too late to restart breastfeeding??

Kelly - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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It's been about a month, maybe a bit longer since I've breastfed my baby. I wasn't producing enough and now realize it was possibly because I wasn't eating right and not drinking enough water. Is it too late to get my milk back?? Any ways that I can get it back? She's my last baby and I really want to feed her through me if possible.

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Andrea - posted on 01/31/2010

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You can start up again.. I did after 2 months.. I was really sick and wasn't able to nurse her.. Then after i got the all clear I started nursing her and pumping (felt like a million times aday) but it was really that hard to get things going again.. I just talk with a LC and she helped so much.. You can always speak with you doctor and see what they have to offer.. Hope this is helpful.. Take Care and Best Wishes.. If you have any questions please feel free to send and e-mail..

Nikki - posted on 01/31/2010

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i have also read that fennel seeds can aid in lactation. it is pretty easy to find and you can make a tea out of it. good luck!

Somer - posted on 01/31/2010

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It's never to late. With work even people who adopt can breastfeed. There is tea that you can drink that will help.
"Organic Mother’s Milk® promotes healthy lactation* and is traditionally used to increase breast milk production.* This traditional combination of anise, fennel and coriander has been used for centuries by European women and is often recommended by lactation counselors and medical herbalists. Organic Mother’s Milk® has a pleasantly aromatic balance of sweet, spicy and slightly bitter tastes."
Let you baby nurse from you as often as she will, and keep eating right. Also once in a while drink a beer. There is something in it that will help produce milk. Just don't breastfeed for about an hour after you drink it. Hope this helps.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/31/2010

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You can do it, but it will probably be a bit of a challenge. Start pumping every day (I think they say every hour for 15 minutes, but double check that please). Taking a supplement (fenugreek, blessed thistle, alfalfa) will help increase your supply. You should talk to a lactation consultant and your doc (there are also some different meds you can take, but I don't know them off hand). Good luck :)

Liane - posted on 01/31/2010

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I too believe it is possible with lots of patience and determination. Do you have a lactation consultant you could speak to? That would be the first place I would start... I'm sure they have some tips/tricks you can use to get back to nursing your baby. If not, you could also contact La Leche League for assistance. Good luck to you!

Angela - posted on 01/31/2010

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im not copletly sure but i think u can. just let her nurse off of u. keep feeding her bottles though too untill u get the suply up again. then completly take nher off the bottle

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