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Relactating
By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC

Jo-Anne LawlessQ. I am going to relactate in about 8 weeks, which will make my daughter about 6 1/2 months old. I had to stop nursing at 3 months old due to chemo therapy. My question is how do I get her back to the breast? I know my milk will come back fine, I've always had too much for my baby. I am concerened about my baby not being interested. P.S. All my doc's involved are ok with this, there is no danger to my baby.

A. I think your baby will be very interested in taking the breast. Your best aid will be a supplemental nursing system to provide milk for her so that she connects being on the breast with nourishment. Please let me know if you need more information on this, or if you are already set up with a preferred method of feeding initially. Start pumping as soon as you like, without keeping the milk, until your doctors feel that it is free of chemicals. This will help you to begin producing milk before you actually start nursing.

Your baby will know what to do, having done it for three months already. Just offer the breast naturally, when it's time. It will work out wonderfully~I'll bet you can't wait!

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