the guilt of not breastfeeding

by amy
(Lexington nc, usa)

I stated breastfeeding when I gave birth to my 3rd baby and everything was fine.

Then after 3days it became a nightmare the pain was killing me so bad that eveytime I saw her waking up to eat I felt like running away, that brought me once even to tears.

So I decided to give her formula but I felt horrible I didn't understand why so much pain... fealing so depressed and til now I still do. I wana know if its still not too late to try its been 2 weeks and a half. Since I last breastfeed her??? Please help...

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Aug 10, 2012
yes you can, go for it
by: tracey

You most certainly can start your production up again. If your wanting to breast feed again, try putting baby on as much as he/she will allow and also start pumping as much as you can to build up the supply. With baby latching on and extra pumping it should return pretty fast if you had a good supply to start with.

I never had a good supply but decided to go and felt so darn guilty that I started up pumping again after about 3 weeks and my supply had completely gone and i pumped every 2 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night and after a few days started to get drops. Luckily cause I was about to give up again but went on and after a week I started to get more and more. I kept going for about a month and still was only getting a small amount but I always had low supply issues so I was very disappointed that i couldn't get it back to where it was before.

Also my baby wouldn't latch and I have flat nipples so i was pumping from day one.

I think you would be fine though, so give it another go you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Good luck.

Aug 13, 2012
by: Zelda Behr

Like Tracey said, pump as much as you can and let baby spend as much time as she wants nursing.

I also got to that point where i wanted to give up but my husband got nipple shields, lanolin cream and lots of support and I pushed trough.

Remember you gave your little one that first colostrum milk that is so important and just for that you deserve a medal.

There are a few thing you can do to decrease the sore nipples...

-Cold ice pack after feeds.
-Rinse with salt water after feeds.
-Your own milk can be rubbed over the nipple to help.
-Lansinoh Lotion for just before feeds.
-And make sure that baby latches properly.

Natural ways to boost milk supply...

-Herbs:Milk thistle, Blessed thistle, Fennel seed, Alfalfa and Anise seed
-Breast massage
-Mothers Milk Tea is a drink for mothers with low milk supply. It usually contains sweet fennel seed, anise seed, coriander seed, spearmint leaf, lemongrass leaf, lemon verbena leaf, althea root, blessed thistle herb, and fenugreek seed.
-Fenugreek supplement or fenugreek seeds.
-Nipple stimulation.

More on low milk supply...

Here is some inspiration...

Hope it helps.
Good luck.

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