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Breastfeeding Information for Adoptive Mothers Hoping to Nurse

Learn More About the Option of Adoptive Breastfeeding


While adoptive mothers seek a bonding experience, many within the adoption community find adoptive breastfeeding to be wrong. Hopefully the following information can help you decide where you stand on this controversial, adoptive parenting issue.

Can I Breastfeed My Adopted Baby?

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The first question is simple - "Is it possible for an adoptive mother to breastfeed her child?" The answer is just as simple - "Yes." But know that there is a process that an adoptive mother must follow in order to breastfeed her new baby.

What Is Induced Lactation?

Induced lactation is what an adoptive mother must do in order to stimulate her milk glands to produce breast milk. Learn more about the different options an adoptive mother can choose from to induce lactation.

Benefits of Breastfeeding an Adopted Newborn

The benefits of breastfeeding are not just for the new baby, but also for the new mother. Learn more about these benefits to adoptive breastfeeding.

The Cons of Breastfeeding an Adopted Child

There is usually an opposing side. The same is true for adoptive breastfeeding. Learn about the cons to this parenting choice before making your final decision.

Breastfeeding Tips to Help the New Adoptive Mother

If you decide that breastfeeding your new, adopted child seems right to you and your family, then here are a few tips to help you be more successful in the process. Included among these tips is the point that it is very important, for ethical reasons, to be honest with the expectant mother about your desire to breastfeed.

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