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Anyone tried breastfeedeing an adopted baby?

post #1 of 5
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Well, it should be pretty easy right? I have an 18 month old biological daughter who is still nursing, so I have milk!

My dh and I are just finishing up the process to become foster parents. (babies only right now)We actually hope to adopt if it becomes available. For obvious reasons I plan to breastfeed, even if it turns out to be only a six month placement.

On one hand I had so few problems with my dd, but she was born at home, no drugs and all that. A foster baby will probably have had a less than ideal birth, shots, drugs, and been given a bottle. I have read a few books about breastfeeding an adopted baby but they are really just about the basics of breastfeeding. My LLL group just said "good luck!

Any helpfull advice or ideas? Thanks!
post #2 of 5
I used to work at Motherwear, and Jody Wright, the president, breastfed all three of her adopted babies (two before she had a biological baby, so she was able to lactate through adoptive nursing). She has written a few articles which I believe are archived at www.motherwear.com. If you can't find the articles online, I'm sure the customer service reps would be able to help you if you called their 800#. It's so wonderful that you want to do this! Best of luck to you.
post #3 of 5
see this thread

adoptive bfing chat
post #4 of 5
Me!!! My story's on the above-mentioned thread.
post #5 of 5
i'm still bfeeding our dd...she's 19 mos. now, but we started at 3 days old... you'll find support at www.fourfriends.com there's a section there that's an adoptive bfeeding website. best wishes!
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