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I guess this qualifies as a challenge, so I'll post it here. I am currently breastfeeding my 10 month old dd. We are getting started on our first adoption and hope to bring our baby home early next year. I'll probably still be b'feeding my daughter as I have no plans to wean her anytime soon, so establishing a supply won't be a problem. Our baby will hopefully be between 3 and 4 months old at home coming. My question is how do you get a child of that age to b'feed since he/she will have been bottle fed from birth? I'm kinda thinking the little tyke is going to look at me like "What the...? Are you crazy woman? What am I supposed to do with THAT?" How do I get an older child to latch, never mind actually breastfeed?
 

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The lactation consultant I am seeing breastfed her adopted daughter. You can read her story here:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/breastfeeding/adopted.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...g/adopted.html</a><br><br>
Also, maybe you could try contacting her with questions. Here's her web site:<br><a href="http://www.postpartumplan.net/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.postpartumplan.net/home.html</a>
 

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I've read answers to that question at asklenore.com. Check out their forums if you don't get the answers you are seeking here.
 

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Veronika,<br>
Check out this Tribe/thread<br><br>
Re-lactation, Induced Lactation and Adoptive Nursing Tribe<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=952031" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=952031</a><br><br>
And the "sticky" at the top of this board, with the same title.<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=969721" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=969721</a><br><br>
~Cath
 

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I hope you find a simple solution, but if nothing else works you could try this-<br>
my daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate and was mostly bottle fed for the first six and a half months. She did have plenty of practice nursing prior to her operatione but refused to latch on afterwards - she was on a nursing strike. Whenever I did manage to coax her back on to the breast she would just clamp down once and then pull off. I knew that she needed to get instant milk in that first clamp down.<br><br>
At first I tried with just a supplementary feeder and then I threaded the tube into a silicone nipple shield and taped the whole thing on. I felt ridiculous, like a human bottle, but it worked.<br><br>
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Thanks for the advice Alice. I'm so nervous about getting a 4 month old to latch! Anyway, someone mentioned that I should do exercises with my finger on his/her tongue to help correct the sucking motion. Does anyone know how to do those exercises? I just want to be as prepared as possible before our bundle comes home.
 
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