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Hi,<br>
My son is almost 10 months and after 2 months of no nursing, no pumping I am ready to begin to relactate. I have tried to put Charlie to my breast a few times in the bath, or when in bed and he has no memory of what to do. He will bite down (no teeth, just gums but still hurts), or play with it. I am starting to take Fenugreek and Mothers Tea, and starting tomorrow will begin pumping throughout the day. I am considering buying on of those things that have a tube that goes to your nibble...any other suggestions or advice or sucess stories. I am nervous this wont work,<br>
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Hi,<br><br>
Congrats on trying to relactate. I would continue as you are doing. Keep trying to put him to the breast especially in the bath, at naps, at night. Don't force it. If he does latch it may be not so good at first, and improve over time. Using an SNS is a good idea. Are you using a really good double pump?<br><br>
The fenugreek and mothers milk tea are good ideas and blessed thistle is another good herb. Also you might try domperidone if you are not opposed to prescription medication.<br><br>
HTH!!! Good luck.
 

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One thing that I tried also during relactation with my first was a nipple shield (she was very used to a bottle)... unfortunately I tried all of the above and it didn't work out for us as a nursing pair-- I regained a full supply though I couldn't let down for the pump (so couldn't even give her pumped milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">) but she never would latch again. I was very sad. I had a lot of great tips from ladies here who have been successful, though!<br><br>
One of the tips given to me was to try and latch when your baby is really sleepy (or sleeping) because they may be more relaxed and have a better, more open latch needed for nursing compared to bottle feeding.
 

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LinsluvGJ: Thanks. How did you regain a full supply. Can you give me more details, how old was your babe when you tried to relactate? I haven't heard of any success stories on mdc yet.<br>
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I still had some supply when I started (was still able to hand express some). My daughter was almost 10 months old at the time, had stopped nursing at 7 1/2 months. I used a pump for stimulation every couple hours during the day, drank lots of water, ate oatmeal, and took fenugreek 3 pills 3x a day. I went from barely any expression of milk to being able to squirt it across a room <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: Unfortunately my daughter had no interest in nursing again. She wouldn't have anything to do with my breasts-- she was very attached to her bottle. I tried using a nipple shield at the advice of an LC to see if she would accept that (because it was silicone like the bottle nipple instead of flesh) but she didn't want that either. I wasn't successful at letting down for the pump so unfortunately I couldn't use my supply to my advantage and just pump (which I would have done to be able to get her off formula at the time because of the cost). If you are able to let down for a pump, it may be able to be used to your advantage I would think in getting him used to the difference in taste (bm tastes a lot different than formula IMO).<br><br>
Search the boards for relactation and you'll find some of the previous threads on it including success stories. I imagine a lot of those ladies may still be around the boards just not necessarily looking in the breastfeeding section anymore depending on their childrens' ages. Grace turns 4 in June and those were moms who had done it prior to me so that gives you a guideline of how far back to look lol.
 
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