Relactation reffers to the process of restarting breastfeeding after you have stopped for some time. This usually applies to mommies who had to stop breastfeeding because she got sick and had to take medicines unsafe for breastfeeding, or when mommy decides to go back to work or school and had to leave baby at home but later on decided to get back to breastfeeding even when their milk is already very slow or has completely stopped already. Yep, you read that right, it is still possible to restart breastfeeding after you have stopped for some time already. Interesting, right? Let’s find out more about it.
Tips how to relactate:
•Pump and Hand Express Your Breasts
At least 8 times a day and about 20 minutes per session, do breast pumping and hand expressing your breast. At first nothing or only a little milk will be produced but if you religiously do it, soon enough your milk supply will come back since milk supply will be increased based on the demand that there is.
•Do the Skin to Skin Bond
Make your baby lay in your bare chest. Make sure he is naked as well. It stimulates his feeding reflexes and makes it easy for him to latch back to his mommy’s breast and it also stimulates mommy’s reflexes so her body could produce milk again.
Galactagogues reffers to foods that are helpful so mommy’s body could produce milk again or her milk supply would increase. Examples are green leafy vegetables, nuts, fennel, garlic, chickpeas, papaya, ginger, oatmeals and whole grains.
•Drip and Drop Method
Baby may tend to stop latching if there is no milk produced in his mommy’s breast. What you can do is use a dropper or little cup and drip the milk to your breast and let it go through your baby’s mouth to encourage him to latch some more.
•Join Relactation Groups and Consult Specialists
Relactation is not as easy as you think it would be. Find support from mommies who are doing the same thing through joining groups. Consult a specialist too so you will be guided accourdingly.
•Don’t Stress Out Yourself and Be Patient
As you go through it, remind yourself that it all depends on how determined you are. Find encouragements, motivations and be patient. If you do all the necessary steps but still to no avail, don’t quit just like that. Make your baby as your inspiration. Take care of yourself too. Never ran out of positivity that you will accomplish your goal.
Whenever you feel like quitting and giving up, remind yourself how gramdmothers in Vietnam were able to relactate and produce milk so they could feed their infant grandchildren while their parents are working. Amazingly, a mother’s body is capable of doing this magical journey of relactaion. If others can do it, then so can you!