Breastfeeding an adopted child is seldom considered, simply because parents are largely unaware that it is even a possibility. It is not necessary for a mother to have been pregnant to breastfeed, and if the right steps are taken, you may be able to enjoy a successful breastfeeding experience with your newest addition.
Being pregnant does help the breastfeeding process along since hormones including progesterone, estrogen and prolactin are released to help prepare the breasts to make breastmilk. These hormones enlarge milk ducts and alveoli which promotes the flow of milk.
But the hormone prolactin is not only released during pregnancy. The stimulation of the nipples can also release prolactin which can then lead to the secretion of milk.
Not only can adopted children benefit from the numerous health benefits of breastmilk, the skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her adopted baby during the feeding process is beneficial as well.
The first step is to rent or purchase a hospital-grade electric pump. Start off by gently massaging your breast for a few minutes and then continue by placing the electric pump to the breast. Pump for eight to ten minutes at a time.
It is common for your nipples and possibly your breasts to feel tender or sore after the first few sessions. You can increase your comfort by making sure that the pump is not “pulling” too hard at the nipple and by lubricating the pump flange with a thin coating of oil (cooking oil will do).
Do not expect to begin producing milk overnight. It can take weeks for your body to begin producing milk, and even then you should not expect to be able to produce enough to sufficiently feed your baby.
There are some medications which a physician may prescribe to increase your chances of lactation and to boost your milk supply.
When you first meet your adopted child, remember that you are a complete stranger to him or her. Introducing your baby to breastfeeding should be done gently and respectfully, though you will also need to be persistent in offering your bub the option.
Never force your baby to breastfeed. It is something which he or she should choose to do and feel comfortable doing. If you continue to experience difficulties, you can contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) for additional guidance and expert advice.
Many mums will not produce enough milk to sufficiently nourish their bub. But you can still breastfeed your child by using alternative feeding devices that promote skin-to-skin contact while ensuring your child is well-fed.
One system which is currently available is theMedela Supplemental Nursing System (SNS). This system allows mums to feed premixed or concentrated formula through a pair of thin tubes which are attached at the areola with surgical tape (never use powdered formula as it may not be able to travel through the tubing). This allows your baby to nurse normally while receiving a mix of your breastmilk and formula.
Another system on the market is the Lact-Aid Nursing Trainer. This system functions similarly to the SNS, however it uses collapsible plastic bags rather than plastic bottles, making it easier for you to discreetly feed your baby.
The comfort of a mum and her baby is key to having a rewarding breastfeeding experience. Here atPeachymama, we offer breastfeeding attire featuring a panel system which allows a mum to breastfeed her baby with confidence.
See what we have in store for you atwww.peachymama.com.au.
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The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body. This means that if you were say, an AU/UK ’S’ (8-10) before bubs came along, you’ll most likely be the same now in Peachymama sizing.
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra.
|FRONT RISE||28||11||29||11 1/2||30||11 3/4||31||12|
|INSIDE LEG||76||30||77||30 1/3||78||30 2/3||79||31|
* 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.
In the video, Taryn wears size 12/14 (AU Medium)
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