B.P. asks from Helena, MT on December 22, 2006
Breastfeeding - Helena, MT
My son is now 1 month old. I stopped breastfeeding after 2 weeks because he was using my breasts as a comfort thing and I was worn out. I was doing excellent nursing besides that. Now I feel guilty because I quit. Does anyone know if it is possible to start nursing again even if I haven't nursed for the last 2 weeks?? Is is possible to produce milk again?? I would like to breastfeed now that he is more on a schedule.
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I really appreciate everyone's responses and encouragement. I tried to get him to latch on and he wouldn't. I have tried several times and he doesn't want anything to do with it. I guess I am just going to stick to the bottle. Thanx again for everything!!
S.M. answers from Des Moines on December 23, 2006
B., you can absoutly start breastfeeding again. It will take a few days to a week (possibly two) to get back up to full supply, so just nurse him as long as you can, and if he still seems hungry, then suppliment with a bottle. He may be resistant to nursing because it's easier to get food from a bottle than a breast,but if you stick with it, he should come around. If you have a pump, I would also recomend pumping after feeding him to helpincrease the supply. But one thing I would caution you about is the guilt factor. Think about that before you start this process, make sure its something you want to do for your son, and for your self, and not something you are doing because guilt says you have to. If you have to take a week or longer to think about it, you should. In that time, you could start pumping to get your supply back up and make the transition easier if you do decide to go ahead with nursing.
There is no expiration on nursing ability. There are adoptive mothers who have never given birth who were able to nurse their babies (with a little help in the beginning from a supplimental nursing system), and there have been cases of granmothers who have nursed their grand children because mom wasn't around, and neither was a bottle. So don't give up, but do make suer you are restarting for the right reasons, and not just because of guilt.
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S.P. answers from Great Falls on December 23, 2006
Both of my boys were bottle fed and we have a strong bond and they turned out healthy. Don't let anyone guilt you into breastfeeding. I think it may take some work but you should be able to start nursing again, if that's what you want. I can understand you might not want to be "comfort only' nursing mom.
J.S. answers from Sioux Falls on December 23, 2006
I don't have any advice for you on the breast feeding. Sorry. Have you tried contacting your local LeLeche consultant? If you don't know who that is, you could call the hospital where you had your son and they could refer you to someone that could tell you exactly what you need to do to start back up again. Are you still producing any milk? I would think you could up your production if maybe you were trying to pump yourself also. Just a thought.
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R.K. answers from Fargo on December 22, 2006
Yes you can!!!! You can start by having him nurse & then do a bottle at each feeding. It is so great that you are willing to do this for your child. Don't feel guilty about stopping, just go forward from now. You may find it helpful to pump, or you could also look into getting a SNS (Supplemental Nursing System) too help with the switch. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!
A.G. answers from Casper on December 27, 2006
Yes you can still breastfeed. WE adopted our daughter in 2002 and I was told you could even breastfeed a adopted child so i tried it, and I was able to sucessfully breast feed my daughter! Good luck!
M.D. answers from Sioux City on December 24, 2006
You should be able to produce milk, just attach your baby to your breast and see what he does. You can also talk to your OBGYN about it, there may be some drug you can get to produce milk. Fenugreek helps alot with producing milk too, it's an herbal supplement you take. Your son may not have been using your breasts as a comfort thing, babies that young nurse quite frequently because they are getting the milk, and they need to nurse often when they are so young. I am breastfeeding my daughter, she'll be 10 months in a week. She's doing great with it. It's so much easier nursing when you are a stay at home mom. I love it it's such a joy to breastfeed, a good bonding experience between the baby and you. Hope you'll be able to breastfeed again.
A.R. answers from Omaha on December 22, 2006
Since it's only been two weeks, I'd even try just letting him suckle and see if that stimulates your milk. You might try to pump too... but baby is really the best at getting your milk going. It is so hard to nurse but so rewarding for you both. I'm about ready to wean my baby girl - she is almost 16 months.
K.B. answers from Billings on December 22, 2006
Yes u can start breastfeeding again u just have to give him both breast and bottle for a while until u start producing enough milk again I stopped when my kids were 2 months and i felt guilty too so I give u props for wanting to continue not to mention you will lose alot of weight breastfeeding and it is better for him. Good luck