How to get back from bottle to breast: methods for getting breast milk back. Can you breastfeed after quitting? Practical advice
How to go back from bottle to breast
Sometimes breastfeeding does not start well and by the time you know it your little one has gotten used to feeding on the baby bottle and it seems difficult to try to breastfeed again. Bringing a baby back to the breast after a period of bottle feeding may take some patience and perseverance, but it is definitely possible. How to go back from the bottle to the breast? Here are a few advice practical.
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Can you breastfeed after quitting?
Certainly it will not be easy if by now the infant prefers bottle to breast, however, it is not impossible.
First of all feed your baby regularly even with the bottle while you pump the milk: it is not good for the baby to associate the feeling of hunger and frustration with the breast. If the baby is hungry, he will not latch on peacefully and the stress may even push you to give up.
So it is good to continue with breastfeeding slowly, with serenity and keeping calm, without pressure. If the baby does not want to latch on, pause and then try again later. Must not never force the baby to attach himself, after all he is used to feeding in a different way and it takes patience and time to change things.
Remember that children have a strong sucking instinct and this instinct tends to be stronger when held close to the breast in skin-to-skin contact. Try holding your baby close to your bare breasts without applying pressure to latch on. Make sure her hands are free so she can use them to feel the skin and get closer to her breasts. The important thing is to help the baby to associate the breast with a warm, relaxing and safe place to be and where he can feed himself if he feels ready.
The right position for breastfeeding plays a decisive role in this phase: you can try different positions to find the one that allows the baby to latch on spontaneously and naturally.
Another trick you can try is to start breastfeeding with the baby bottle then move to the breast cradling the baby if it should show signs of restlessness.
Avoid using the pacifier: the pacifier encourages sucking other than that necessary for a good adherence to the breast and also acts as a comfort element. You can also avoid using a bottle for a few feedings to try to break her addiction to the teat. Try milk in a cup or using finger feeding to make your breasts more comfortable and attractive.
It is certainly not a simple technique that is useful when the mother cannot breastfeed the baby, perhaps because he is premature, has difficulty sucking or does not want to offer him the bottle. It consists of inserting a clean finger into the baby’s mouth at the height of the soft palate and then one is introduced syringe with breast milk. In this way the baby will get used to a way of sucking very similar to that of the breast.
Lactation how to do it
If your breast milk supply has decreased, you may need to increase the availability of milk in addition to taking the baby from bottle to breast. It is therefore important to continue pumping the milk with the breast pump even if the baby does not latch on directly and feed him with breast milk. If the milk production is a lot low, starting with mixed breastfeeding can help get the baby accustomed to latching on and stimulate milk production at the same time.
Generally, it is necessary pump or breastfeed the baby at least eight times in 24 hours and, if you can do it more often it’s even better. Restarting milk production is not always simple or immediate – it can take several days – but it is possible. Start by setting the pump to a minimum speed so that, even if you are producing a few drops of milk, your breasts get the message that it needs to produce more.
If you are in difficulty, please contact a lactation consultant or midwife with confidence.
Medicines to get the milk back
Talk to yours doctor: They may prescribe supplements or even medications that help increase milk production.
There is no clear evidence that herbal remedies or galactogenic herbs really stimulate milk production. However, supplements of milk thistle or fenugreek, while some drugs, such as the domperidone, appear to be effective.
From mixed to exclusive breastfeeding
To try to switch from mixed to exclusive breastfeeding it is important to first use a teat that it is as similar as possible to the mother’s breast. Alternatively you can use gods nipple shields in soft silicone because, on the contrary, they resemble the teat of a baby bottle in texture and flavor. In these two cases you can:
- bottle-feed that teat similar to the nipple while still holding the baby close to the naked breast.
- express a little milk before attaching the baby to the breast with the nipple shields so that the baby associates the breast with milk;