My milk dried up, can I get it back? Help!
After giving birth to my second, I was diagnosed with Bell's palsy and decided not to nurse, to let my body de-stress and recover. I was healed two months postpartum and was determined to get my milk back in. This is how I did it.
The term is called relactating, to lactate again. I decided to try to do the same thing I did the moment my baby was born.
Note: These tips may not work for everyone. Consult a Certified Lactation Consultant to determine the best plan for you.
Bathe with your baby, letting your baby lie on your bare chest. Hold your baby upright and nestle your baby between your breasts. This will increase the temperature and wake up the milk ducts. Kind of like muscle memory.
This is going to require a lot of patience. Your baby is now used to instant gratification and no longer wants to work for his food. As stated in step one, skin-to-skin is key. Your baby is in the restaurant now you just need to help baby re-learn to eat. Baby might automatically re-latch or might need some coaxing; help baby as much as possible while being patient. Finger-feeding is a great way to teach your baby to breastfeed. See this video for help.
Water is your best friend and the only thing you should be drinking. Drink, drink, drink; even if you don't feel thirsty, keep drinking.
While baby is sleeping, pump your breasts with a breast pump; buy, borrow, or rent.
As painful as it might be, shower facing the shower. Let the warm water help stimulate and relax in hopes of creating that "let down" you so desire.
Any stimulation is good stimulation. Touch and random touch is a plus! Go braless for less restriction and less chance of clogging any milk ducts.
Low iron levels can negatively affect your milk supply. Oatmeal is a good source of iron. It's also a warm comforting food, so it will help you relax as a new mom. Relaxing can influence milk supply.
Herbs are boosters; fenugreek and blessed thistle work when taken together. You can also get a prescription medication called Domperidone.
As stated before, this is going to take patience and monitoring. You do not want to hurt yourself or starve your baby. If you cannot get your milk back, do not beat yourself up; just continue to love and take care of your sweetheart the best you can.
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