Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bigmamma | 2010/07/27



I wanted to know! My baby is nou 6months old, I breastfed him the first 3 months, and then I began working and everthing else happend, so I began each day less and less to breastfeed him, up to when I stop completely! I was just wondering if I still can breastfeed him if I take medicine to increase by milk production! Is there still a slight possibility for me to breastfeed my baby or it it to late! I breastfed my first child up till she was 15months old!

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You can see if the sucking stimulus when your baby tries to feed will restart your milk, but it is quite a time since you stopped breast feeding so it may not be successful. It is probably not a good idea to have to use a medicine to restart your breastmilk.Your baby is established on a formula now. The important thing is that you did manage to exclusively breast feed your baby for the first 3 months of his life.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/07/27

Its not too late, though as a working mom you will find it more difficult to relactate than a stay at home mom.

The biggest problem is that now that baby is used to bottles which are very easy to suck on, he might not be able to latch on your breast properly and might refuse to do the extra sucking work.
I suggest you contact the la leche league or an international board certified lactation consultant to assist you with this, and read up on it on lactation web sites with evidence based information such as kellymom dot com which does have information on relactation.
Try latching baby on before every bottle feed and see how that goes.

With regard to getting your milk supply going again, it will take a while but you can do it. Start by expressing every 3 or 4 hours for about 5 minutes on each breast. INitially you probably won''t get any milk, but after about four days to a week you should start getting a little.
You could try using eglynol but it does take 14 - 21 days to make you produce milk (the milk production is a side effect of the drug which is an anti psychotic for people with schizophrenia, though used at far higher doses for that purpose than for getting you to produce milk).

Basically though, latch baby on before offering a bottle, and try to get him to suckle for a few minutes on each breast. Then give any expressed milk you have managed to get, preferably by cup or spoon rather than bottle (though personally, if its the middle of the night, I''d give it in a bottle).
Then, after you have done that, offer formula, preferably by cup or spoon though.

Express for 5 minutes on each breast immediately after offering baby the breast and ask someone else to give him the expressed milk or formula while you are busy expressing.

I hope it goes well. The la leche league will be able to help you a lot.

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