Expressing milk after being a surrogate

Briana - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am seriously thinking about becoming a surrogate. I couldn't do it when my son was still breastfeeding, but I still filled out the paperwork and they put it on hold until my son was weaned.

Now that he is, they have brought out my application for perspective parents to view. However, one question they want to know is if I'd be willing to pump and send breast milk to the parents, especially since I nursed my son for 13 months.

My only issue is that I did exclusively pump for my son the first 3 weeks he was here, and my supply severely dropped after those 3 weeks and we were forced to either suffer through getting him to latch (which was the problem in the first place) or switching to formula.

I hate to make the parents think they would be giving their child breast milk, and then it tapper off so quickly :/

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Destica - posted on 06/03/2014

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I know this is an old thread but I thought I would reply for those coming across this for the first time. I'm stopping breastfeeding my son at 6 months to start surrogacy and I fully intend on both pumping (if they prefer milk for their baby) AND starting to breastfeed my child again. Since I'm continuing on formula, I hope he goes back to BF with little hassle, but if not, I can always slip it in his foods :)

That is a shame when pumping cannot induce as much lactation as sucking though. Maybe them getting you a hospital grade would be better? I know my medela gets me about 2x what I get form a manual pump. Perhaps a hospital grade pump could boost that further.

Keri - posted on 05/06/2011

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I would tell the prospective parents up front what you supply issues were and then they can decide. It is very hard to maintain a good supply with pumping alone. I commend you for your choice and wish you good luck.

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