Back to nursing after stopping any advice? (I've been exclusively pumping)

Kristen - posted on 11/08/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Has anyone ever heard of or tried to get your baby to come back to nursing? Mine is now almost 13 weeks so I'm not sure if she's do it. I would love for her to. The other thing that was hard is that she got so used to the shield that my naked nipple seemed foreign after a while. maybe an altered shield would do the trick?? (like cutting a bit of the nipple of the shield off...as suggested to another in another thread for getting them off the shield).

She has stayed on only breastmilk its just been pumped is all.

I do still like seeing how much she takes in using bottles but it would be great now that she sleeps thru the night to get her morning and evening feedings back to nursing and keep her on bottle while at daycare.

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Suzanne Van De - posted on 06/09/2013

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The real reason as to how my son is attached to milk bottles is because he catches a virus and the pediatrician advised to have him on LF formula for 2 weeks. Now I can't make him get back to nursing.

Suzanne Van De - posted on 06/09/2013

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Dear Kristen,

I know this post is since 2008, but I am very concerned about my 4 month old baby who is now addicted to milk bottles. By this I mean he won't take milk from me directly. Only by the bottle. I have been continuously pumping and freezing but now I noticed that the quantity of milk I pump out is getting less and less. I really need to nurse to increase my production. Afraid it will dry out soon and i plan to nurse for 2 years max. If this shield has really worked for you, I will give it a try.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2008

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i exclusely pumped for a couple of weeks very early on so that my nipples could heal. i had a very tough go at first, and he only used a nipple shield before that. then, one day, when we were both happy and relaxed, i tried to nurse without the shield. to my complete shock ( i had a bottle of my milk ready) it went beautifully. just be patient, be willing to try every once in awhile without the shield, and hopefully it will come together. try starting him on the shield, then once the milk starts flowing, remove the shield. gradually extend the time off the shield. it is hard to let go of the numbers game with the bottles, but your little one will get enough (or she'll really let you know!)

Kristen - posted on 11/08/2008

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ok I have a report. I did it! Or rather SHE did it! I got her to feed 20 min on one breast and about 5 on the other. She got mad when I made the switch. I had her 5oz pumped right next to me so I gave her as much as she wanted. She still was hungry and didn't want to go back to the breast. I figured I'd supplement her with the expressed and try again later. She ate about 3 ounces. So I'm guessing she got at least 2 nursing. I'm so excited. I did have a bit of a struggle at first and then the last 5 minutes on the first breast. BUT of she'll do it again tonight and in the morning I am going to be so happy!! I think i'll still pump after to see how much is left to sort of monitor it and freeze the rest. I've got about 2 months worth stored up already so I'm less stressed now about having stock piles for while I'm at work. Thanks Ladies!! I'll still check back here to see what anyone else says though...seeing how I've only done it once! ha!

Joanie - posted on 11/08/2008

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Kristen, I'm going to do a little research and I'll get back to you. Hopefully I will have some advice :)

Yelena - posted on 11/08/2008

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I was exclusively pumping for about 2 months (had really bad infection) and now back to both: pumping and nursing. My kiddo is 3.5 months, he goes back and forth pretty good. I think it might depend on a baby. Just put her on and see what happens. I was also nervous that he wasn't getting enough, but believe me, you'll know. Babies have an amazing ability to tell us what they need.
Good luck!!

Julia - posted on 11/08/2008

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Oh and we went from nursing with the shield to pumping to him directly on the breast without any kind of shield or modified shield. The shield was a huge annoyance for me and pumping was draining all of my time. Good luck!!!

Julia - posted on 11/08/2008

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I had to exclusively pump for 3.5 months and then my son finally started nursing. It absolutely can be done. My advice is to contact a Lactation Consultant or La Leche League Member for help and support. I wish I could remember the system they gave to me but it was a while ago.

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