The Possibility Of Breast Milk Coming Out Again After 3 Months Of Not Breastfeeding?
I want to ask the doctor, my baby is now more than 6 months old, he has not been drinking breast milk since he was 3 months old, now my breast milk is dry. Can you still get out? I want to try again, breastfeeding.
Hello Dhesty, thanks for the question for HealthReplies.com
Breastfeeding again after stopping after a few months is not an easy thing to do. However, if the mother has a high commitment to do so, this is not impossible. The process of re-feeding (relactation) is a gradual process and the results cannot be seen immediately (in the beginning the milk production will be very little and it is impossible to meet the baby's needs). The success of relactation is determined by several things, including:
the younger the baby will increase the chances of successful lactation gap (distance between stopping breastfeeding and relactation) shorter distance will increase the chances of success whether the baby wants to drink from the breast assistance from a lactation expert (lactation consultant) Help from a lactation consultant greatly affects the probability successful relactation, therefore, as a first step, you should start looking for a lactation consultant at a health facility near where you live. Apart from seeking the help of a lactation consultant, here are some things you can do:
Perform breast emptying as often as possible. You should start relactation by emptying your breasts every 2-3 hours including at night (same as when breastfeeding a newborn). Always try to get your baby to feed directly first. If the baby does not want to feed straight away or it is not time for the baby to drink after 2-3 hours, empty your breast with a breast pump. After the baby feeds directly, keep stimulating and emptying your breast with a breast pump. Use a breast pump with 2 pumps at once because it can stimulate the breasts better than pumping one breast at a time. Pump the breast for at least 15-20 minutes or up to 5 minutes after the last drop of milk comes out. Before breastfeeding or pumping the breast, you can massage the breast and compress the breast with a warm compress. Since the production of breast milk may still be very low, you need to give formula milk to the baby to meet his nutritional needs. Always try to breastfeed your baby directly first or give a breast pump first, and if the baby is still hungry, give milk using a spoon or cup feeder to prevent the baby from experiencing nipple confusion.
That's all the information from me, I hope it's enough to answer
dr. Irna Cecilia