I have a particular heart for adoption. I came from a large family where other children were welcomed. My brothers, sisters and extended family have adopted and now I have an adopted grandchild. If adoption is part of your journey and you would like the experience of breastfeeding, I am here to help. Breastfeeding is a normal part of comforting as well as feeding a baby. There are protocols available on the internet to help with bringing in milk prior to anticipated arrival of your child. Check out www.asklenore.com. A lactation consultant’s part in helping adoptive moms is to coach, encourage, make adaptions to the plan as needed throughout the process.
If an adoptive mom is not able to attain full milk production, any breastfeeding time is beneficial to both mom and baby. Donor milk or formula can be used with a lactation aid to supplement whatever mom is able to produce. And bottle-feeding can be done in a baby-led way that is more physiologic. See information on side-lying paced bottle-feeding.