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Relactation is the attempt to start producing breast milk at a time
when your body normally would not. A woman may try relactation when she:
Relactation is a difficult and complex process and does not always
work. It usually involves breast and nipple stimulation (by hand or electric
breast pump). Your doctor may also prescribe a medicine to stimulate milk production.
You are more likely to produce milk if you have ever carried a baby
to term and breast-fed before. This is because the milk glands in the breast
are not fully developed until the end of pregnancy. Also, feeding your baby at
the breast may help start and increase milk production.
You may start to produce milk within several weeks, although it could
take longer if you have never breast-fed before. Even if you are successful at
producing milk, you and your baby need continual monitoring.
Sometimes you produce breast milk but your baby needs additional
nourishment. In these cases, you can use a supplemental nursing system, which
is a device worn around your neck and has a tube positioned next to the nipple.
Your baby is nourished with both your breast milk and a formula supplement
If you wish to try relactation, get help from a lactation consultant
experienced with the process. Talk to your doctor or call a local hospital for
April 3, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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