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    I had a still born child at 39 weeks one month ago after having had three miscarriages. My husband and I are sure we are going to move forward with adoption and we will probably be matched quickly. We are adopting a newborn and I really want to breast feed. Would I be better off to pump some to keep my milk in until we have our child home or just try to relactate once we have a match and are moving forward? I produce alot of milk but need to decide asap because I am just about a week away from full dry up and if I should just pump and keep it up, I want to start right away. Any advice would be great from people who have relactated or kept up milk supply until bringing home adopted child.
    Thank you.

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    no advice here but I am sure others will chime in when they see this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sixyearplan View Post
    and I can't speak from experience but I would say to definitely pump. Relactating takes a lot of work and time. hth
    And I am so sorry for your losses. You are a great mama to be planning to bf your adopted baby!!
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    I also vote pump. I don't think you need to keep a full supply going- just enough that you don't dry up. Once you have your newborn in your arms, he or she will probably quickly get you up to a full supply very quickly.

    Do you know how long it will be until you have your new baby? If you are going to be informed a few months ahead of time, you will have plenty of time to ramp your production up and you may want to allow your supply to dwindle down a bit while you wait for the good news. If you might not know until very close to the day your baby is in your arms, you may want to keep a somewhat larger supply going.

    Best of luck to you and your family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I also vote pump. I don't think you need to keep a full supply going- just enough that you don't dry up. Once you have your newborn in your arms, he or she will probably quickly get you up to a full supply very quickly.

    Do you know how long it will be until you have your new baby? If you are going to be informed a few months ahead of time, you will have plenty of time to ramp your production up and you may want to allow your supply to dwindle down a bit while you wait for the good news. If you might not know until very close to the day your baby is in your arms, you may want to keep a somewhat larger supply going.

    Best of luck to you and your family!
    This sounds like great advice to me!
    I am sorry for your loss
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    sorry for your loss.

    Do what you think would work well for your family!

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    I'm sorry for your losses.

    I think it's awesome you plan on bfing your adopted baby! I have no experience with your situation but I would definitely say pump now and keep your milk supply up.

    My baby was born early and so for the 7 1/2 weeks he was in the NICU I pumped and he came home nursing a little but mostly bottle feedings...but since he's been home we've been nursing and I'm so glad that I pumped so much while we were apart, even though it's such a pain to pump all the time, it was so worth it for us.

    Good luck mama!
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    Thank you for the help, and support. I think pumping is best and like it was said on here I can just keep my supply going at a slower rate and then once we are confirmed on our match I can ramp up. Does anyone have any advice on how often to pump to just keep some supply? And then to ramp it up. I was thinking like 4-5 times a day to keep it up and then go to the normal every 2-3 hours the month and a half before he is born??? I have read so much about adoption bf and want so badly to be successful at it and feel such a sense of redemption that my first born did not get to have it but I can use it for our next. Just not sure what to follow in terms of how much and how long each pumping!!

    Thanks so much!!!

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    Welcome! I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I don't have any experience with adoptive lactation personally but I found this information:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html

    HTH

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
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    So sorry for your loss. If it helps, there is a separate pumping section. there are many moms who exclusively pump - there is one mom on here somewhere who pumped for two years for her baby! I'm sure that you can find advice for how often/how much to pump in the pumping section. Hope you can have that baby in your arms soon!

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