Is it too late to start BFing again?

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Registered: 01-19-2009
Is it too late to start BFing again?
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 12:21pm

Hi! My LO is 9 months old now... it goes by too fast... and i have been exclusively pumping since she was 3 months, i went back to work and she didn't want my boob anymore. I recently was promoted and didn't want to ask my new manager if i could pump so i am only pumping 2x a day now, when i wake up and when i go to bed.... but my milk supply i have stocked up is running low and i only have 4 more months to meet my goal....MY QUESTION IS is it too late to get Lana to BF again? And how should i go about doing this? My Pediatrician says if shes hungry she'll take what she can get, but at this point how do i "force" my boob to her?? I need my milk supply to go back up what should i do...I use to pump 30 + oz a day, now I'm lucky if i get 10 oz.



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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 1:30pm

It's definitely worth a try to get her back to breast but I'll be honest that at 9 months old, it will likely be tricky.

Is it an option to start pumping again during the day? In many states, it's the law that they need to provide you pumping breaks and a place to pump if you ask. Have you tried fenugreek and/or blessed thistle for a supply boost?

Also, are you continuing to only use the slowest flow bottle nipples? Do you use paced bottle feeding when you feed her?

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 4:02pm

Hi there-

It certainly can't hurt to give it a shot! Here are some tips on getting baby comfy with the breast:

~Lots of skin to skin at the breast so baby can learn to enjoy being near the breast, just for fun without any pressure to bf.

~If the latch or suck is not happening to try no longer than 10 minutes or even shorter if the baby is getting very upset. We don't want to keep "forcing" the issue.

~Try to feed at the bare breast via the bottle. (meaning bare the breast, and put baby is nursing position, then feed via bottle or alternative method, like finger feeding or syringe feeding, etc.).

~feed the baby first (with bottle) or feed at least part of the feeding so the baby is more comfy before trying at the breast. Taking edge off hunger can help calm the baby, often making them more willing to nurse. (one can take edge off with bottle, then half way through feed offer the breast). OR feed with bottle (entire feeding, not just half way through)


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 09-13-2009 - 4:07pm

Dee, here’s a little more for you. I agree it may be hard but who knows? We can never predict a baby’s reaction. I think you’ll definitely have better odds of success if you build the supply via the pump too. Hang in there with the pumping, even if you increase pumping sessions you may only get your same