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baby was born breach and had MAS, spent a month in the NICU, I pumped exclusivly for the month he was in the hospital, but i just couldnt continue after we got him home.
Now he is almost 3 months, and starting to reject the bottle.
My milk is still there (around a quarter of an ounce), but barely. I want to nurse, and so does he...but I am worried I cant get my supply up without having to pump. ( I have serious trauma with the pump) any moms out there have any advice? should we keep him on the bottle, and suplement with nursing? has anyone ever done this?
Yes, you can relactate, especially as you are still producing. Go to these sites: http://www.kellymom.com/ for info on relactating, and http://www.lll.org/ for the nearest La Leche League group. I want to encourage you to get in touch with a lactation consultant, and also to join one of the breastfeeding groups on here to help you in this. You may want to find a store that stocks fenugreek to start taking to increase your supply(GNC has it online), and you can start putting your son to the breast and getting him latched on to signal your body to start producing again.
Answer by preacherskid at 2:25 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
You can also go to http://www.medela.com/ and look for a supplemental nursing system (SNS). You can put expressed milk or formula in this and the baby can latch like he would be nursing, and do all that, but the milk/formula actually comes from the SNS. It is something you can do while you get him back on and get your supply up. FYI: what you pump is often much less than your body is capable of producing. Breasts are factories to make milk, not warehouses to store it. As demand increases, production should increase and vice versa.
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That is amazing that he wants to nurse being he had nothing but the bottle at an early age. Be grateful because some babies refuse just after having the bottle a few times before a certain age. Re lactating is very possible being he wants to be at the breast. It will signal your body to make more, you already have some there so he will get something if you need to supplement at first do so but try to put him at the breast as much as possible before a bottle feeding.
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