Adoption and breastfeeding .

Ana - posted on 10/26/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I want adopt a baby i am french my husband is american, we live in mass. Breastfeeding is very important for me. If you can tell me your story, please.

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A - posted on 10/27/2013

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My one month-old daughter is adopted, and I have been able to successfully breastfeed her. I've never had a baby, so it took quite a bit of effort to induce lactation, but it was absolutely worth it!

I started by hiring a lactation consultant. I found mine through a local La Leche League chapter. Her guidance was the key to my success. We started about 8 weeks before my daughter was born - taking several herbal supplements and domperidone, and pumping several times a day.

By the time my daughter arrived, I had quite a bit of milk frozen, and a fairly decent supply. Once she was here, my LC helped me learn to nurse, and helped me through increasing my supply to keep up with DD's growing demand. I have at times had to supplement from my frozen milk because I wasn't making enough.

I highly encourage all adoptive moms to try to breastfeed, even if it's just for the first few weeks. There are a lot of benefits to breastfeeding besides nutrition - not the least of which is bonding, which is paramount to a happy and successful adoption. I really believe that nursing my daughter has helped us bond much more easily than we would have otherwise. She is also flawlessly healthy, which I attribute to the breastmilk.

God luck to you! Please let me know if you have any more questions!

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