Mothering Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello All,<br><br>
Just wanted to introduce myself and ask a couple questions. My name is Alison. I have 2 DDs, 2yrs and 3 months. I am currently in the process of trying to relactate for my 3 month old. She had very bad Jaundice and wouldn't gain weight. Everyone told me the only way was supplementing w/ formula. So, not wanting my baby to starve and taking the advice of Drs who are supposed to know what they are talking about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> thats what I did and now I regret it. I did BF for 2 weeks and I pumped for 7 weeks after that. Then I just couldn't keep up w/ her so I gave up. It took about a week to dry up. Now she is 14 weeks so I've been dry for 4 full weeks. This past week after some heavy research I have been putting her to the breast again (which she seems to be doing ok w/, I dribble formula in to her mouth to keep her interested) and pumping in between when I can. W/ a 2yr old it makes things a little more challenging.<br>
Has anyone here gone through this process? I've been pushing the water, eatting oatmeal, trying to find a good LC in my area, are there any more tips or suggestions you might have for me? I've heard taking Fenugreek is a good help but not even sure where to find it or what dosage I would need. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
135 Posts
Hi Alison,<br><br>
Good for you that you want to BF your DD again. I don't think drs always really know what they are talking about; I'm sorry yours made you stop BFing.<br><br>
You can definitely relactate. I induced lactation when we adopted our DD (she's 1 year old), so I would think relactating isn't quite as hard. I used a "lact-aid", a supplementer or nurser system. Basically you have a little baggy (sterile, disposible) with formula (or EBM if you have it) around your neck with a tiny little tube that you tape so that the end is at the end of your nipple. The baby then sucks and gets the formula, so that she doesn't get frustrated. There is Mother's Milk Tea, which has fenugreek in it. Didn't help me with DD, does help with DS now, but he's bio, so I didn't have to induce. I took Motilium (Domperidone) to help boost my supply, although the first drops came in before starting it, just from the stimulation from the baby nursing.<br><br>
There's a board for adoptive nursing I used to be on when I started, which also has a message board for relactating. Here's the link:<br><a href="http://www.fourfriends.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php" target="_blank">http://www.fourfriends.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php</a><br><br>
I'm sure they'd have lots more info. I don't think you can get Motilium in the US anymore. I got mine from New Zealand. Let me know if you want to get it and have trouble finding it, I'm sure I can dig out that website somewhere...<br><br>
Good luck to you, you can definitely do it. And it will be so worth it.<br><br>
Edith
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
204 Posts
this is something i have been going through for the past few weeks, although my baby is a lot younger than yours, and had only been totally off the breast for a week or week and a half. at any rate, my milk had all dried up.<br><br>
i tried taking fenugreek. it seemed to help, but made my migraines worse, so i stopped taking it. i think there are good dosage recs at kellymom.com. i also bit the bullet and rented a medela lactina pump, and started pumping every two or three hours. (huge pain in the butt, but it works). i didn't use a sns, but have heard that they do help, although they tend to further complicate feeding time, for you, at least. do get in touch with a lc. she should be able to point you in the right direction.<br><br>
anyway, it can work. i've been trying about 2 and a half weeks, and baby is probably getting 75% of his milk from me.<br><br>
good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the info. I'm still waiting for the LC to get back w/ me so we can make an appt but I really hope this works. Does anyone know, should you wait till you are seeing milk to start the Fenugreek or is it ok to start immediately?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,068 Posts
I relactated when my dd was 3 weeks old. She had been off the breast for about a week - 10 days and my milk was essentially gone. She was at an age where she wanted to nurse around the clock so I didn't even bother with a pump. If your dd is going 2-3 hours without nursing you might want to rent a medela lactina (or similar) pump.<br><br>
What did the trick for us was staying in bed and nursing for 3-4 days. Do you have someone to help with your 2y/o?<br><br>
My milk came back rapidly because we'd only been off track for a short time. It seems like 4 weeks isn't too long either and hopefully you'll be back in business soon!<br><br>
Good for you for giving your daughter the best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> You can definately do this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
921 Posts
I just wanted to say "good for you" for trying to relactate... Its never too late, and breastfeeding is more than just giving your baby food- its comfort, bonding, and deeply emotional as well... so the benefits, even when you might have to supplement with formula are vastly more than just nutritional. Keep up the good work mama! I also know a mom who *started* breastfeeding her child at a little under a year.... it was more of a nurturing/comforting thing and I thought she was fabulous.<br>
Take care
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top