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back to breast? update..update with question

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM
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I know I have asked this before but I couldn't find my original post. My son will be 8 months the 14 and I would really love trying to get him back to breastfeeding even if its part time. But I was told that becaude he has been bottle fed for almost two months now that he wont latch back onto me.
Is it possible? I really miss the bond between us and he still pulls on my shirt and gets mad when I won't open them up lol.
But I don't have a pump and can't afford a new one..or is a pump even needed? I feel so lost

Update: so I was able to get my son to latch last night for a few moments and when he unmatched he had the biggest cheeses smile ever it made me feel awesome Lol

Update 2: so today I offered my breast after his bottle and he didn't pull away screaming. He looked in amazement as I hand expressed my very sticky milk. He licked it....and just snuggled into it. We will get there.

Update 2 with question: so he still really has no interest in latching. I talked with my lactation consultant ans she said its because I don't just drip. She suggested maybe a nipple shield could help with dripping some formula inside of it and she if he latches that way. She also said I need a pump so I can pump and up my supply. So I feel more discouraged now than before. Would a nipple shield possibly help? I think I may just take my loss though and feel proud I nursed him for 5.5 months
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Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Hugs mama. It definitely is possible! Have you called your insurance to see if they will cover a pump for you? Have you tries latching him yet?
Here is a great resource on kellymom

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/
Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Put baby to breast often

Aim for 10 breastfeeding sessons per day. If baby is not breastfeeding well, work with your lactation consultant.

Image credit: Jerry Bunkers on flickr

Method for weaning from supplements

Do not drop supplements suddenly – this should be a gradual process.

1. Prepare: Talk to baby’s health care provider and get his/her input. Record supplement amounts for a few days to determine how much supplement baby is getting per day. Use expressed milk for supplements if available. If you don’t have enough expressed milk, add banked milk or formula. 2. Days 1-3: Take the current supplement amount (#1) and reduce by 1 oz (30 mL). Note that you’re not reducing 1 oz at every feeding, but 1 oz over the entire day. Monitor baby’s wet & dirty diapers. If diaper count is good, then do not exceed this amount of supplement each day – keep putting baby back to the breast if he wants to eat more. 3. Days 4-6: Take the current supplement amount (#2) and reduce by 1 oz (30 mL). Monitor baby’s wet & dirty diapers. If diaper count is good, then do not exceed this amount of supplement each day – keep putting baby back to the breast if he wants to eat more. 4. Days 7-9: Take the current supplement amount (#3) and reduce by 1-2 oz (30-60 mL) – try 2 oz if things are going well. Monitor baby’s wet & dirty diapers. If diaper count is good, then do not exceed this amount of supplement each day – keep putting baby back to the breast if he wants to eat more. 5. Continue the above method, slowly reducing the amount of supplement every 2-3 days as long as baby’s diaper count and weight gain indicate that he’s getting enough milk. Once you get to the point that the supplements are only expressed milk (no formula), then you can usually proceed at a faster pace–at this point you are making enough milk for baby and just need to transition baby to getting milk only at the breast (when not separated from mom). 6. If baby’s weight gain or diaper count are borderline or inappropriate, then spend several more days at the same supplement level, or return to the previous supplement level and proceed at a slower pace. 7. Monitor baby’s growth. Weigh baby at least once a week to ensure that he is gaining appropriately. Get another weight check a week after baby is completely back to the breast, to reassure yourself that things are going well. Keep in touch with baby’s health care provider throughout this process.

Pump to increase supply

Pumping will help you to increase supply faster, plus you will be able to use your milk instead of formula for any needed supplements. Your aim in pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to empty the breasts more often. The more milk you remove, the more milk you will produce. A hospital-grade double pump will save time and maximize your pumping efforts. Until supply is well established, it is important to get at least eight good nursing and/or pumping sessions per 24 hours. Ten sessions per day is better. If baby does not breastfeed at a feeding, pump for 20-30 minutes, or for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. If baby breastfeeds, but does not soften the breast well, pump for 10-15 minutes after nursing. If baby softens the breast well, then adding pumping sessions between breastfeeding sessions is most helpful. Empty the breast as thoroughly as possible at each session. To ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. Use breast massage prior to pumping, and massage and compressions during pumping to better empty the breasts and increase pumping output.

