Is it too late to restart breastfeeding??

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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This is probably a stupid question, but my son will be 8 months old on June 7th. I exclusively breastfed him for the first month, but due to huge amounts of stress, my body stopped producing enough for me to keep up and I switched over to formula. I have felt so guilty ever since (not to mention my son's father still guilt trips me about it sometimes too) and I was wondering if it was too late to restart breastfeeding. I would need to buy or rent a pump as I no longer have mine and I am unsure of if I would even be able to bring my supply back. I know a lot of people typically stop breastfeeding around a year, so should I even try at this point? Is it too late for him to even benefit from it? His pediatrician said the first two weeks are the most important, and I shouldn't worry myself over it, but I really do feel like I failed my son.

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Lori - posted on 05/27/2014

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First of all….. you have not failed your son! While I am a HUGE supporter of breastfeeding, it is NOT the only way to lovingly raise a child.

So on to your specific questions. First: yes you probably can restart breastfeeding. Adoptive moms can do it. And since you did have a milk supply already, you're off to a better start. It will take a lot of time and commitment from you, and in addition to building your milk supply up, you'll also need to teach your baby how to latch on again. More to follow on this.

"a lot of people typically stop breastfeeding around a year, so should I even try at this point?". This is completely up to you. But my answer ties in with your next question "Is it too late for him to even benefit from it" No it's not too late. Babies receive benefits from breastfeeding AS LONG AS YOU KEEP BREASTFEEDING. That can be 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, or longer. If you think you will want to wean him by 12 months old, then consider that it may take a month or more before you have a good supply going. And he may latch back on right away, or it may take some time. But the great thing about breastfeeding, is that even if you have a stop date in mind, when the time comes, you can just keep going if you choose to.

My suggestion is that if you do decide to do this, realize it won't be easy at first, and plan to keep breastfeeding past the 1 year mark.


These links will give you a good place to start if you do want to go forward with restarting breastfeeding.

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/relactat...

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/d...

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/ba...

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