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What to do to start lactating again?HELP!!

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TONKA_14
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NATALIETOO
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5/17/06 1:34 P

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What is OP?
I just got the Mothers love and Mothers milk tea products...
nat

*edit*
old post?
hah

Edited by: NATALIETOO at: 5/17/2006 (13:49)


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It is wonderful that you all want to offer support but please note that this OP is over a month old and has just been brought back up in hopes that the OP will let us know how things are going.

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Fairytalelover, Alot of our moms did not breastfeed when they had us. My mom could not she had 3 brothers and was still living with my grandparents when she had us. Your mom just did not want to see go through what she did. My son never could latch on right had the hospital consultant work with us but i never had any luck plus when he is hungry he wants food asap or he flips out and you have to calm him down to get him to eat. So I pump for him. I went through something simliar to you. Tommy was born with a hairline fracture and stayed a week longer. They pooked and proded him everwear they even tooked more blood then they were supposed too cause of important tests they had to do. He finally came home just to go back in less then two weeks later. He caught a staph infection most likly from a iv. Once we were back in the hospital before his surgery he started to get sick from all the sick kids there. After his surgery he had a cathiter put into his chest to get constant antibiotics. From the antibiotics get got real bad diariaha and diaper rash. I start to give him formula to help it plus from all the stress I was loosing my milk. Finally everything went back to normal with him and I started to give him more breastmilk and getting him off formula. Now I'm sick I have been going through a bunch of tests for my gallbladder. A week before last I had to get a function test done in which they gave me radiation dye. They told me to throw out my milk for 24hrs I waited a week just to be safe. I pumped normally during that time for whatever reason it decreased. This weekend I pumped like crazy and drank tons of water. Slowly its starting to increase. I hope it all works out for you. You went through alot with your baby.

Edited by: CRISTINACEC at: 5/17/2006 (01:17)


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i know this topic is a bit old but i wanted to say first that FAIRYTALE i've been wondering how things are for you and baby Nicolas. i'm sorry to hear he got so sick but am happy you decided to try BF. if you need any help or just somone to talk to i'm still on the March 06 boards. also, i have never eperinced this but i heard from a good source that Mother's Milk tea is an excellent aid in relactating. google the 'mother love' products aswell. they rock!
*hugs* and i hope everything is better.


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Cut yourself a little bit of slack- we can only work off of the information we have before us, and we give more weight and consideration to things presented to us from a trusted source. Breastfeeding CAN be very difficult and frustrating! Some women do have TERRIBLE experiences with trying to establish a great nursing relationship(there are many factors that can cause this)and eventhough it isn't as ideal as breastmilk, formula is a perfectly acceptable source of nutrition. So it isn't as if you were decieved or lied to at all. There is ALWAYS two sides to every story. There will be many many times when you will have choices as a parent. Sometimes you will make the wrong choices. As long as your heart is in the right place, and you put your child first, everything will work out all right. I wish you the best of luck for the future, and give your little one a great big snuggle.

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4/4/06 12:37 A

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My lactation nurse told me to nurse every two hours and pump for about 15 minutes after the baby nursed and you should be able to build up your supply in about a week

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I appreciate everyone's input and support. I cant get over the guilt I feel for not realizing in time that breastfeeding is best and listening to my mother. It's so wierd because I did everything I could to make sure that while pregnant my baby got the best of everything and I did everything in my power to create a healthy baby no matter how hard it was for me like staying away from caffeine, certain foods, the occasional cocktail, cigarettes etc.. but it never dawned on me that I was not doing my baby any good by not breastfeeding. I did hours of research on the best kind of formula etc... UGH! I am so stupid!!! I hope my baby doesnt pay for it if I dont get my milk back!


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Just wanted to lend my support. Good luck. My sister worked with a women who was adopting and decided to do this. She had never had a baby and was successful. I am sure you will be. It is never too late.

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I'm didn't even know that women that weren't ever pregnant could lactate! WOW!

Anyways, I'm cheering you on!

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Lurking from another board...but wanted to tell you that I worked with IBCLC's and have seen both adoptive and biological mothers able to begin or restart lactation.

The LLL is a great resource and what was said in the email from them to a poster below is definately the right track to be on.

Getting baby to nurse for comfort as much as possible, and to give him his feedings through the SNS, is a great way to build up a supply again too.

You are in a good position with baby only being a month old.

Hopefully you can get baby back to breastfeeding. You are right that baby will be better off for it.

Try to stay as stress free as possible, get as much rest as possible and drink plenty of fluids.

All of these things will increase your chances of getting a full supply back.

