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Learn how to breastfeed an adopted baby from lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin in this Howcast video.

Although many might not know this, it is entirely possible to breast feed an adopted baby. Even if you’ve never given birth before, and there have been no signals sent to your body that you should start producing milk, we can easily train your body to do that. With adoptive mothers when we find out that they want to breast feed, we start working on a regiment of pumping regularly. And we do all the herbal remedies that we would do for low milk supply. We have them drinking plenty of water. We start some fenya (?). We have them drinking mother’s milk tea. But the pumping we have to do every three hours during the day, to start tricking their body into thinking that they need to produce milk.

In other cases, we might end up putting them on domperidone, which is a medication to increase supply. But in many cases, it’s an issue of really the, it’s the simulation and it’s the constant pumping. And, yes, it’s a lot of work but it absolutely can be done. And the babies who come to adoptive mothers that are very, very young, or maybe sometimes if the adoptive mother is actually at the hospital when the baby is born, even better, that we can start nursing them immediately.

The older the baby, obviously, a little bit, a little more difficult it’s going to be because they are not going to know how to latch on. They’re not going to have been through that.They’ll been bottle fed since day one. But the earlier and the younger the baby, and the earlier that we can get started with the process of increasing, or teaching your body to produce milk is key.

In many cases, we will use a supplemental nursing system which a series of tubes that attach to a bottle of either formula or breast milk. The bottle of milk hangs around the mom’s neck and the tubes come out, and they attach to the nipples. So, we can latch the baby on, so the baby is actually stimulating supply at the same time that they’re receiving milk. And so, overtime the body starts to learn that it needs to be producing, and it causes less frustration for a baby if the mother’s milk supply is low. And in many cases, we also do this for moms with very very low milk supply.

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Rushi Patel says:

9th

aMarinedaughter says:

In 1991,I adopted a 6 mo girl who had serious physical and emotional
challenges, due to a serious birth defect.I was nursing her 2 YO brother
and wanted to nurse her, but was told she was too old. She needed the
benefits so much, though, that I kept trying and I was eventually able to
lovingly and patiently teach her to take comfort from breastfeeding, and
helping others. Basically, it involves gradually making small changes to
take the baby from the experience of bottle feeding to breastfeeding

haxormax says:

LAMEEEEE

The Disney Kids says:

WTF

Cheydow says:

mmmmm

Cheydow says:

lulz thanks dor da tipz

Jordan Luker says:

Boobies

MidoTheLord says:

Nice , now i can be baby again !

Edward Howell says:

A breastfeeding video with no breasts?!? Fail!!!

old n busted says:

do adopted babies barest feed different???

aMarinedaughter says:

Part2 Although pumping in advance can be helpful, it is optional. Moms who
start out with no milk, nursing on demand with the Lact-Aid when the baby
arrives usually have some milk in less than 2 weeks and increase to 25-50%
or more of the milk their babies need. Herbs and domperidone can increase
that, considerably. Even a few ounces provide important immune benefits and
the nurturing is the same as for any breastfed baby. I’m going to write one
more thing, to talk about older babies.

aMarinedaughter says:

It is very important for adoptive moms to know that most do not get a
significant amount of milk through pumping, without taking domperidone.I’ve
seen many mothers give up because they thought that what they could pump
was what they would produce for a baby at the breast. It is very common to
see drops only until after there is a baby being nursed on demand with
feeding tube device, preferable the Lact-Aid, which preferred by moms who
have experience with that AND the Medela SNS. see part 2

MLMB1987 says:

Wtf awkward!! Ill stick to formula if the baby didnt come out of me

Tommy Jensen says:

first

XoPizzaZGuyoX says:

8th

Luckyboylb says:

Ok, who wants to be adopted?

Tsamrek says:

10th

Mouth Breather91 says:

2nd to be first

samzoo huff says:

I am orphan and need to be adopted please :)

Tsamrek says:

you a girl ? if yes do you have a sexy body ? if yes you have huge boobs?
if yes OF COURSE I WANT TO BE ADOPTED!!!!

DOG5BOY5 says:

this is SHIT because not showing boobs

FaZe Agony says:

Came for tits, left disapointed

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