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Has anyone here breastfed their adopted babies?

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August 25th, 2009, 02:05 PM
joyfulmommy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hello, I am new here. I am intending to adopt my sister in laws baby soon. We haven't made anything official yet, but are working on it, so I am planning already.

I am very interested in breastfeeding this baby. I have read a little bit about how it is possible. Have any of you tried it with any luck. I have breastfed 3 babies already, and would just love to do this for all of our children.

Thanks in advance,

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August 25th, 2009, 02:35 PM
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I have 3 7-month old babies.

I looked into it when we knew we were getting one infant. I have health issues that make this not an option. I think its great that you are going to do this! I would get in touch with a lactation consultant for a support system and they may have ideas on how to get you going once the baby gets here. Good Luck!
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August 25th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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I've not, but I know it is very possible. It would be a lot more work than it was with your children though, obviously, since you'll have to artificially get your milk to come in, but once it is there and you are breastfeeding it'd be very much like with your bios as I understand it.

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August 26th, 2009, 07:04 PM
Just_Marie's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Talk to an LC, I heard you have to go on the meds three months before starting to BF-good luck!

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September 6th, 2009, 04:05 PM
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I hope you don't mind me poking my nose in here. We looked into adoption about 3 years ago and I was really looking into nursing an adopted newborn. I talked with both my doctor and my good friends at the local La Leche League meeting. I learned that re-lactation is not that challenging. You can do it even without medication with a good breast pump.

Definitely talk to a lactation consultant or find a LLL meeting and see if the leaders can get information for you. I picked up a educational pamphlet there and learned a lot.

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