Is it too late to get supply back??

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Is it too late to get supply back??
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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 10:45pm

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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 10:49pm
Yes, it's doable. You may or may not be able to get a full supply back after being totally weaned for two months but you should be able to get at least a partial supply back. Did you run into nursing problems or issues that caused you to switch to formula or was it just personal preference?

I would suggest trying to have baby latch at a time when he's not ravenously hungry. I'd also suggest starting to pump several times a day with a high quality double electric pump. Do you currently own one? You may also want to consider some herbs for a jump start as now but working on latch and pumping regularly are probably your two best first steps. Let us know what you think and we can go from there.
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 8:06am

Thank you!! He was having some trouble with nursing and he had a dairy sensitivity which made it a little harder on me which is why I made the switch. I wasn't totally sold on the idea

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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 12:16pm
Can you help us understand what your goals are with regards to nursing? Are you not looking to have him latch at all and only exclusively pump or are you looking to nurse directly? Is the dairy sensitivity still an issue? Does he need to use special formula? If so, are you planning on doing a dairy elimination diet? What kinds of troubles did he have with nursing?

That's great that you own a Medela double pump. Have you tried pumping yet? Some moms have a good experience with fenugreek for a boost. More info here: http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html. However, fenugreek won't have an impact without frequent removal of milk from the breast.
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 1:15pm

I am wanting to mainly nurse him and have him latch on-if that is possible at this point. If not then I have no problem with exclusively pumping. I have tried to get him to latch on today and he won't :(

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Tue, 06-28-2011 - 9:43am
Yes, Zoloft is definitely compatible with nursing. If baby is sensitive to both dairy and soy, you'll likely need to eliminate both of those from your diet as well. If baby isn't cooperative to nursing directly, then I'd suggest just pumping as frequently as possible to get your supply back. Even if you can't produce a full supply at this point, every ounce you pump is less Alimentum you'll need to buy. Good luck!
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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 11:24am

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 2:31pm
I am happy to answer questions about an elimination diet. I've been off dairy and soy for over a year, corn and peas almost a year, and eggs 9 months. And I'm vegetarian. : )
For latching, two other ideas -- spending time skin to skin can help, as can bathing together. Even if it doesn't work, it's wonderful bonding time!