baby was in NICU and you are already struggling to supply milk, why pressure yourself to perform? Rather, find a compromise. See if baby will latch on, if not, pump to supply whatever milk you can. Dr. Newman has worked wonders, but if you read his regimen it is very demanding; pumping every two hours and a medication regimen that is complex and potentially expensive.
A five month old baby is a joy to behold, magical, with smiles and milestones to enjoy and remember. If you focus on nothing but reestablishing a dwindling milk supply, you can miss out on one of the most remarkable times of development. Nursing is beautiful, and every drop of breast milk is a gift, but you are not harming your child by choosing to relax, give what you can, and make memories. Nursing your baby is not a measuring stick for how much you love your baby.
If you desire it, go for it. I just say, do it for yourself and your baby, not because you feel you must.

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Chet - posted on 11/10/2014

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Dr. Newman has worked with women to get babies to the breast after months as well. I think you're right, that with a 5 month old baby who has never nursed it could be difficult, but trying doesn't have to be a negative experience, and I wouldn't deny someone trying if they wanted to. One plus is that a mother with some milk remaining is probably more likely to respond well to domperidone and to start producing a good volume of milk.

Today a lot of mothers only nurse for 3 or 6 or 8 months. In some circles, you nursed a long time if you make it to a year! But if you consider that nursing until 2 to 4 years old is probably more natural for humans, 5 months old leaves a lot of time for a nursing relationship.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2014

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Dr Newman offers a possibility. Looking at the big picture of a baby that spent time in NICU and is now reunited with mom; could her time and energy be better spent on bonding with baby and offering what milk she can? Dr. Newman's study is aimed at adopting and gestational surrogacy, not a woman who is caring for an infant currently. Also this baby is 5 months, the chance of supplying enough to nourish a baby that age is remote. Even more remote that baby would nurse at the breast. I suggested that mom enjoy her baby, home with her now, and offer whatever she can via pumping or nursing and not spent countless hours trying to start up a milk supply.
I hope whatever your friend chooses, she enjoys this time with her baby!

Chet - posted on 11/10/2014

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Look up procedures for re-lactation. Check out Dr. Jack Newman's website, the LLL International, and there might be some stuff on Kellymom.com). It's possible.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2014

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So she never nursed or pumped and baby never learned either? The best she can probably hope for would be to pump some milk and bottle feed it to baby in addition to formula or try to to offer her breast for comfort and feed formula from bottles. Baby must learn to nurse as much as mom does, on top of having an adequate supply. Any breast milk is better than none. But at this point maybe mom is better off just relaxing and enjoying her baby.

Kiyomi - posted on 11/09/2014

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not sure exactly wanted to baby was in nic u i don't think she was informed about nursing ; unfortunately a lot of women are not

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2014

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If she can get her baby to latch back on and nurse she may be able to stimulate some milk, but probably not more than just enough to comfort baby to sleep or nap. Even if she were to pump every two hours for weeks, she probably won't get a whole lot more supply. The rules of supply and demand apply to nursing, and if you stop demanding your body stops supplying. I am curious why she wants to get her milk back after 5 months?

Kiyomi - posted on 11/09/2014

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I'm asking for another mother she still has little milk in one breast so I hope to be working with her to get her supply back

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2014

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If you have not been nursing or pumping for 5 months it is likely your milk supply will be so decreased that you could not resume nursing and expect to make enough milk to nourish a baby.
What would be your reason for stopping and wanting to resume?

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