Hello I was wondering if their is any hope for me to still breastfeed my daughter 6 weeks ago I had her was breastfeeding her and two days after labor had to stop I had a spinal headach ( from my eppi ) was orderd to lay falt and take med for 5 days till it was gone well it took 7 days to go away so for that time she had a bottle than after I breastfeed but I got a bad chest cold so she got the bottle again for 4 days than she got so hooked on the bottle she didnt want me now for some reason she always turns her head to me and trys to eat to I let her latch on last week and she did great but my milk is almost dry I have been pumping but I only get maybe a half of a oz should I keep trying to produce milk or just give up Thanks Ladies
Asked by Anonymous at 2:42 PM on Apr. 20, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:48 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by piwife at 2:55 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
You are not "dried up". Breasts don't go empty. There are glands in the breasts that look like grapes and have a duct that goes to the nipple. The milk gland is a modified sweat gland. The little glands make the milk and it flows out the ducts. The breasts aren't anything like containers. Since your glands are making milk, they can make more milk.
Pumps aren't as good at stimulating the breasts to get the hormonal response as a baby. You may only get half an ounce with a pump but the baby may be able to get 6! The relactation process involves getting the baby to nurse at the breast, establishing a breastfeeding relationship, and eliminating supplemental breastmilk or formula.
Answer by Gailll at 2:57 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
You may be able to relactate in days, it could take longer. It depends on how well your baby takes to the breast. La Leche League Leaders will help with relactation by phone for free.
http://www.kellymom.com/ is a good website.
Answer by Gailll at 2:58 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by Ati_13 at 3:00 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by Ati_13 at 3:02 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 3:03 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
I'm glad Precious mentioned about the cold. You can brestfeed when you are sick and with almost all meds. You could have breastfed with the spinal headache even if you were taking painkillers. Moms with C-sections take pain killers all the time. I realize you had to lay flat and that would have made it more difficult. What I want to stress with going through all the dedication of relactating you may need to avoid bottles or your baby may not take bottles. I breastfed 3 babies over 2 years each and they never had bottles.
Answer by Gailll at 3:04 PM on Apr. 20, 2010