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    Default Want to breast feed adopted son. Help please.

    I'm adopting an almost 5 month old baby in a few weeks and I really want to nurse him if possible. I have been pumping once or twice a day for about a month and saw a tiny drop of milk a few days ago but nothing since then. Does this mean that I have milk? My 3-yr-old weaned about 6 months ago. Has anyone had any experience nursing an adopted child? Any advice would be helpful. He has had formula in a bottle his whole life so any advice on getting him to take the breast would also be helpful.

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    Default Re: Want to breast feed adopted son. Help please.

    Wow congratulations divety!

    I am going to link you to some articles on induced lactation, adoption and breastfeeding and helping to get baby on the breast. I also suggest you call your local LLL and see if there are any nursing adoptive mommas or Leaders around who can offer support and info. Of course any Leader should be able to talk with you and support you on this journey but I think it's nice to talk to someone who has been there if possible!

    Many moms who adopt use a lactation aid (aka nursing supplementer), this allows supplements to be given at the breast so that they can nurse baby at the breast prior to the point they would have enough milk.

    I also suggest the book Making More Milk.

    Relactation and adoptive breastfeeding-the basics: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/relactation/

    Encouraging a baby to nurse: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

    One possible induced lactation protocol: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tion&Itemid=17

    Lactation aid overview: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tion&Itemid=17
    There is a video her of a baby using a lactation aid: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...id=6&Itemid=13

    Dated but good article comparing the brands: (Please note, LLL no longer sells any Medela products or any other lactation aid) http://www.fourfriends.com/abrw/Dari...plementers.htm

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    Default Re: Want to breast feed adopted son. Help please.

    Congratulations on your upcoming adoption! I would definitely read the links posted above. Also, I would think you would have a little easier time getting milk back since your toddler fairly recently weaned vs someone who has never breastfed. I hope all goes well.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: Want to breast feed adopted son. Help please.

    Great info from the PPs. I'd just like to add that if you can find a way to pump more often, you're going to get better results. 1-2x/day isn't a lot of pumping. Moms who are relactating are usually advised to use the pump to mimic the nursing pattern of a newborn baby- that is, to pump 8-12 times per day. Which is a huge amount of work, particularly when you have a 3 year old zipping around and needing your attention- but if you can jam in as many pump sessions as possible you're going to get better results.
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    Default Re: Want to breast feed adopted son. Help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Great info from the PPs. I'd just like to add that if you can find a way to pump more often, you're going to get better results. 1-2x/day isn't a lot of pumping. Moms who are relactating are usually advised to use the pump to mimic the nursing pattern of a newborn baby- that is, to pump 8-12 times per day. Which is a huge amount of work, particularly when you have a 3 year old zipping around and needing your attention- but if you can jam in as many pump sessions as possible you're going to get better results.
    :ITA IMO this is the single most helpful thing you can do TODAY to helpyou achieve your goal and KUP

    oh and Congrats!!!
    Autumn
    Moma to *Silas* 10-30-07

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