Hi all, I need some real advice on relactation. I have a seven week old baby who i really wanted to breastfeed but he wouldn't latch on so had to bottle feed, my midwife said he was 'crap' at it lol! i have never stopped wanting to breastfeed and feel guilty with every bottle i give him and i know i shouldn't. I seriously want to relactate and need some advice from people who have managed to do it. Today i tried him at the breast out of curiosity and he latched on all by himself twice! although he got mad when he realised there was no fast flowing milk like his bottles! but i feel like i want to try even more now i know he can latch on! any help or advice gladly taken xxxx
ok well it's a long and arduous journey but it can be done!
you need a decent pump. ring your local NCT, they hire them out. a good hospital grade double one will be great if you can get hold of one
you will want to pump around 10 times a day. including a night one (or 2!)
but also latch baby on as often as possible. not only will this keep him used to latching on, but it will stimulate the breasts even if he doesn't get anything much out.
you might also want to look into getting a supplemental nursing system (SNS) which is basically a tube that you tape to the breast which is connected to a bottle. that way you get baby latched on, he suckles at the breast but the milk will be coming through the tube.