I have a biological son that I was able to successfully breastfeed for over a year. When we realized the only way to expand our family was through adoption, I began mourning the idea of being able to nurse again. That’s when I started hearing whispers about adoptive breastfeeding. I knew I could produce milk without a baby, because the unfortunate occurrence of a prolactin secreting pituitary tumor I had… but was it possible to get a full supply and nurse my new baby through adoption? This article addresses 10 very interesting facts about adoptive breastfeeding.
It IS possible, and in a variety of ways you may not have considered.
1. Not all nursing moms make milk.
A lot of moms who are waiting to adopt or have adopted focus on maximizing their milk supply, easily getting discouraged when they don’t produce as much as they hoped. Though there are ways to boost one’s supply (see point #5) and to provide milk for a child (see point #2) beyond one personally producing, there are nursing moms who do not produce any milk and simply use nursing (sometimes called dry nursing or comfort nursing) as a means of bonding with their child, not as a means to provide breast milk (see point #4).