Need advice on re-lactating... December 04, 2004 4:00 PM
I'm new to this group and I am also in BC! :o) I'm actually way up on the north end of Vancouver Island, I see there are a few other BC'ers on this group as well!
Anyways, I need some advice. I have a 6 month old son who I BF for the first 3 months of his life and then had to stop for medical reasons and a medication I was on and could absolutely not BF while taking it. Now that I am off the meds I want to start BF'ing again! I have a two year old daughter (Maria) as well that I BF my entire pregnancy with Matthew (my 6 mo old) and also was tandem nursing them until I had to suddenly stop in August.
When I had Maria I had some serious supply issues and was on Motilum(domperidone) and was pumping and feeding her every 2 hours to keep my supply up. At that time I was living in Calgary and was seeing a doctor who was world renowned for her expertise in lactation etc and she said I am apparently one of those rare people who for some odd reason don't have quite enough supply with out some additional help. But we perservered and successfuly nursed which was awesome!
So given my history I know I am in for a bit of an up hill battle trying to re-lactate, but I have a Medela PIS and I am willing to do whatever it takes to start nursing again.
Do you guys know of anyone who successfuly re-lactated? Any advice, tips etc?
Thanks and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better!
Cheers from Vancouver Island BC!
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Laila: good for you , wanting to give your baby the best you can by resuming breastfeeding! I'm a b/f counselor and have some knowledge of it. It most certainly can be done, by nursing and pumping - as you did with your daughter - with the help of a galactagogue such as domperidone (can you still get that in Canada?) but I would strongly recommend getting in touch with a Lactation Consultant or la leche league leader in your local area. It won't be easy and it may take a little time so it would be good for you and the baby to have a local support system to help you along the way. Best of luck to you!
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