Re-lactation or re-establishing the milk supply after the baby has been weaned is not easy as considerable time has been spent by the baby on the bottle ad not your breast. If the breasts have not been stimulated enough, the supply is likely to go down considerably.
It will require a lot of time, dedication and patience. Here are some steps to follow in case you want to switch to exclusive breast-feeding.
Tips To Reestablish Breast Milk
Empty The Breasts
Make sure you feed the baby every two hours and that your breasts are sufficiently empty at each feeding. This will ensure that your breasts are stimulated to fill up again. The more milk the baby takes in, the more ilk you will make. Make sure you drain your breasts completely at the span of every 2-3 hours.
Photo Credit: Naturalremediesforpms.com
Use The Pump
If the baby has not fed adequately and seems to be full, pump out the remaining milk. This ensures that your breasts are being emptied at a regular interval. This will give them a chance to fill up again. You can give the pumped milk to the baby or freeze it for later use.
Photo Credit: Ozelkadinlar.com
Ease Off The Formula
Start gradually decreasing the amount of formula you give the baby, but do not completely stop. This has to be done until a regular supply of milk has once again been established. Offer a bottle only after the baby has finished nursing. As your own milk supply gradually increases, decrease the amount of formula milk you give your baby. Start noting down the decrease in the formula milk.
If your baby is content with the bottle, let him/her have it initially. Use a pump to drain out the milk from the breast after every 2-3 hours. Keep introducing the baby to the breast gradually. Soon he/she will get used to it.
Photo Credit: Copiiveseli.ro
Do Nappy Counts
One way of knowing whether your baby is getting enough milk is by counting the number of wet nappies. Ideally, the baby should be urinating after every feed, 8-10 times in a day. That means he/she is getting enough breast milk and you are producing enough milk as well. Get your baby’s weight checked at regular intervals to make sure he/she is gaining adequate weight.
Try some herbal options like fenugreek to increase lactation. Speak to your doctor who may also prescribe some medication as deemed fit. Do not take any herbal medication without consulting with your doctor first. And do not’ take medication unless you are really struggling with the milk production.
Photo Credit: Drgreene.com
Re-lactation is a time consuming process and one has to be considerably patient. Make sure you get the necessary support from family and friends. Re-lactating will take round the clock effort on your part for at least a few weeks before you see a considerable change in the supply of your milk.
If re-lactation does not happen, do not fret too much over it. Sometimes the body is just not geared for it. In that case continue with bottle-feeding without feeling guilty or pressurized.
Photo Credit: Raut.ru