I stopped breastfeeding my baby a few weeks ago but would like to start again – is this possible?
Good news! Breast milk doesn't completely dry up for about a month, so you still have time to get back to nursing your baby.
The first step is to speak with a lactation consultant, who can monitor the process and help you be sure that the baby is getting adequate nutrition as you move along.
Here are some things you can do to help re-establish a milk supply:
- Start each feeding with the baby on the breast. The fewer the bottles, the better over the next few weeks.
- Consider a supplemental nursing system such as Medela's SNS, where a tube taped to your breast drips formula into the baby's mouth, so that the baby gets instant gratification as she sucks.
- For added stimulation to your breasts, you probably should pump in addition to letting the baby nurse. I would suggest pumping for about 10 minutes after every other nursing session. Even if milk isn’t flowing, the pumping will “remind” your body to make more milk!
- Some mothers find that non-alcoholic beer increases their production of milk. Strange but true!
- As you start this process, feel proud that you are making a good decision for you baby. While it may be a lot of work, you can expect that you will be able to re-establish nursing within a few weeks.