Are you planning to adopt? Many couples looking to adopt are unaware that breastfeeding an adopted infant is possible. Each situation is unique and you must explore all options before making a decision. Keep reading to learn more about adoptive breastfeeding.
How does adoptive breastfeeding work?
A few weeks before your adoptive infant is set to arrive, start using a breast pump several times a day for 10 minutes to induce prolactin and switch on the milk glands in the breasts. Even with adoption, you can still teach an infant to latch on to the breast and stimulate milk production. While younger infants take to breastfeeding more easily, if you let hospital staff know that you plan to nurse they might let you start breastfeeding immediately.
What are the benefits?
Breastfeeding provides a number of positive benefits for both mother and infant. For example, children are less likely to get asthma, allergies, cancer, ulcers, etc. Birth mothers have also been known to feel a special bond with the infant. However, no matter how you feed your newborn – bottle or breast – they will feel a lifelong attachment to you.
Why if breastfeeding doesn’t work?
Some moms are not able to breastfeed, even if they have breastfed in the past. It all depends on the individual and the infant. If breastfeeding does not immediately work, there are nursing supplementer systems available that hang around a mother’s neck and fit into the baby’s mouth. This system is great because while the baby is nursing formula from the tube, they are also increasing the mother’s milk supply.
Are you interested in pursuing adoptive breastfeeding? Contact a lactose expert to discuss your options.
If you are ready to start your journey of adoption, contact ABC For Adoption. We understand that adoption can be a long and difficult process but we are here to make adoption run smoothly for birth parents and the adoptive couples. Give ABC for Adoption a call at 1-888- 44-ADOPT with any questions about our non-profit.