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Stimulation of breast feeding

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I am trying to induce lactation to supplement my 2-month-old godsons feeding without the use of drugs. I am his live in nanny as well. After doing some online research, I have been stimulating and squeezing my nipples several times daily which first produced a thick green discharge that has now become a bright white and much thinner discharge that looks like breast milk. I am 46 years old, have had a hysterectomy and my ovaries removed 2 years ago causing early menopause. My breasts have become swollen and my nipples are a bit sore, but other than that I’ve had no problems. I breast fed both of my children about 24 years ago and loved the closeness and bond that resulted. I think breast-feeding is a natural and beautiful experience, and believe it is the best way to show love to your baby. My question is, is it time to begin letting the baby suckle to increase the milk production, or is there something I should do first? I will continue with the formula and supplement by nursing


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replied December 27th, 2008
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The process of breast-feeding needs specific development of the breast milk glands. The woman goes through this process when pregnant, preparing for breast-feeding. It is hard, but not impossible, to simulate this process. Both the hormones that are released from the pituitary gland when breast-feeding (oxytocin and prolactin) are not related to the level of sex hormones. If you are sure that the liquid that comes out of the breasts is milk, then there is nothing more to be done and you can start breast-feeding.


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