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Is it possible to re-lactate after losing your milk?

i want to do it!!! I heard its possible! I already bought fenugreek pills, and i have a breast pump. How can i do it? I stopped BF at 3 months and they turned 5 months old yesterday.

 
dennysgirl07

Asked by dennysgirl07 at 7:38 PM on Jul. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • YES! As long as you still have breasts it can be done. Won't be EASY but it CAN be done.

    Google "relactation," for starters. Stop by the Breastfeeding Moms group too...we have a couple of successful relactators.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:40 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • My friend started re-lactating at 18 months..after stopping at 3. SHe wasn't trying to nurse again. It just happened
    vsrillo

    Answer by vsrillo at 7:42 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Pump every 2-3 hours, take 9-12 fenugreek daily, get them to the breast as soon as possible...a supplimental nursing system should help with that, meet with a LC. Theres many groups here for BFing and even one for FFers wanting to relactate
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 7:43 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Wow :43. thanks for the advice. Id like to see YOU breast feed twins when youre a single parent. NOT so easy.
    And wouldnt u be happy that im actually starting up again? lol
    dennysgirl07

    Answer by dennysgirl07 at 7:45 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Anon why in god's green earth would you put down a mother for rethinking their decision and choosing what is right??? I can be called a bf nazi most of the time but that statement was beyond uncalled for. You go mama for deciding to do your best to continue!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Absolutely, mama! You are making such a good choice by even trying! The big thing is to try and get baby back to the breast. Here's a good place to start for information:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html
    asaffell

    Answer by asaffell at 8:10 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • i agree with anon 7:46! good for you mama! that is an incredible thing to do for your babies! it speaks volumes that you are asking questions and want to make the best decisions for you and your babies. http://www.cafemom.com/group/37539/ check out this group! the owner is very knowledgeable and she is also a breastfeeding counselor for wic.

    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:13 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • I love it when people talk crap but are too big of a coward to not do so with their name showing. (this is for the first anon) You should be proud of your opinions...or were you just hoping to start drama?
    sheena696

    Answer by sheena696 at 8:14 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • oh, and she is breastfeeding twins!!!
    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:14 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Hi there, it's definitely possible as you have been informed, lol. Definitely check out the kellymom link on relactation. Keep in mind it can be a slow process to get a good supply going, but so worth it. Count on it taking at least the same amount of time that you haven't been breastfeeding, so in your case about 2 months or so.
    There's a breastfeeding support group for moms of twins that would be a good place for you to get support. I am the owner of the group that kyriesmommy13 linked for you. Please do check it out. Breastfeeding twins isn't such an easy task, especially if they are your first children. Congratulations on your decision to relactate! All the best of luck to you!
    Daynaof3

    Answer by Daynaof3 at 8:29 PM on Jul. 29, 2009