Making the decision to adopt a baby is a personal one. Therefore, as a mom and dad get closer to adopting their baby, they should think long and hard whether to bottle feed or breastfeed their new little one. For many couples, the option to breastfeed comes as a big surprise. Many moms do not realize that this can be an option for them. The next step is to figure out how to breastfeed an adoptive baby. The first step is to speak to a gym/ob, the doctor who you go to. Let your doctor discuss the options with you, the pros and cons of breastfeeding an adoptive baby. Breastfeeding is the most ideal way of giving nutrition as well as good antibodies into a babies system.
It is possible to breastfeed an adoptive baby with the proper support, good planning, guidance, motivation and commitment. Furthermore, breastfeeding an adoptive baby has become more popular. Breastfeeding is a beautiful way to bond with your newborn. However, there is a difference of a mom who has had previous children and a mom who has adopted a child and now wants to breastfeed. A mother who has had children all ready produces milk easier. However, both can be done. Preparing yourself mentally and physically as soon as the baby arrives is very important. In fact, the best way to stimulate breast milk is by having the baby sucking at your breast. Therefore, there are many different ways to go about inducing lactation, bringing on breast milk.
Let your doctor know how you feel about certain methods and medications and which ones you feel will work best for you as you discuss your choices together. Here are some ideas of what you can take in order to help you lactate: Galactagogues are medications that induce or enhance breast milk such as Metoclopramide, Reglan. Chlorpromazine can be used with Metaclopramide or as an alternative. Domperidone, Motilium also increases milk production. Fenugreek, an herb, can increase milk production, usually you need to use 2 to 3 capsules 3 times a day. Oxytocin can be used as an oral or nasal spray which is used to help with milk letdown. Additionally, formula can be given in a supplemental feeding tube.
This tube can be placed near your nipple while the baby sucks your breast, giving the baby extra nutrients while staying on your breast. (I have a great simple line that I use as a Lactation Consultant for my moms. If anyone wants to ask me about it, you can e mail me or call me.) Investing in a good electric breast pump is also very important for moms of aboptive babies. This helps get the breast milk out more efficiently as well as more quickly. Pumping on one side while the baby is sucking on the other seems to be the most effective way to get more milk at a feeding. Be very careful to monitor how you feel on Metaclopramides, Reglan and Domperidone.
They can have bad side effects. Some mothers feel very depressed on these medications. Fenegreek side effects is that you mat have more perspiration that smells like maple syrup. Other herbs includes blessed thistle, fennel, marshmallow root, red color and red raspberry. Taking one of these additional herbs is possible. But, again, consult with your doctor before starting any of these products or herbs. Some moms see better results by taking Mother’s Milk Tea which is found in many health food stores.In conclusion, setting realistic goals and expectations will help an adoptive mom feel good about breastfeeding her baby.
With the proper medication used, motivation and support from your loved ones, you will be able to successfully breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding can be an option for adoptive moms. Breastfeeding an adopted baby may not be easy at first however, it is well worth the effort.