Everything You Need to Know About Breastfeeding Your Adopted Baby

Breastfeeding adopted baby

Adoptive Breastfeeding is an incredible experience that allows mothers who have adopted babies to nourish them directly from their own bodies—just like any other mother would do after giving birth naturally. Adoptive Breastfeeding requires early preparation and dedication in order for it to be successful. So it is important for prospective adoptive parents to start researching and preparing as soon as possible if they are considering adopting and breastfeeding. While there can be challenges associated with induced lactation—such as supplementing with donor milk/formula or nipple confusion, if done properly under the guidance of a lactation expert, adoptive breastfeeding can be a wonderful and bonding experience with your adopted child.

Adoptive breastfeeding offers adoptive parents an intimate, immediate connection with their baby during a time that can otherwise feel overwhelming. It is a wonderful way to bestow your baby with love right away, easing the transition into the parenting relationship. Studies have found that adoptive breastfeeding creates a strong sense of security and comfort for both parent and child. Notably, it also decreases adoption anxiety in mothers and facilitates bonding for parents who might not have established the same bond as biological parents.

Dr. Sharon Silberstein (aka “The Breastfeeding Doctor”), an internationally-renowned expert in the field of Breastfeeding Medicine from London, is making a revolutionary impact in her induced lactation research. Her work shows that adoptive mothers can produce breast milk through induced lactation that is nutritionally comparable to milk produced directly following birth. This opens up new pathways for mothers hoping to nurse their babies without experiencing childbirth.

Early preparation for induced lactation is the key to creating a successful experience. According to Dr. Silberstein, Jack Newman's protocol should be followed as early as possible. This protocol includes taking a combined oral contraceptive pill and Domperidone medication to increase Prolactin levels. It is the increase in these hormones that helps trigger lactation in mothers who have not gone through pregnancy and childbirth. There are very few protocols out there like Jack Newman's. However it has shown to be highly effective and has allowed many families to nurse successfully without difficulties. Ultimately, it is best for those interested in induced lactation to be mindful of the importance of early preparation.

Adoptive mothers may face unique challenges when it comes to feeding their adopted babies. Depending on the timing of the adoption, she may need to supplement her own breast milk supply with donor milk or formula if there is not enough milk produced during induced lactation. Thankfully, through increased understanding and acceptance of alternative feeding options, adoptive mothers now have more support in making an informed choice about healthful feeding practices for their babies. With the help of today's advances in breastfeeding medicine, adoptive parents can feel confident in whichever path they choose.

Adoptive breastfeeding is an incredibly special opportunity for adoptive families. But it is important for adoptive mothers to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to induced lactation and establishing an effective feeding routine. Every family’s situation is unique. So having patience and seeking guidance from experienced professionals such as Dr Sharon Silberstein will make all the difference.


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