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#1 of 4 Old 01-22-2007, 01:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,
I have posted a few threads about this, but I am in the process of weaning my 6 month son. I have made the decision to stop nursing so that I can have a follow up MRI of my breast to make sure I don't have breast cancer. I have looked into all the great suggestions from mothers on this board, and made an informed yet painful decision to stop nursing for the test. So..here is my newest idea...what about relactation. Docs say that I have to wait 2-3 months after I completely stop nursing to get an accurate picture. Charlie, my son, is a great nurser and was from day one loves to suck...is it possible that at 8 months after 2 months of not nursing...I could relactate?
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Sarah,
I'm so sorry you had to make such a difficult decision but it sounds like you're making a well informed decision. I'm sure you are doing the right thing for your set of circumstances.

I know that relactation is possible and you have the advantage of knowing that you want to do this so you can try and maintain your supply by pumping (and presumably dumping.)

Here are some links to give you a sense of what's involved.

Good luck and good health. ~Cath

LINKS
Link to Earlier Thread on this topic:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=287357

Relactation and Induced Lactation Resources
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/rel...resources.html

Adoptive Breastfeeding & Relactation
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html

Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding: The Basics
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html

Help -- My Baby Won't Nurse!
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html

Re-Birthing: Help For Latch On Problems
http://www.lactationconsultant.info/rebirth.html

When a Baby Refuses to Nurse
http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx

Helping a Mother with a Baby Who Is Reluctant to Nurse
http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...tNov99p99.html

My Baby Just Doesn't Get It
http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing...e/babyget.html

The Protocols for Induced Lactation A Guide for Maximizing Breastmilk Production
http://www.mamadearest.ca/en/info/ne...-lactation.htm

I would like to resume breastfeeding after an interruption. How do I relactate?
http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.html

By the way, you may want to check out your local La Leche League meetings for the morale support.

Good luck, ~Cath
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Thanks for all your resources. Do you mean pump and dump once I start relactating. I won't be able to pump and dump while I am not nursing because my breasts need to clean themselves out and there needs to be no lactating hormones in my breasts in order to get a clear picture. So I wouldn't be producing any milk for nearly 3 months. I will contact La Leche League.
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Sorry, I didn't completely understand your question. I was suggesting that you pump during the interim to maintain a supply on the assumption that there was some sort of medication you didn't want your baby exposed to.

If it's just a matter of clearing out the BF'ing hormones and any medications are BF'ing friendly then you should be able to return to BF'ing without Pumping and Dumping. Although you might want to pump to stimulate supply.

If you do wind up on any medications and you are concerned about their compatibility with BF'ing here is a Kellymom link to get you started.

Medications and Breastfeeding: References
http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/medref.html

One of the references at the bottom is to a book by Thomas Hale. He is the most renknowned authority in the area of Medications and Breastfeeding. He does have a website with a data base but it is not very user friendly (hard to navigate) and the last time I checked I couldn't find it. However, a medical professional should be able to post a question there for you. Otherwise, if you were to post a question on these boards someone might be able to help you.

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