Re: I stopped breastfeeding...can I restart?
yes you can start again. if you call the labor and delivery center at the hospital you had your little one they can put in contact with a lactation nurse. YES-- there are nurses specifically for breast feeding. the course of action that i think would be best is if you went there with your little girl and they could asess your milk situation. most likley they will give you a pump to rent (the best of the best, $1,500.00 pump) for $30.00 a month. this pump will suck a golf ball through a garden hose. they will most likley have you use this pump every 2 hours for 24-48 hours (yeah you can still sleep, but pump when she is awake at night). this will re-stimulate your milk and clean out the ducts. (probably will have to "pump and dump" for the first 24 hours.)
the problem is with a little on already on the bottle, they become lazy because it is way easier to get milk from the bottle as opposed to a breast. a little trick is to cut a fairly big hole in her favorite nipple and put it over your nipple. she won't know what it her!
i know all this 'cause my son and i had a pretty rough time in the beginning. too long and too sad, but i did have to stop b/fing when he was just 6 weeks old from a life threatning infection i got. i was devestated. i am planning on breast feeding this one as long as my body will let me. cuts your chances of breast cancer down a bunch too!
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