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My Milk Is Gone. Can I Relactate?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
My name is Amy and I went to my OB/GYN for my annual and I asked her was there anything I could take to reestablish my milk supply. It's been a 3 ½ month break since I nursed my son (he's 5 ½ months) and she stated once the milk ducts dry up its not possible to relactate. Is this true or not? I just want piece of mind while I start this quest because others say that it is possible but the professional that I'm putting my trust in says no. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Can I Diet While Nursing?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have a two-month-old son who is breastfeeding and hopefully will continue to do so for at least a year.

My diet has always consisted of tons of carbohydrates throughout the day. I would like to cut back on them to feel better about myself (sometimes after eating lots of carbohydrates it's hard for me to get up and move around because I feel so full) and to loose some of this after pregnancy weight. I am 5'3" and weigh 150 pounds. I am still about 25 pounds more than before my pregnancy.

Are Sore Nipples Normal?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I am 32 weeks pregnant with my second child. I would like to breast feed my baby but my nipples are exceptionally tender. I attempted to breast feed my first child but could only stand about 5 days. It was like driving nails through my nipples. Is there anything I can use to desensitize them now and after the baby's born?

My husband mentioned something about a lotion baseball pitcher's use to toughen up their hands and keep them from splitting and bleeding. Can I use something like that or will it effect my baby?

Thank you for your help.

What Should I Do Differently To Make Breastfeeding Work?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I am a mom of three with another baby on the way. I tried to breastfeed my second child but I had alot of problems. My nipples were cracked and bleeding before I even left the hospital. The nurses and consultants said that the baby was latching on correctly, and that it was because the baby had a very strong suckle. I used breast shells to ease the pain between feedings, I soaked my breasts in warm water before feedings to help with letdown, I massaged them, I tried nursing the baby in different positions -- nothing seemed to work.

Need Help With Supply

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
It's been 10 days since the birth of our baby girl. My breast milk took about five days to come in. Our baby wouldn't latch on to me because of my flat nipples. I was given nipple shells, but she didn't like those either. Since then I've been pumping with a double breast pump and bottle feeding in order to supplement with formula since I wasn't producing enough milk.

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