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Breast feeding for adoptive mom?

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Hi moms. I have been reading the threads on increasing milk supply, getting baby to latch on, etc. They have been really helpful. But I'm specifically wondering if anyone has any advice and/or success stories for an adoptive mom trying to breast feed. My baby is 17 days old and has been with me since she was 3 hours old. I'm 35 and have never been pregnant. I have been pumping with a dual pump and five days ago began producing small a outs of colostrum, which was such a thrill-- it has given me hope that I might succeed at breast feeding her, and at the very least, I'm so happy she's getting the benefits of colostrum. I pump many times a day and sometimes at night, but my colostrum has remained at only a few drops per pumping if I'm lucky. I know it may take a lot longer for my body to get with the program since I don't have the hormone supply of a birth mom.....so I'm just interested in anyone's input on the topic of successful adoptive breast feeding.
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That's fantastic that you've got the colostrum going!  Many mothers have breastfed their adoptive babies.  Have you been putting baby to the breast as well?  Babies are MUCH more efficient at "milking" the breast than any breast pump.  You can find all sorts of great info about nursing your adoptive baby and personal mothers' stories here: http://www.llli.org/faq/adopt.html

Also, you can contact your local La Leche League Leader for some one-on-one help :)

post #3 of 3

How about trying a lact-aid? http://www.lact-aid.com/
 

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