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Restarting bf after 6 wk, is it doable?

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ohmamma Sun 24-Aug-08 12:17:57

hello all!

my little boy after 2 weeks from birth stopped to latch on, nothing could work for him,... several hipotesis behind, but now that he is 6wk old, we had few cranio-ost sessions, he grew a lot, getting better with wind and poo,... seems all of a sudden happy to work on the boob but my milk production is now pretty poor. I kept expressing but lately i lost fate and i was doing 1 or 2 a day... so now that he is keen i havent got good flow and much quantity to offer.

I will visit a b councelor on Tues, but i wonder if it is a lost battle???

They say good food, water and rest should do it, though I pretty much in my own as we dont have family and my hubby works long hours. What kind of support should i look for at this point? maternity nurse after 6 wk sounds wrong? night nanny? or should i try to look after the baby and eat, drink and rest well?????

thesockmonsterofdoom Sun 24-Aug-08 12:22:32

It is definatley doable, in fact UI did it.
Rest eat well, attach baby to you as much as you can. have a 24 hour period where every time ds cries or is just awake you attach him.
fennel and raspberry leaf tea can help.

tiktok Sun 24-Aug-08 12:26:15

Yes, it is doable

But good food, water and rest will have virtually no effect at all (big myths - whoever told you this will work knows very little about bf) though they will help you feel better. The only way to be sure of bringing milk back is to remove the milk effectively and often - in your case, this will mean lots and lots of feeding day and night, plus expressing.

Maternity nurse and nanny = utter waste of money. But a cleaner and/or mother's help who will do shopping and cooking, to allow you to concentrate on the baby would be a far better idea

FinalFurlong Sun 24-Aug-08 12:26:17

perfectly posssible, will be time consuming. try not to supplement with formula. stay in bed, let baby suckle as much as possible, dont use a dummy let him have your nipple insted.
just trust your body, the supply will increase after a few days.

IAteRosemaryConleyForBreakfast Sun 24-Aug-08 12:27:20

Not from experience, just general suggestions:

You don't need particular diet or rest, but you will need specialist breastfeeding cousellor or lactation consultant support and advice, loads and loads of skin to skin with your baby, as much time as you can manage on the breast, and I suspect determination. I have heard people suggest taking the baby into the bath with you because it is warm and relaxing and can help with milk flow.

Helplines on RHS here

Call one of the helplines for some pointers before tuesday.

moondog Sun 24-Aug-08 12:32:06

Final, Tiktok is the expert here but I think would be dangerous just to rely on the boob if b/feeding has not happened for nearly 4 weeks.

I would think Ohmamma needs skilled help to reduce formula v gradually bt then again, not enough details here. She needs support of a breastfeeding counsellor.

FinalFurlong Sun 24-Aug-08 12:38:03

sorry missed the bit about the 4week complete gap of feeding.
just giving advice based on my own expierience. i think op is seeing a breastfeeding counsellor on tues anyway.

thesockmonsterofdoom Sun 24-Aug-08 12:47:17

When i did this I did suppliment with formula for about a week, decreasing by 1 ounce per bottle a day.
I would feed from both sides until dd was screaming with frustration and then give her a bottle.
I personally did not do any expressing, the best tool to express your milk is your baby, you just need to spend as much time as possible curled up with baby.

thesockmonsterofdoom Sun 24-Aug-08 12:48:52

and of course eating has little to do with milk production as they would not be able to efed in third world countries but it will help a lot with putting you in the right state of mind to do this. Also it is very importasnt to look after yourself as well as your baby.

tiktok Sun 24-Aug-08 16:46:14

Yep - not using formula is not an option in this situation, as the milk has to brought back (can't be switched on like a tap)....careful and knowledgeable support from the bf counsellor will help you work out a plan of action, ohmamma, so you reduce the formula over time.

ohmamma Sun 24-Aug-08 17:45:16

many thx for the wise advices, i will rest over the w-e, latch on as much as possible and keep up with formula and discuss it with the councellor on tues.

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