Asked by Anonymous at 7:12 AM on Apr. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Yes, there are many different ways to bring your milk back. Even some adoptive mother (never have given birth) have been able to do this. Go to Google and look up something like "how to re lactate". There is a ton of websites that offer information on this. You may want to contact La Leche League as well as they seem to have the most information about this and there is probably a group that meets near you.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 7:35 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 8:11 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:55 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
Breastmilk doesn't really "dry up". Your breasts are containers that go empty. The milk producing glands are modified sweat glands and the hormone prolactin tells the gland to make milk. The hormone oxytocin tells the gland to contract and send the milk through that gland's duct to it's opening at the nipple.
You need to get these hormones working better so they are stimulating the milk glands. How that's done is stimulation to the nipple. The baby does it best. A rental hospital pump is second best. With stimulation the message goes from the breast to the brain to make the prolactin and oxytocin.
You don't need drugs, herbs, extra fluids, or a special diet.
http://www.kellymom.com/ is a good website
Answer by Gailll at 10:56 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
I meant to say your breasts aren't containers ...
Answer by Gailll at 10:57 AM on Apr. 30, 2010
You don't need drugs or a special diet, but things such as fenugreek, oatmeal, or even prescription medications (gasp!) CAN help increase milk production once you get things started. Gailll- I'm not quite sure what your problem with drugs/herbs is...
But Gailll is right about one thing- stimulation is key!
Answer by kynziesmom at 8:30 PM on May. 1, 2010