- There are however, two issues, when considering adoptive breastfeeding:
Producing breast milk or induced lactation. There is a process and a protocol for induced lactation, which was developed by Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC. Learn more about how to induce lactation and increase and create your own breast milk supply.
Getting your baby to accept the breast. All new mothers struggle with this step when it comes to breastfeeding. I have yet to meet a new mom who didn't need any breastfeeding tips. Read up on several breastfeeding tips for adoptive mothers as outlined by Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Other Steps toward Adoptive Breastfeeding Are Less Medical in Nature
Disclose your hope to breastfeed during the first steps of the adoption process, don't surprise the expectant mother with it in the delivery room. Allow the mother time to process and decide how she feels about adoptive breastfeeding. Know that some birth mothers may not like the idea and not choose your family for the adoption, however, it's always best to be honest and upfront. It's a step toward having the most ethical adoption possible.
Do not prepare to breastfeed for a specific baby. There may be a psychological benefit as well as an ethical one to this step or suggestion. Not only may the mother change her mind, it may come off coercive to the mother. She needs time with the baby to make her final decision on whether to place or parent. An adoptive mother waiting to breastfeed puts a lot of pressure on the biological mother.
Also know that there are pros and cons to any decision even with adoptive breastfeeding: