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Can this be done?? I've heard people talk of inducing lactation and such & such a method. Where do I find this info??<br><br>
Intro: I am the adoptive mother to 4 children under 5. My 1 yr olds are twins--a boy and a girl who were just adopted this month on their first birthday! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: I have considered adoptive breastfeeding off and on since they were placed with us at 2.5 months, but didn't have the guts to seek SW's permission as they were still fosterchildren. Now we know that DD is allergic to wheat, nuts, all dairy and eggs. So her diet is SO limited and she just switched from soy formula to soy milk (expensive<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , low fat<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and containing soy's estrogen properties!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )...I'd really like to give her breastmilk for all it's benefits over soy--And I'm willing to restrict my diet.<br><br>
My DD I believe could learn to latch on--we've tried an SNS and she is willing to give it a go, cold turkey! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"> WOW! But I'm wondering if I should establish a supply and then try to breastfeed once that is set?? Or just use the SNS for now and count on DD's suckling to induce lactation?? (This sounds more frustrating to me...) I would love to breastfeed her--the ideal, but pumping and feeding her the breastmilk via her cup would suffice as breastmilk (rather than breastfeeding) is the main goal...and expressing seems like so much less stress as she wouldn't have to learn a new skill while I'm learning too...<br><br>
Any advice?? Can any one point me to some surefire/great methods for inducing lactation??<br><br>
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Maybe some of the info on Kellymom for adoptive nursing or relactation would help.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/adopt/index.html</a><br><br>
Good Luck!!!
 

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I really don't have any great help/sites, except the one thought that babies are the best way to "establish a supply." They are more efficient than any pump. I personally would try a combination of pumping and baby.
 

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i don' have any advice (sorry) but I wanted to say "you're awesome!!!!" for trying to give your daughter such a precious gift. good luck, I hope it works.
 

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You've gotten great advice already. I just wanted to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"> that is so great of you, what a bunch of lucky kids.
 

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I'm no help, but definitely go for it! YOu could at least produce a little for them. As far as formula though, I would look into getting her a rx for Elecare or Neocate w/ all those allergies. IT's a complete medical food (formula) for toddlers. My yds had to be on it till 2 b/c of his allergies and thankfully insurance covered it. Good luck and congrats!
 

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Wow! I commend you for wanting to give this a try! Especially with the food allergies! You're awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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Good Luck Sweetie!!! I tried to relactate for my dd, somethings that helped are fenugreek, and a hospital grade pump. WIC PROVIDES THEM FOR FREE!!, i didn't know that until I talked to their lc. Start on a weekend so you have plenty of time to pump...And stay positive! Keep us posted on how you do<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Good Luck Sweetie!!! I tried to relactate for my dd, somethings that helped are fenugreek, and a hospital grade pump. WIC PROVIDES THEM FOR FREE!!, i didn't know that until I talked to their lc. Start on a weekend so you have plenty of time to pump...And stay positive! Keep us posted on how you do<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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REALLY!?! Yay!! I'll make the call tomorrow! Should I start taking the Fenugreek now or wait until milk comes?? Should I drink mothers milk tea, or red raspberry or goats rue?? I've only heard tidbits about these, but no real clear "instruction manual"!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Emilie, I enjoyed your blog. Even though we've been in this foster/adopt journey for almost 5 yrs, I still feel like an infant in what I'm learning about adoption!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I appreciate your perspective! I must say we are the lucky ones to have our precious kiddos in our lives!! (they could do far better than us for parents--especially as many adopted children benefit from attatchment parenting and that's not one of my strongsuits!)<br><br>
Thank you all for your encouragement! I don't feel awsome or great...I feel intimidated and lost and not sure I'm commited, so your encouragement and advice is priceless...although "staying positive" will be a hard one since I tend toward pessimism!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I did find Medela's Pump in Style on ebay for under $100. Is that a good deal?
 

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I would go ahead and start taking the fenugreek now, only side effect LMAO is that you may smell like maple syrup.. I did. As for the pump, I would call the LS at WIC and explain that you want to relactate. They can lend you a hospital grade pump. It's very easy to get discouraged, been there, still doing that..so when that time comes, you can email me, get on here for support etc..we're behind you girl! Also if you talk to your primary doc he can prescribe reglan than also helps, but I would weigh the pro's and cons since it's a motility drug used for DGE. Mother's milk tea works too. I don't even know you, but I do know I'm proud of you!! You can do it. Once you get the pump, I was told to pump 20 minutes every 2 and the lowest setting. Instead I set it to the highest and pumped 2 hours straight..DON"T DO IT!! black and blue, and bloody is all I can say. Drink plenty of fluids, oatmeal for breakfast can help. WTG!!! also in the meantme, I would see if you could get your daugher on a hypoallergenic or elemental formula. Alimentum/nutramigen you can buy at the store, neocate etc is more expensive. My daughter has milk/soy intolorance, among other things and alimentum works for her
 

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no advice-i relactated with my eldest son after no bf for 4 months--no problem relactating but i never could get him to latch on---he also has celiac disease...don't know if your babe has that? good luck, stick with it you will not regret it--let us know how it goes---also some prescript drugs help like reglan<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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Anything by Jack Newman would help, I think there's a link at the kellymom site. You can start with the SNS and induce lactation at the same time, some supp's that adoptive moms take- domperidone, fenugreek, moremilk plus special blend with goat's rue. Waiting for milk supply to be induced might take months otherwise, depending on many factors. No method is "sure fire", the better the kid can latch the better your milk supply will grow is a general rule. You don't even HAVE to use the SNS for babes over 12 mos. if it doesn't work for you, if they will suckle for comfort (but the SNS will get them nutrition at the same time of course). Some moms can induce a good supply, others can't, but many still say the experience and bonding of nursing makes it worth it for them. Pumping when you get the chance (maybe while they are nursing the other side?) I noticed you have a lot of little ones right now, so just do what you can and make the process as enjoyable as possible so it doesn't overwhelm you, and try not to let guilt be a part of it in any way. GOOD LUCK!!!!
 

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Thank you! Thank you everyone for the encouragement and advice!<br><br>
I bought my pump: Medela Pump in style! I'm really nervous and a bit excited! I'm worried DD won't want to latch because I weaned her from the bottle a month back and she's only taking a cup and drinking that at the table.... When I tried the SNS she was still taking the bottle occasionally and I'd still often feed it to her in the nursing position... so now...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
But I plan to grab some fenugreek and some mothers' milk tea. I just saw some stuff today by Jack newman: encouraging! I talked to WIC and because I'm not a client (only my kids are) they can't help me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But she gave me a bunch of websites to check out and I hope to find a LLL consultant or someone to help out!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: SO, here goes nothing!<br><br>
Oh, and DD is not allergic to soy, so right now she is on soy and rice milk...I just don't like the properties of either since they both are low in fat (for her needs at this age). And another side not: DD KNOWS the milk comes from the SNS as, the one time I tried it with her, she sought out the tubing and even tried to bypass the my nipple!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/whistling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="whistle"><br><br>
Thank you all,<br>
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Oh, while I was reviewing some of Jack Newman's stuff: watching a video clip on proper latch and compression, DD (3 1/2 yr old) came up beside me and said: I wanna eat like that baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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