Breastfeeding an adopted baby

DeserRai - posted on 06/01/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My husband and I want to adopt a baby down the road. My question is, how do you kick start your body into nursing mode when you're not pregnant? Is it possible? It may sound weird to some but I would like to BF the baby and help with the bond some more. TIA!

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Kaitlin - posted on 06/01/2012

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It is possible, but it can be difficult. Talk to your OBGYN. There ARE some meds you can take to stimulate that. I've done some research but have not started the conversation with my doc yet. It doesn't sound weird to me at all! Especially depending on the baby you adopt- some babies really need that boost of nutrition! I love that you're talking about this. We want to adopt too, not sure about baby or older child, but if we adopt a baby, I would love to be able to BF them also. Let me know how it works out for you!

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Veronika - posted on 06/13/2012

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You are AMAZING for wanting to do this for your future baby. It is possible and it is wonderful that you want to try to breastfeed him or her. I hope you are able to adopt your baby and enjoy the wonders of motherhood.

Kaitlin - posted on 06/12/2012

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If the kid was 10, I would probably agree, but a BABY? Heck yes. Go supermom!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/12/2012

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Some people think it's weird to raise a baby you didn't give birth to.

DeserRai - posted on 06/12/2012

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Thank you ladies! It's nice to know I'm not weird or anything for wanting to do this. I haven't been getting much family support other than my husband. They all think it's strange to BF a baby that you didn't give birth too. Thank you again!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/11/2012

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I have no advice for you, but as a grown up who was adopted as a baby I want to say WAY TO GO! And good luck.

Ioana - posted on 06/11/2012

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Oh wow!!! Way to go! I do not have any advice for you, I just wanted to APPLAUD you!

Merry - posted on 06/10/2012

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There's medicine you can take to induce lactation. Domperidone. And then also just using an electric pump to stimulate lactation.
Bravo! This is a wonderful thing to do for your future baby!
I'd do it in a heartbeat myself if we ever adopted or fostered a baby. :)

Happy - posted on 06/05/2012

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OBGYNs are very educated and wonderful doctors but they have abour 2 weeks education on breastfeeding in school. 2 weeks! That is not the person you want to talk to. You want to contact an IBCLC lactation consultant. You can find on through your local children's hospital or through the local LLL chapter. YES!!! You can totally breastfeed your adopted baby but it will take time, patience, a good SPS feeder and a good herb supply.

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It may take a few days, but the suckling of a baby will trigger your body to produce milk if you have not reached menopause. Dr can recommend hormones that will speed up process, but it may not be necessary. Make sure you are eating enough calories and getting all vitamins and minerals. Drink a lot of water to keep hydrated, your body will provide for you first and baby second. They do make a supplemental feeder that will give baby formula while they suckle so that baby is still getting fed while nursing from you until you develop a milk supply. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 06/04/2012

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i think its great yo want to nurse your baby!!! adopted or not its an amazing experience!!! talk to your dr. i hope you adopt soon and its everything you expect!!!

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