I am a Grandma, my youngest child is 21. I have five children and successfully nursed all of them. One of my sons is going thru a divorce, his wife is due to deliver their only child in 4 months. My son will be having the baby half of the time, and I'll be watching the baby much of the time he has the baby. The babies mother is very unhealthy, physically and mentally. I would so much love to nurse this child and give the baby the best chance for a healthier life possible. Has anyone ever heard of a Grandma who hasn't nursed a child in 20 years, nursing their Grandbaby? Is it possible? Is it probably? Thank you for your time...
Grandmother & Nursing?
Would need lots of meds on your part for even a slight chance of making any milk, let alone producing enough to even make a dent in what the child would need.
If you were currently nursing, it might be an option with the mom's approval.
do have to laugh that I'm still nursing my youngest and my stepdaughter is giving birth today
Page 18 of the following PDF is interesting:
I would imagine that you would only consider this with the support of the baby's mother.
The first time I heard my grandson cry, my breasts very nearly did the let-down thing. I felt a totally physical response, and I bet I would have relactated if I had let him nurse. Seriously. I envy the grandmas in societies that support grandmothers nursing. I totally understand how the grand-maternal feelings can be as strong as the first time around.
Please be careful how you deal with these feelings. The new parents need to establish their own bonds, and truly this is more important than you (or me). If the Mom breastfeeds, she will probably know about pumping a bottle for times when she is away from her baby. If not, teach her. If she bottlefeeds, for whatever reason, that is her decision to make. Support your son in raising his child, but please let the parents be the parents. Love this baby with all your heart, but keep the appropriate boundaries. This was a hard lesson for me to learn. I am relating this in the hope of making it a bit easier for you. Please don't take this as too preachy.