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Inducing Lactation - FYI

I've seen a few posts about adoptive parents breast feeding but though everyone always seems interested, it seems most don't know too much about it, so I thought I'd share what I learned today.

I called a lactation specialist in my area.  She made it sound quite easy actually.  I know realistically, even pregnant women sometimes can't breast feed but the consultant made me feel much more optimistic about my chances.  She said 30-40% of her clients are able to fully breast feed and most everyone else can at least partially breast feed.

I will schedule an appt to learn more once we are matched or at least once our home study is finalized, but she said it can be as simple as taking BCP for a month and then starting to use a breast pump. It will be hard with timing since she says you should start 1-2 months ahead and I know not all of us will have that luxury, but if we can at least provide some breast milk (even through a bottle), that'll make me happy since the health benefits have always been very important to me.

I'd be happy to hear success stories if there are any out there! 

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  • Thanks for the info!!! The LC I contacted also made it sound fairly simple and I am hoping that is the case. Keep us posted!! I'm really interested in this :-)
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  • image Rachel Sonnier:
    Thanks for the info!!! The LC I contacted also made it sound fairly simple and I am hoping that is the case. Keep us posted!! I'm really interested in this :-)

    They also referred me to la leche league (http://www.llli.org/) which had a book they recommended.  I just ordered it and will post after I read it if I think it's good for everyone else to check out. 

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    DX: Unexplained infertility, DH normal 
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  • image Hav=Fath:

    That makes me sad, so sad. I wanted to BF so bad, more than anything else I wanted to. I called 2 LC's in our area (actually we don't have any here, but an hour away they have them) and they were so discouraging, pretty much guaranteeing that it would not work and would be a complete waste of efforts. Since I was so scared to do the endless work she said it would require, and afraid I would end up with milky boobs and the BM would change her mind, I didn't even try. I felt guilty every.single.time I fixed her a bottle, it took me quite a while to get over it.

    I just wish I had spoke to someone that had been more encouraging, or been on this board. 

    I'm so sorry to hear that, but though I'm more optimistic after speaking with the consultant, I know it may not work.  It may be very difficult with timing.  Even if you tried, it may not have worked.  And I'm told formula has come a long way. Smile

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  • It was not as easy as you think... the concept is easy... but getting an OB to be on board was nearly impossible... and pumping has to be done often and for quite some time.  It is also easier if you have given birth (which I have not). I did start producing milk but only drops.  I also was taking fenugreek to increase supply and found that since I never used birth control previously, my body did not respond the way it was supposed to in the limited amount of time I had.

    I definitely would try it again, but be prepared for a frustrating battle if you try. I had a month to prepare and ended up using donated breast milk and supplementing with formula. 

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  • Thanks for the info! I was planning to look into this more and contact a LC as soon as we're done with our dear BM letter. My doctor wasn't really that supportive when I brought it up-especially since we want to TTC in the future and I already have irregular ovulation- but she also didn't seem very supportive of breast feeding in general. I know there's a chance it won't work but I really want to at least try.
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  • I have a friend that adopted and breast feed her too :)  She said it was a great bonding experience but hard work.  I just wanted to add that breastfeeding is not easy at all. I dont say this to discourgae you but to say it isnt as easy as it looks on TV. I really wish TVs shows would show the whole process.  I BF our son for 5 months and it was emotionally and physically exhausting. So dont beat yourself up if it doesnt go as planned ( I tell all mothers this).  One thing that worked against us and just want you to keep in the back of your mind is sometimes babys are tongue tied (although not common) and cant get a good latch.  Our son was and apparently my husband was as a child too. that would have been great to know at first. Our lactation consultant caught it and they are the ones that usually catch those things. So I highly rec'd a lacation consultant (which you have)  Did she give you a recommendation on which breast pump to use? I used the Medala Pump in Style but Ive heard some people have issues with the suction after awhile.  Before I got mine, my son was in the NICU and I used the hospital one and I know you can also rent those as well. Man those baby have a suction like nothing else. lol I never thought a nipple could be so contourted. lol  If you have any questions about BF in general, I can help. Did she also mention fenugreek too. Its an herb that helps with BF/milk supply.  Also beer does too (something about the yeast).
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  • I also wanted to add that my friend that BF her adopted daughter did it for a year :)  Ill email her to see if she can write up something on what she did. :)
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  • image MauidAims:
    I have a friend that adopted and breast feed her too :)  She said it was a great bonding experience but hard work.  I just wanted to add that breastfeeding is not easy at all. I dont say this to discourgae you but to say it isnt as easy as it looks on TV. I really wish TVs shows would show the whole process.  I BF our son for 5 months and it was emotionally and physically exhausting. So dont beat yourself up if it doesnt go as planned ( I tell all mothers this).  One thing that worked against us and just want you to keep in the back of your mind is sometimes babys are tongue tied (although not common) and cant get a good latch.  Our son was and apparently my husband was as a child too. that would have been great to know at first. Our lactation consultant caught it and they are the ones that usually catch those things. So I highly rec'd a lacation consultant (which you have)  Did she give you a recommendation on which breast pump to use? I used the Medala Pump in Style but Ive heard some people have issues with the suction after awhile.  Before I got mine, my son was in the NICU and I used the hospital one and I know you can also rent those as well. Man those baby have a suction like nothing else. lol I never thought a nipple could be so contourted. lol  If you have any questions about BF in general, I can help. Did she also mention fenugreek too. Its an herb that helps with BF/milk supply.  Also beer does too (something about the yeast).

    I appreciate your input.  I didn't mean to imply that it would be super easy.  As a matter of fact, I assumed it would be quite difficult and that most people cannot BF under these circumstances.  However, this LC was so optimistic and her stats were so good that it gave me hope that I didn't originally have.  But it's good to be realistic.  I plan to meet with her to discuss this in more detail so that's when we'll go over pumps and herbal supplements.  Thanks so much!

    Married Since 09/2006, TTC Since 09/2010 
    DX: Unexplained infertility, DH normal 
    3 Femara cycles - Oct, Nov, Dec 2011, all BFNs 
    IVF #1, ER 2/15 (5R, 4M, 4F), ET 2/18, Beta 2/29 = BFN :( 
    Follistim + IUI on 6/25 = BFN 
    Home Study Finalized 8/14/12! Profile Active - 8/17/12! 
    Officially Matched 8/29/12, Our perfect angel born 9/25/12! 
    Biggest surprise ever, unexpected BFP on 4/12/13! 

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