Try to find a hospital or an Nursing Mothers resource center near you that you can rent the hospital grade pump from. The Medela Classic is what was suggested for moms who wanted to relactate or were unable to feed their baby's for any length of time.

Good Luck...it may seem like a lot of work for now...but I'm sure you'll be happy you did it.

And remember...even if you don't get a full supply back...every drop that your baby can get is worth it.



Edited by: VALERIECA at: 4/3/2006 (02:06)


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if that's not enough infor for you, here are several online how to's with pictures and clearly written instructions. there are also online communities for first hand knowledge.

inducting lactation, mothers groups:
http://www.fourfriends.com/abrw/

How to re-lactate, step by step guides:
http://www.lact-aid.com/rpt025.h
tm


and
http://www.ennonline.net/ife/rep
ort/annexVIII.html


I'm very happy for you and I hope this helps your baby


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GREENBABY5
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ok here is the info the hospital gave me when i wanted to try this (decided not to because . . .well its a LONG story) REGLAN is a prescription drug your ob can prescribe for you. It works fastest. You must pump every 1.5 - 3 hours during the day. That means setting your alarm at night for every 3 hours or so. Fenugreek is an herb that also helps milk supply (as well as water, oatmeal, and all that) A suplemental nursing system will also help, you can google SNS or look at them on the medela website to see what they are and how they work. They told me that however long it has been since you stopped nursing/pumping that is how long it will take to get your milk back. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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do a search on not only RE-lactating but breastfeeding an adopted child. Not that you have adopted a child but it's closer to that situation since you never breastfed him. It boils down to getting on the pump right away, and teaching him to latch. you're less then a month since birth you should still have quite a hormone cocktail going on and I doubt too much trouble. Have you spoken to his peid? He will want to closely monitor the baby's weight when you begin changing his diet and decreasing the amt of formula.

wishing you two the best and I am so sorry for the struggles you are having with his health. editied to add that I love your sig line:)

Edited by: _CARRIE_ at: 4/3/2006 (00:45)

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I also believe that in extreme cases there is a drug that your doctor can prescribe to help boost milk production.

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I don't know anyone who has tried to relactate. But kellymom.com, lalecheleague.org, breastfeeding.com and Dr. Jack Newman's site all have info on the process. If I were you, I would contact your local La Leche League. Someone there might know more. At the very least, they will be supportive of you.

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4/2/06 10:19 P

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Ok, well I was dead set against breastfeeding when my baby was born in February 28th. I blame it on my mother. Since I was little my mother kept telling me over and over again that when I have kids I should never breastfeed. When she breastfed me and my brother she had a hard time. I never took to it so I was never breastfed and she ended up giving me formula and my brother did take to it but apparently my Mom went through lots of pain and a really tough time with it.

ANyway, she kept telling me that with technology these days they make formula just like breastmilk and it is so much easier and you dont have to go through all she went through.

So I figured Mom knows best and listened to her. After all she had always been right up tot this point with all her advice all my life.

Well my son was born and we started formula but he has had problems ever since. First he wouldnt eat for a few days and was losing lots of weight and put me and my husband through a great deal of worry. Then he finally started eating but was having lots of digestive problems with his formula, Enfamil. He went through lots of painful constipation, gas etc..so we switched to Good Start and he started doing better.

But last weekend he got a fever of 101 and our pediatrician sent us to the ER and they admitted him for 5 days. It was the worst time of my life. They stuck him with needles, IV, etc... I stayed by his side the entire time but was so worried and falling apart. They took all kinds of cultures but they all came out negative and it ended up being a cold virus. But they said because he was so young they had to put him through the entire panel of tests to make sure.

It's at this point when I was told by multiple doctors, nurses, relatives etc... that if I would have breastfed it would have boosted his immune system and he may have not have had to go through all he has gone through since he was born.

Anyway, I read more about it and realized they were right. He still might have gotten sick but breastmilk has so many antibodies that it passes on to the baby not to mention how good it is for his digestion etc.... that I had made a big mistake! Now we think he might have acid reflux which could also be prevented by breastmilk.

So the lactation specialists at the hospital said I could try to jump start my milk again if I wanted to. It wasnt guaranteed but it was worth a try. So now I am pumping every few hours and have gotten a few drops of milk but nothing significatn yet. It has only been a few days.

I truley regret listening to my mother and would like to know if anyone else has tried to restart lactation with success and if there is anything else I could do to make it work.

I will do anything to make sure my baby is healthy.

P.S My baby woke up this morning with chest congestion and a cough. I just got through a cold so he may have caught it from me. Either way, I need advice please.


Nicholas was born February 28, 2006!






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