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Hello everyone...(here it goes)<br><br>
My son was born via c-section on April 30, 2007 (due to the stupid doctor; whole nother story). Anyway, I was soooo drugged up and had no concept of what was going on. Long story short I didn't get to bond with my son or attempt to breastfeed him his first week.<br><br>
When we got home...I was so depressed and horrified about what had happened to me. I couldn't get my thoughts together. I cried for everything.<br><br>
When I found this forum it was a major blessing. I found other women who were just like me, facing the same challenges in life. I knew then I wasn't crazy.<br><br>
So ok, I gave you ladies a brief history. When my son was just about to turn two months old, I noticed my breasts began to leak. OMG! I couldn't believe it. And get this...it happened while I was having sex. I know TMI but it's the truth. Some how they were stimulated.<br><br>
I knew then that mother nature prevailed. It was such an awesome feeling. I felt like a woman again. Weird, I know.<br><br>
So I began to research and even called a LLC here in town and spoke to one of the consultants. She said hey "never hurts to try". I tried and to my amazement my son latched on like a pro!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
I tried nursing him every night or any chance I would get. Sometimes he would get too fussy. I figure it was lack of me not producing enough milk. Then one night he just didn't want to take the breast. He fussed and struggled, so I put the little guy down. I felt bad. I checked to see if I still had milk and I did. Of course not gallons or gushing out but I squeezed some out and I didn't have to try hard either.<br><br>
So here I am...my son is 4 months old today. I still have some breastmilk. So here are my questions:<br><br>
1. Should I try to pump to keep my breastmilk up?<br>
2. Would a breast pump help stimulate more milk to be produced?<br>
3. If so, what type of breast pump should I buy?<br>
4. What other methods could I try to stimulate or produce more milk?<br><br>
Oh and before I forget...I didn't get a period this month. I don't know if it's because of the breastfeeding I've been trying to do or what. And yes ladies I took a pregnancy twice and both negative. And we've been careful.<br><br>
5. Is that normal???? No periods????<br><br>
Thanks for hearing me out. I would love any info ya can provide me. I really do appreciate it.<br><br>
Thank you sistas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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So here I am...my son is 4 months old today. I still have some breastmilk. So here are my questions:<br><br>
1. Should I try to pump to keep my breastmilk up?<br><b><i>I would</i></b><br>
2. Would a breast pump help stimulate more milk to be produced?<br><b><i>breastmilk is produced depending on the demand, so you would certainly stimulate your milk production <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></i></b><br>
3. If so, what type of breast pump should I buy?<br><b><i>I'm a fan of the cheap and IMO and experience, highly effective Avent Isis manual</i></b><br>
4. What other methods could I try to stimulate or produce more milk?<br><b><i>nursing tea, and I can't think of any others right now - sorry</i></b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Oh and before I forget...I didn't get a period this month. I don't know if it's because of the breastfeeding I've been trying to do or what. And yes ladies I took a pregnancy twice and both negative. And we've been careful.<br><br>
5. Is that normal???? No periods????<br><b><i>yup, although it's also normal to nurse and have periods</i></b></div>
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I know a lot of Mamas can and will answer your questions better than I was able to, but I hope I helped a little.
 

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Info on relactation:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/relactation-resources.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/rel...resources.html</a><br><a href="http://www.lact-aid.com/rpt025.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lact-aid.com/rpt025.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/html/Relactation.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/h...actation.shtml</a><br><br>
I would definitely get a double electric pump, Medela Pump In Style is sold at Target and Toys R Us or Babies R Us for about $250. The only other store-bought pump I'd recommend is Lansinoh Double Electric (some Walmarts will have them, and some Targets) for about $150. You can get it on Amazon for $125 with free shipping. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB000P9XJ5E%2Fref%3Dnosim%2F%3Ftag%3Ddealtime-hpc-20%26creative%3D380333%26creativeASIN%3DB000P9XJ5E%26linkCode%3Dasn" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P9XJ5E/...E&linkCode=asn</a> Or you can order the Ameda Purely Yours for $150 - $200 at <a href="http://www.amedababy.com" target="_blank">www.amedababy.com</a>
 

