Everything goes smoothly, when there is a lot of food, the baby knows how to properly suck the breast and the mother wants to feed her baby as long as possible. The problem arises when the mother who is breastfeeding naturally, suddenly for various reasons has to stop feeding the breast (severe illness, departure, etc.). Lactation disappears and the woman and the child cannot accept it.
What should you do in such a situation? There is advice for this, a chance to stimulate lactation, i.e. relation - stimulating the breast to re-produce food. Even if lactation has already apparently ceased (even for several months), there is a chance to return to natural feeding, although it requires quite a lot of patience and persistence.
How to support relocation?
At the beginning the most important is well-thought-out decision whether we really want to return to breastfeeding and whether there is such a need (maybe, however, the baby is already big enough that the boob is not necessary).
Returning to feeding is very difficult, so it's worth asking for professional help from a lactation consultant who will help you through these difficult days. Rebuilding the lactation process is primarily to stimulate the breast to re-produce food.
The primary element is intensive pumping.
You need to be extremely patient and find time that should be devoted only to stimulating the breast. Of course, you should also be aware that since lactation has stopped, the first attempt will not cause any milk flow. However, do not give up.
It will be helpful breast pump the best in this case will be electric - will help save time, manual requires the use of our strength, which in the case of frequent use will cause our discouragement and quick fatigue.
It is recommended to try expressing milk every 3-4 hours (also at night), thus stimulating each breast in about 15 minutes. At this time, in addition to using the breast pump, attach the child to the breast as often as possible, but be careful only until the baby wants it and the mother feels no pain. There is no point in forcing the baby to drink from an empty breast, because this will only discourage sucking.
After a few days, we should see the effects of our work in the form of small food outflows. You should then remember to continue to stimulate the breasts to produce food, attach the baby and express the breast with a breast pump. Only when lactation has normalized and is large enough can you stop using the breast pump.
What else will help rebuild lactation?
An important element in the relocation process is preventing the baby from feeding through the bottle with a teatbecause it negatively affects the baby's sucking reflex. You can buy a special replacement feeding kit (e.g. Madela) that will help you maintain the correct suction process.
One should remember about further stimulation of the breast, even when food appearsbecause it will be easy to stop this process again. The breasts should be stimulated until lactation stabilizes.
It is also important night feedingin order not to slow down food production in any way, do not allow long breaks between feeding.
Correct attachment of the child to the breast This is an equally important aspect in the relocation process, because it will result in better milk flow and additionally stimulate its production.
Mum should stimulate breast production for food relax a lot and avoid stress, which unfortunately does not have a positive effect on milk secretion. Take care of yourself, especially drink a lot of still water, help with teas that stimulate lactation, and ensure a healthy diet.
Relaxation is tedious and long process, which is very difficult in practice. At this time, my mother needs the support of the household and should take care only of stimulating the breast to produce food, practically non-stop putting the baby or using a breast pump. Sometimes you can see the effects after a few days, but most often you have to wait for them even several weeks. However, if we have already made a decision, let us stick to it and stubbornly strive for the goal. Since we have the opportunity to give our child the best for his development, why not use it? Good luck!