Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby

I’ve heard about that — I think Dr. Sears has it in his The Baby Book — but as far as I know, none of the adoptive parents I know have breastfed their children (although many of them adopted older children). Anyway, it was discussed a few weeks ago on the Permission to Mother blog, and out of curiosity I asked what the protocol was to induce milk production in a woman who had not been pregnant — perhaps ever — so that she could nurse the baby. Here is the link that was provided. It has a lot of information and insights into it, so I thought I’d pass it along in case anyone else was curious or needed the information for themselves or someone they know.

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  1. I know that one of the local Bradley instructors had gone through all the milk production routines so she could breastfeed her adopted child only to have the baby born via medicated (epidural) birth. The baby ended up going into the medicated newborn slumber and nursing was never established because of it. Apparently though, she was producing milk. So, maybe if the baby hadn’t been so far gone, it would have happened.

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