This method of reducing supplements was adapted from the methods used by Kathy Kuhn — Thanks, Kathy!

Go to Breastfeeding Log – Weaning from supplements

Go to professional handouts to view handouts on weaning from supplements

More information on transitioning baby back to breastfeeding

Help — My Baby Won’t Nurse! Relactation and Adoptive Nursing Weaning from a nipple shield

@ other websites

The “Finish at the Breast” Method of Supplementation – Christina Smillie, MD, IBCLC, suggests an alternative way to use bottles for supplementation that she believes results in less supplementation, improved feeding at breast, less need for pumping, and an ultimately greater milk supply as a result of improved milk removal. Info from by Kathy Kuhn, IBCLC on reducing supplements: Weaning from Supplements, In: Supplementing the Breastfed Baby by Paula Yount Weaning from formula supplements Method for weaning from formula supplements More on weaning from supplements Transitioning a preemie back to the breast More on getting a preemie to the breast More from Kathy Kuhn, IBCLC: Weaning from a supplemental nursing system How to Go From Bottle to Breastfeeding
Seximama23
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM
I have and they don't because its not medically necessary. Thats part of the reason I weaned my double pump had broken (used ameda) and so I wasn't able to remove milk well..and yes I did hand expression but was never good at it

Quoting Precious333: Hugs mama. It definitely is possible! Have you called your insurance to see if they will cover a pump for you? Have you tries latching him yet?
Here is a great resource on kellymom

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/
tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Sep. 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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There is nothing in the new law that says it must be medically necessary.  Tell them you are a breastfeeding mom and you want the pump, period, plain and simple

Quoting Seximama23: I have and they don't because its not medically necessary. Thats part of the reason I weaned my double pump had broken (used ameda) and so I wasn't able to remove milk well..and yes I did hand expression but was never good at it
Quoting Precious333: Hugs mama. It definitely is possible! Have you called your insurance to see if they will cover a pump for you? Have you tries latching him yet? Here is a great resource on kellymom http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/


gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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You were told by who? Because it's not true. Open up the shirt! He's telling you what he wants! 

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Are you working? If not, you don't need a pump. Just put baby to breast as often as possible.

Seximama23
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM
Not working...stay at home mom.

Quoting gdiamante:

Are you working? If not, you don't need a pump. Just put baby to breast as often as possible.

Seximama23
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM
I called my insurance (state insurance through Michigan) when my son was about 6 weeks that I wanted the pump..and was told unless I was away from the child for medical reasons I couldn't get it. And also with my insurance wic gives out pumps but only to working moms..unless something has changes since jan

Quoting tabi_cat1023:

There is nothing in the new law that says it must be medically necessary.  Tell them you are a breastfeeding mom and you want the pump, period, plain and simple

Quoting Seximama23: I have and they don't because its not medically necessary. Thats part of the reason I weaned my double pump had broken (used ameda) and so I wasn't able to remove milk well..and yes I did hand expression but was never good at it

Quoting Precious333: Hugs mama. It definitely is possible! Have you called your insurance to see if they will cover a pump for you? Have you tries latching him yet?
Here is a great resource on kellymom

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/decrease-formula/

Seximama23
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM
I was told by his doctor that because he was so used to the artificial nipple he wouldn't latch to me..

I know it can be done..but what can I do to get him to latch..he tries but gets mad

Quoting gdiamante:

You were told by who? Because it's not true. Open up the shirt! He's telling you what he wants! 

MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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Can't remember--do you have an SNS? How would it be if you tried laying down and latching when he's sleepy?
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