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If my breast milk has dried up is there anyway to get it back?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:12 AM on Apr. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 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.

    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 7:35 AM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Sure. The best way is baby suckling, if baby will latch. Also, pumping every 2 hrs, oatmeal, fenugreek, there are a lot of things, but you may not need them. How long since you've weaned? I also recommend your local LLL.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:11 AM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • YES you likely can. (Are you on hormonal birth control with estrogen in it? If so, immediately switch to progestin only or stop taking it and use condoms or a diaphragm) Join Breastfeeding Mom's and go join LLL, all will help you!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 AM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Are you sure your milk has dried up? So we can better help you, how old is your baby? Have you been BFing consistantly? Have you supplemented with formula? Did you stop BFing for any length of time? Why do you thing your milk has dried up?
    ThrivingMom

    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

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 10:56 AM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I meant to say your breasts aren't containers ...

    Gailll

    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!

    kynziesmom

    Answer by kynziesmom at 8:30 PM on May. 1, 2010

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