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i had a baby a month ago and now i wanna breastfeed is it still possible even though hes been on formula

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Dorothy T.

Asked by Dorothy T. at 11:12 AM on Oct. 28, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Have you tried to pump at all? Give it a try and see if anything comes out. Hes only a month Im sure you can get your supply up. Before giving him his bottle latch him on for as long as he will, then feed him and pump in between feedings. Good Luck.
    kiansmom0423

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 11:13 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • If pumping and latching don't work, your dr can prescribe drugs and herbs to bring milk in. It may or may not work. Be wary though because some of the side effects of these drugs are pretty bad.
    SweetLoveofMine

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 11:15 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • I highly doubt he will cooperate with that. Because it is so easy to get the formula from the bottle he will probably not enjoy having to work to get the breastmilk out. I had to do both with my daughter because I couldn't get my production up and she pretty much quit even trying to feed on me when she realized how easy the bottle was. Plus, he is used to the taste of formula and breastmilk will taste very strange to him. Are you even producing milk still?
    an-apple-a-day

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 11:16 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • If you are still producing milk, then you can try to pump and give it to him in a bottle, since it is easier for babies to get the milk from the bottle he might not take to latching on and getting the milk directly from the breast. Your breast milk will not hurt him any, if you are worried about that. Some women breast and bottle feed so as long as you can produce the milk to supply him with you should be fine.
    sheloveearth

    Answer by sheloveearth at 11:20 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html This is a great site with lots of info on "RELACTATING". Yes, you can nurse your child at any time. You can even nurse and adopted child. Google relactation and read everything you can. It takes some effort, but, it is well worth it and is possible. I wish you all the luck in the world. 

    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:31 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • try pinching the nipples like you would a cow...and if milk comes our pump like crazzy for a few days and milk should start producing again....good luck...
    lechnermomof4

    Answer by lechnermomof4 at 11:49 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • yes!
    put him to the breast as often as possible!
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 12:15 PM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • It is absolutely possible. The first step is to see if he will latch when you offer breast. If so, put him to breast as often as possible. This will encourage your body to increase production. You can also pump a few times a day for added stimulation. You also might want to get a supplemental nursing system, that way when you feed formula, you can do so at the breast, so baby will receive both formula and breast milk at the same time, and this will also stimulate your supply. Hope this information is helpful to you, and please, feel free to ask me anything else you might want to know.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:27 PM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • Even if you don't see any milk when you squeeze or pump, don't let this discourage you. Suckling and/or pumping can, and most of the time will bring your supply BACK, even if you have completely dried up, although at only one month post partum, it isn't likely that you have completely dried up.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:31 PM on Oct. 28, 2010

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