How to Start Breastfeeding Again After Stopping

  • Learn about relactation, and if it truly is possible to do
  •  Many moms choose to restart breastfeeding after they’ve stopped
  •  It is possible to stimulate milk production after stopping
  •  Relactation can be done, but it is not easy any may take time

Do you need to start breastfeeding again after you’ve already stopped?

Do you find yourself longing to go back to breastfeeding for one reason or another?

Did you know that it is possible to return to breastfeeding after you’ve stopped, in some situations?

If you’re wondering how to start breastfeeding again after stopping, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to make this happen and how to tell if its possible in your situation.

There are a lot of different reasons why you may be interested in continuing to breastfeed after you have initially stopped, but as always, it’s important to talk to your doctor and your baby’s pediatrician when you’re trying to make a decision like this.

With that said, however, if you want to learn more about how to restart breastfeeding after stopping, read on!

Is re-starting breastfeeding possible?

Before you get started learning about how to encourage relactation, you’ll need to find out whether or not it’s really possible. To put it simply, it is possible to start producing milk again after you’ve stopped, but it may not be very easy, and it isn’t possible for everyone.

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It’s important to first have a very strong desire to start nursing your baby again. If you’re only considering this because someone suggested it but you don’t really feel like it’s right for you, then it’s probably not going to work. Your own mentality is a big part of your entire breastfeeding experience, so make sure this is something you have a true, strong desire for before you get started.

Otherwise, if you really want to try, it’s possible. You may only have a partial milk supply, but some moms are able to get a full supply back again, too. Later on in this article, you’ll find plenty of tips to help you.

Do moms often want to start nursing again?

The short answer to this question is yes, definitely. There are a lot of reasons why moms may want to start nursing again after they’ve already stopped. You may be the type of mom who thinks you’d never want to go back to that stage of your child’s infancy again, and if so, that’s okay! But if that’s the case, this article probably isn’t for you. If you do want to go back to nursing, however, you’re not alone.

In many situations, moms find that they have stopped nursing too quickly. It’s recommended to nurse babies until at least six months of age for nutritional purposes, but it is becoming more and more common to continue breastfeeding babies until they are at least a year old. If you feel that you’ve cut off your baby’s breastfeeding too quickly, you may be able to get back to it again.

Just remember that there a lot of other moms out there who are going through this feeling, too. You’re not alone, and you may even be able to find a local group or a lactation consultant to help you along the way.

How can a mom stimulate milk production again after stopping?

There are plenty of tips you can try to start encouraging milk production after you’ve already stopped breastfeeding. While not all of these tips will work for everyone, there’s a good chance that at least one of them will be able to help get your milk flowing once again.

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  • Be patient and stay calm. Being too tense or nervous is likely to keep you from being able to nurse properly even when your milk supply is still strong. If you’re trying to encourage your milk production to pick up again, it’s important to do so with the right frame of mind.
  • Try herbal supplements. Always speak to your doctor and your baby’s pediatrician before taking any supplements, however, since a lot of them aren’t well-regulated or researched. Fenugreek is a popular herbal supplement that is said to encourage milk production.
  • Stimulate your breasts. Use a pump to stimulate your breasts and convince your body that there is a baby trying to nurse once again. If your baby is still willing to latch on, this can help even more, but if your baby has been drinking from a bottle for a while, he or she may not be willing to latch on until you’re actually producing milk again.
  • Get a massage. There are specific types of massages you can get to help you encourage milk production. You may also be able to learn how to do this correctly on your own so that you don’t have to go to a specialist for this type of massage. The more frequently you massage your breasts in conjunction with these other tips, the more likely they are to begin producing milk again.
  • Talk to a lactation consultant. If there isn’t one in your area locally, you should be able to connect with someone online or by phone who can help you. Lactation consultants deal with this situation often and will be willing to offer you more tips and suggestions than you might find elsewhere.


We hope that you’ve been able to learn a little bit about the options you have when you’re looking to get started breastfeeding again after stopping. This may be impossible to do in some situations, but not always. With the right information and by following the tips listed above, you may be able to get back to nursing your little one even if you originally thought you were finished with this stage of your child-raising process.

But is it really worth it to try? When it comes down to it, this is a lot of effort to go through for only a few months more of breastfeeding. However, if it’s something you feel very strongly about, there’s no reason not to try. Before you start trying, set a limit for yourself. You may want to tell yourself that you’re going to stop trying to nurse again if three of the tips above don’t work, for example. Or you may want to try them all before you decide to call it quits.

In the end, it’s up to you. Always remember to speak with your baby’s pediatrician and your own doctor before making these kinds of changes.