It is the initiation of milk production after milk production has ceased. This is usually done if a mother initially wasn’t interested in breastfeeding, but then later decides that she does want to breastfeed (sometimes because the baby is experiencing an adverse reaction to the formula given).
Whatever your specific reason may be, bringing back your milk supply will be well worth it.
How Long does it take to Relactate?
It’s almost always possible to get some milk production going; it is more difficult though, if you never had a full milk supply or if it’s been many months since you weaned.
If it’s only been a few weeks since you weaned and you had a full milk supply then it should take only a few weeks to achieve the same supply again.
If your baby is willing to breastfeed without a flow of milk, this can help a lot! But, if your baby will not nurse without a flow of milk, you can stick to the SNS during feeding times and pump in-between feedings. An electrical, hospital grade, a double action breast pump is best for relactation.
When you finally start to produce a few drops of milk, they will be in the form of clear colostrum. Colostrum is potent, fantastic stuff for babies. Then usually three days after seeing colostrum or sooner you will start to produce mature milk.
You can try to entice him/her by dropping some of your breast milk on and around the nipple.
Some babies who are accustomed to artificial nipples will only latch onto their mothers if the mother is wearing a nipple shield. This is something to consider. Once you have got baby to breastfeed with a nipple shield, you can slowly wean from it again.
Avoid the use of pacifiers. Allow your baby to satisfy all their sucking needs at your breast.
How to Reduce Supplementation when you are Producing Milk
your baby is nursing well at the breast and you are producing more milk, you
the supplements by 5 – 15ml with each feeding every few days.