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You might want to try renting a hospital grade breast pump. It will work better for building supply than the Pump In Style, and renting will cost you less.<br><a href="http://medela.findlocation.com/" target="_blank">http://medela.findlocation.com/</a>
 

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So I began to research and even called a LLC here in town and spoke to one of the consultants. She said hey "never hurts to try". I tried and to my amazement my son latched on like a pro!!!!!!!!!!<br>
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mr_faithhopelove.<br>
I think your chances are pretty good. Your son is still fairly young and showing some interest and some signs of nursing skills. Here is my standard spiel on Relactation.<br><br>
Good luck and lease keep us posted.<br><br>
RELACTATION<br>
Below are a number of links on Re-Lactation and Teaching Nursing Skills resources. The last link is to an article on the re-lactation protocol developed by Newman.<br><br>
I periodically post these links and find that the addresses often change. I checked them all and updated where necessary. If you would like to find them later you may want to save this information in a word processing document so you can look up the article name on a meta search engine (like Dogpile). Usually it's a simple matter of copy/pasting the article name into the search field of the meta search engine of your choice and the article you're looking for will usually be one of the first results. You may need to look carefully since occasionally some of the results will be for related resources linking the article in question but that is often a dead link as well.<br><br>
I have learned the hard way it is usually more efficient to search using a meta search engine rather than the site the article comes from. Unfortunately, some of the search features on these various sites are unreliable, notably Kellymom.com, so even if you have a "Key Word" from the article you can't be guaranteed to find it by using that site's search function.<br><br>
LINKS<br>
MDC thread: She latched after 13 weeks<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions...#pos" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...#pos</a> t8914710<br><br>
La Leche League article: Phoebe's Journey (re: a Mom that re-lactated for a 10 1/2 month adopted Chinese girl)<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug06p166.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug06p166.html</a><br><br>
I would like to resume breastfeeding after an interruption. How do I relactate?<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.html</a><br><br>
Relactation and Induced Lactation Resources<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html</a><br><br>
Adoptive Breastfeeding & Relactation<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html</a><br><br>
Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding: The Basics<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html</a><br><br>
Help -- My Baby Won't Nurse!<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a><br><br>
Re-Birthing: Help For Latch On Problems<br><a href="http://www.lactationconsultant.info/rebirth.html" target="_blank">http://www.lactationconsultant.info/rebirth.html</a><br><br>
When a Baby Refuses to Nurse<br><a href="http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx</a><br><br>
Helping a Mother with a Baby Who Is Reluctant to Nurse<br><a href="http://www.llli.org//llleaderweb/LV/LVOctNov99p99.html" target="_blank">http://www.llli.org//llleaderweb/LV/LVOctNov99p99.html</a><br><br>
My Baby Just Doesn't Get It<br><a href="http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing/trouble/babyget.html" target="_blank">http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing...e/babyget.html</a><br><br>
The Protocols for Induced Lactation A Guide for Maximizing Breastmilk Production<br><a href="http://www.mamadearest.ca/en/info/newman/induced-lactation.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mamadearest.ca/en/info/ne...-lactation.htm</a>
 

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Thank you ladies all for your help. I will take all your tips into consideration. If you come up with anything else, please pm.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">
 

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There are so many good posts here in this thread from very knowledgable moms, so I won't repeat what they've said.<br><br>
I just wanted to add my support for what you're doing. Best wishes to you as you build up your supply! You can do it! There are tons of resources out there!<br><br>
I also wanted to say that I am so, so sorry for what you went through in the early post partum days. Good luck with your healing. Hang in there. It gets better and easier every day!<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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How cool! Good for you for going for it even though you got off to a rough start... sorry about that, mama.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
If I were you, I would just try all the time. I haven't read any of the articles, but I certainly understand supply and demand. Put baby on boob. Repeat, repeat, repeat.<br><br>
How exciting! Good luck!!
 
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