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Old 06-18-2008, 12:50 PM   #11
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Relactating is a great option!

Otherwise don't try and beat yourself up! I'm all for breastfeeding. But no matter how a baby is fed I always say A happy mama= A happy baby. It sounds like you're a great mother; and like pp said you can always use this as motivation to breastfeed your next!

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:57 PM   #12
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here is one thread i found.
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...ight=relactate
you can search the forum for others
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:30 PM   #13
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I would try relactating! Really if you can get him interested in the breast you can relactate. You may not bring in a full supply but nursing him just a couple times a day would be wonderful for you

there are medications, foods and herbs that can be helpful.
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mama! Don't beat yourself up. The Kid was 8.10 and not only did the nurses kept telling me that I didn't have enough milk for him, they also said that I'd had GD or he wouldn't have been born that big. It doesn't matter what your child receives as long as he's getting nurtured by you. IF you want to go the relactating route, then by all means go for it with all the gusto you can muster. However, don't beat yourself nor feel bad. you have a healthy boy and that's the only end result that matters.
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I soooo feel your pain! I quit breastfeeding my ds just one week after he was born. Its really easy to quit when everyone around you says its ok to quit he will be fine. I know He will be fine but how about me? It took me months to get over the feeling of failure. It has made me even more determined to make it work next time! I have done a lot of research since then and I will be more prepared. Wish I had known about relactating back then. Try it. Good luck with what ever you do, just remember he is happy and healthy and loves you no matter how you feed him!
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mama! Don't beat yourself up. The Kid was 8.10 and not only did the nurses kept telling me that I didn't have enough milk for him, they also said that I'd had GD or he wouldn't have been born that big.
Wow - I just can't not reply to this. I am so sorry you had this incorrect info... All of my kids were big.. biggest was 10.2 - I don't have GD - never have.. they're just big (and I'm not) ... and I EBF all of them... I had one nurse try to tell me I wouldn't have enough milk for him but I ignored her - it has little to do with it... .

anyhow I just had to say that
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You did your best, mama. If you want to relactate, you've gotten some great links, and you can feed formula at the breast with an SNS too, but if you are really done, don't look back. If you choose to keep FFing now, then that's what you decided was best at the time and don't beat yourself up for it. I stopped bfing dd1 at 2 weeks b/c of PPD meds, and later I found out there are lots of PPD meds that I could have taken while bfing that I didn't know about, and dd1 has lots of food issues now that were exacerbated by formula, so if I let myself dwell on it I would be soo depressed. But I did what I knew to be best with the info I had at the time, and having a not-crazy mom was very much in everyone's best interest. (And I didn't know dd1 was going to have crazy food issues, silly kid.) And now with dd2, I am bfing much longer--not bfing long with one baby doesn't mean you can't try again with the next one!
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