I am already taking the Fenugreek 3times a day and pumping as often as I remember and am keeping a log of when and how long I pump. Does anyone have any other advice on getting breast feeding started again and getting my baby to maybe latch on? And also how long until I can expect milk when I pump? Any advice is helpful and much appreciated. I really really want to do this!
I would check out Jack Newman's website and lowmilksupply.org as well
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You're impressive, sounds like a tough breastfeeding start. I'd take a look at some baby led latch information and videos because that's a non threatening way of introducing your breast to your baby. Definitely hand express a little milk onto your nipple before trying, and make sure your baby isn't over hungry or overtired before you start as this will be harder.
With the pumping thing don't think about how much you're getting out, it's more about doing it as often as possible. Getting the pump out for a few minutes just to get a let down every hour (or less - maybe half hours whenever you have that time too) is better than going for ages every 2-4 hours (during the day obviously, do whatever is suiting you best at night)
You may even end up trying the baby led latch position with the bottle first, but close to your nipple and som emilk on your nipple if the first approach doesn't work
Good luck xx
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Have you thought about trying nipple shields? I had to switch to bottle feeding briefly when my LO was less than one week old because my nipples were just to raw and sore. When I was finally ready to put him back on my breast, I found nipple shields worked really well to help with the transition since they look/feel more like a bottle nipple and are much easier for latching. Good luck!
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