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    Default I want to nurse my 6-8 month-old adopted daughter

    My husband and I should be bringing our daughter home from Ethiopia around October '09. I am planning on nursing her, but don't know when to start the process and whether or not I need to take any sort of medication. She will likely be about 6 or 7 months when she comes home.

    My original plan was simply to pump as much as possible from the time we receive our referral to the time we travel and bring her home (2-3 months). I just weaned our son about 6 months ago. Will it be easier to produce enough milk if I start pumping now/soon rather than waiting another 9 months? I want to do everything in my power to help my daughter breastfeed. Please send me any advice. Thank you!

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    Good for you for taking this on

    I don't know the answers to some of your specific questions, but hopefully someone with experience in this will be able to help. From my naive opinion, I'm guessing starting 9 months before might be a bit much - you might burn out before the baby arrives - but maybe you could store up a stash in case you're not successful getting her to latch and/or donate some if you do get it going. But I could be wrong - I know it does take a big commitment to start lactation from scratch. You might also look into taking drugs to help get things going - something like Reglan or Domperidone, with a doctor's prescription.

    We love to hear stories like yours, so feel free to post about your progress here, if you're looking for support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*xandrahale View Post
    My husband and I should be bringing our daughter home from Ethiopia around October '09. I am planning on nursing her, but don't know when to start the process and whether or not I need to take any sort of medication. She will likely be about 6 or 7 months when she comes home.

    My original plan was simply to pump as much as possible from the time we receive our referral to the time we travel and bring her home (2-3 months). I just weaned our son about 6 months ago. Will it be easier to produce enough milk if I start pumping now/soon rather than waiting another 9 months? I want to do everything in my power to help my daughter breastfeed. Please send me any advice. Thank you!
    How exciting for you! The most recent issue of New Beginnings (La Leche League International's bimonthly journal) has a lengthy article about adoptive nursing. It's not on the LLLI website yet, so perhaps you can borrow that issue from your local LLL Leader?

    I did find this from New Beginnings in 2006

    Some mothers have found the fourfriends website very helpful.

    Last, your local LLL group probably has the book "Nursing Your Adopted Baby" in its library. (That is, if you have a local group.) You can ask about borrowing that book.

    You've come to the right place for encouragement and support and information. Please hang around and keep asking questions. Also, you might find it helpful to scan some of the earlier threads on this board.

    Best wishes!
    Marianne
    LLL Leader

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    Good luck to you mama, and how wonderful that you are willing to work so hard to share the gift of breastfeeding with your adopted baby! I wish I had some advice for you, but all I can offer are !!!

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    I don't have any advice either but wanted to say that you are awesome!!!
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    When I read your post I also thought of the latest issue of New Beginnings that had an article that would be so great for you to read. It is so wonderful of you to want to do this for your daughter. What an amazing mama you are! And what a very lucky girl your daughter is. Lots of Good luck with this journey!
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    Thank you for all of your support! I will check out the New Beginnings article that a couple of you recommended and figure out the best plan possible!

    Thanks Again!

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    I have been thinking of doing the exact same thing you are doing, except we're not even near ready to adopt yet, but in the future...I am greatly interested to hear how it all goes for you, and maybe learn for myself from your experience. I'm rooting for you and your new lo
    ~Sylvia~

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    and Corban (b. March 2012, 11lbs. 6Oz.- naturally in the water), my NICU baby, still nursing strong at age 2!


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