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Relactation homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10

I get a lot of PMs asking me how I relactated, I always end up typing them up a book. So, I'm just going to type it out here, and have it on hand for everyone. You can ignore this if you aren't interested!

I breastfed until my daughter was 4 weeks old. I went to the doctor for a check up, and I asked the doctor what to do about my cracked/bloody nipples. He told me I needed to quit breastfeeding, no questions asked. I was heartbroken, but I though "well, doctors know best." Little did I know at the time, he was wrong. I started to become more active on this website, and saw how many women made it through bloody nipples - and still breastfed! I decided to research relactation. 5 weeks had gone by of formula feeding my daughter - I used to cry with each bottle I gave her. The guilt, for me, was terrible. Formula didn't work very well for her, she was miserable.
I read that fenugreek would help, so I started with that. 3 pills, 3 times a day. I also pumped every hour, for 10 minutes. Along with that, I power pumped. A power pump is where you set aside 1 hour of your day, and pump on and off for 10 minutes each (I did this twice a day.) At this point, my daughter wouldn't latch, so I had to pump like a maniac. Oh, and this chaos was taking place as my husband was still deployed - so trust me, I know how it feels to feel alone/overwhelmed/and a lack of support.
I finally got in to see the LC. She helped me teach my daughter to latch! I cried when I first got her to latch on. So far, I had been pumping for 2 weeks, and was able to pump a small amount. The LC told me to try to nurse exclusively, however if I saw a major decrease in diapers, to offer a bottle of formula after nursing. So, I did. My daughter nurse on average 20 hours a day, not kidding. She slept, she nursed. I slept, she nursed. I used to wake up in the morning, prepare breakfast/lunch/dinner and sit on the couch with all of it plus water bottles...I did nothing, except nurse. My daughter had the min. amount of wet diapers, so I didn't have to give her formula. I had to take my daughter in for weekly weigh-ins. First week, she lost weight. My heart broke into a million pieces; talk about feeling like a failure. My LC encouraged me, so I stuck with it. The next week, my daughter gained 1 ounce!! She set up one more weigh in, just to be safe. An entire pound was gained that next week!!! My LC even shed a few tears with me, I was thrilled.

So, is it possible? Yep. Is it hard? You betchya. This is very possible though, and it's so worth it. I ended up nursing my daughter until she no longer asked for it - around 17 months.

Oh, and if it doesn't work out, please don't feel ashamed. I've said it once and I'll say it again, "A mother's love runs much deeper than how she feeds her child."


Good luck!!

Misty*Twins+1+Twins* 5 kids; Tacoma, Washington 15320 posts
3rd Jun '10

I've been meaning to do the same about BF twins....



Good job mama!

Oye Vey 2 kids; Georgia 19076 posts
3rd Jun '10

thats crazy the doc told you that... I was told to buy that nipple cream. Forgot the name, starts with an " L".



crap gotta stock up on that in a few months lol prob. when I get closer ha ha.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting Misty*Twins+1*[31w]:
HippiHobbitMama 2 kids; Savannah, Georgia 2307 posts
3rd Jun '10

i have to admit that made me tear up.. as a bf armywife going through her first deployment.. and having faced a two times now when i thought i would have to stop nursing.. i cried so hard one morning cause i was so sick from what i thought was ulcers and the BF safe meds werent working and i ws going to have to stop.. omg so inspiring!!

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting BabyGaGa Weather Gal!:
homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting Little Lexa's mommy! {Tea:
Misty*Twins+1+Twins* 5 kids; Tacoma, Washington 15320 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting monster's mommy +1:
*...*...*...* 1 child; Michigan 8230 posts
3rd Jun '10

:( I wish I had did this...Faye has been on the bottle for a little over 2 months now. I can't even squeeze anything out in the shower...Nor do I have my hand held pump anymore....Is 2-3 month to long of a time period to relactate?

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting Misty*Twins+1*[31w]:
homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting Emet (Team Pink):
*...*...*...* 1 child; Michigan 8230 posts
3rd Jun '10
Quoting monster's mommy +1:
_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
4th Jun '10

Thank you SO much for posting this! If I missed this in there, I'm sorry, but what pump did you use at the start? Did you rent a hospital grade or at the start was something less powerful good enough?

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
4th Jun '10
Quoting Teagans_Mom:
_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
4th Jun '10
Quoting monster's mommy +1: