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    Default Re-lactating without an Rx.

    Anyone been successful with this?

    My background: Breastfed DS1 for 21 months, never supplement, pumped at worked. Drank some Mothers Milk tea now and then, no issues with supply.

    DS2: Breastfed for 5 months, he really liked the bottles and it was hard getting him to suck hard enough to up my supply and he would just SCREAM and we slowly ended up nursing less and giving bottles more. He's 6 months old now and I REALLY want to re-lactate. Seems like the only successful stories I can find are people who took Reglan/Domperidone. Domperidone is not available in the US and Reglan can cause depression and I don't want to mess around with that.

    I spoke to a LLL leader already and know about water and galactagogues, I do have Lactate Support capsules: http://www.amazon.com/Gaia-Herbs-Lac...2343912&sr=8-1 I am pumping as often as I can and only getting drops so far, been 2 days. I've looked at an SNS and if I am able to get any kind of supply back, plan to get one.

    So any advice/tips/stories?


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    How long has it been since you stopped nursing at the breast? There is no reason you shouldn't be able to see a difference in supply with a pumping regimine and adding in golactagogues.

    how often are you pumping and for how long. I know you said as often as possible but what is the physical number.

    how much are you able to pump in an entire day if you add it all up.

    what type of pump are you using and how old is it.

    Are you allergic to ANYTHING

    Sorry for all the questions but need the whole picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherrykitten View Post
    How long has it been since you stopped nursing at the breast? There is no reason you shouldn't be able to see a difference in supply with a pumping regimine and adding in golactagogues.

    how often are you pumping and for how long. I know you said as often as possible but what is the physical number.

    how much are you able to pump in an entire day if you add it all up.

    what type of pump are you using and how old is it.

    Are you allergic to ANYTHING

    Sorry for all the questions but need the whole picture

    *sorry for the spelling, typing from new phone!*
    1 month since he nursed at the breast and ive gotten him to latch a few times but he mainly just bites and gets mad when i even put him in position.

    I'm pumping for 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day right now because I work during the day so I'm pumping in the evening.

    I'm not able to pump any measurable amount, the first day I got like a teaspoon and was so excited but now since, MAYBE drops! ETA: I just tried hand expressing and got like a teaspoon.

    I'm using a Medela that I've owned for 2 years but only used about 4 months total.

    I'm allergic to an antibiotic, that's it.
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    you can do this!! Dont lose hope.. remember sometimes just the act of pumping, stressing, exc can keep you from having a letdown, if your having better success with the hand pump use that instead. Have you tried latching him on again to see how that goes?
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    Have you tried pumping first thing in the mornings? For most women that is the time of day they get the most milk.

    I think your body will respond better if you set up a regular schedule - say every 3 hours during the daytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelymomma View Post
    you can do this!! Dont lose hope.. remember sometimes just the act of pumping, stressing, exc can keep you from having a letdown, if your having better success with the hand pump use that instead. Have you tried latching him on again to see how that goes?
    He screams like a freaking maniac! All I do is lay him down into position and he loses it. The first day or two he didn't do that, he'd suck for a minute or so and then come off and want his bottle. After this round even after his bottle he is still cranky because he got himself so worked up.

    I did pump this morning, I get drips that just coat the flange basically. Only when I hand express I still get like a teaspoon. This is a very discouraging process especially when your baby SCREAMS at you when you're trying to do what's best for him! How does so much change in just one month?


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    you can get domperidone online if you want to go that route...i know you mentioned not wanting to use reglan b/c of side effects.
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    Here are some suggestions:

    Try power pumping when you are home. Leave the pump out and available at all time and pump for 5-10 minutes every hour, or every time you walk by the pump. The more you pump the better. Pumping every 3ish hours during work is fine but you have to kick it up any chance you can!

    Great job hand expressing! Your body will always respond better to baby and hand expression then to a pump. try hand expressing a few times a day and see how it goes. because it's easier and a bit more discreet you can do it more times a day and not let anyone know you are taking time to do it by dragging out your pump and accessories!

    Get a nipple shield from Target or BRU. Then, when you attempt to latch DS you can use a small syringe to fill the tip of the nipple shield with Formula or EBM. the reason he is screaming is because he isn't getting anything and he's used to the flow of the bottle. you can also help this by doing paced feedings and not letting him just suck down an entire bottle without having to "work" for it.

    Look into getting a Supplemental Nursing System. There are a few that you can buy online and also some websites that show you what you need to make one yourself. I prefer ones that have the bottle attached insted of the gravity flow. It works more like a straw instead of a constant flow and again makes baby work for food. This will calm baby down and remind him that food comes from your breast, kind of a positive reinforcement.

    talk with your bosses. If you are comfortable with it talk with them about what you are trying to do and see if there is a way that you can add in more time to pump/hand express if they will let you. It's worth a shot

    And finally, please consult a local Lacation Consultant if you feel that you need more help or before adding in any type of medication into your routine. while there are some that are found to be safer they need to be properly addressed and your DR should be involved as well. Taking any type of prescription medication should be treated as such
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    Kat, amazing input!!!
    Keky, you can do it!
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    You got some great advice.
    The only thing I can think of is to try latching your DS in a different position. Instead of cross cradle, try a football hold, where he can sit up more. Change sides too.

    My DD is cutting teeth, and she favors one side and one position over the other.

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