Has anyone here bf their adopted baby?
My dh and I will be adopting, not until next year, but my understanding is that bf an adopted baby requires a lot of planning and preparation, so I'm here (although, still probably earlier than required, but I'm anxious to learn). Some people are horrified about the concept of bf an adopted baby, I'm hoping I don't get that resisitance on these boards.
A bit of background: I'm 24, have had a full hysterectomy and I am in menopause. There is a "protocol" for someone in my situation to bf their adopted baby: http://www.asklenore.com/breastfeedi..._protocol.html
The problem is, with adoption, you never know when the baby is going to arrive. I want to have my milk supply in when the baby is placed in our arms so I can bf from day 1, but, the "estimated" wait is 6-18 months. I'm just curious if others have done this, and how you prepared for the baby's "unplanned" arrival. Also, we'll be adopting out of state (we live in MI, we'll be going to FL), I know they have stores there, but, what supplies will I need? The baby will not be "officially" ours until 48 hours after placement, which means he will be bottle fed before hand (unless the birthmom ok's giving breastmilk or my breastfeeding), so I'm concerned with nipple confusion or refusal to bf. Plus, I need to consider if I can "emotionally" handle bf a baby before 48 hours, that may not be "mine". Sorry for the rambling, just a lot to consider. Thanks!