A woman can produce milk and breastfeed her adopted child, yes. To achieve this, however, you must have good counseling, be in close proximity to your infant, and have the infant stimulate your nipples. It has been done in the west, but even there it is not a common practice. To the best of my knowledge, it has not been implemented in India. You may need hormonal support. Given that there is no reason why you shouldn’t try breastfeeding and that there are many benefits to doing so in general, you should be clear about your decision. Best of luck!.
How can a mother breastfeed an adopted child, and can a woman produce milk in her breasts without being pregnant?
I’m adopting a newborn, and I’d like to breastfeed the baby when I bring him home. Can I produce breast milk if I haven’t been pregnant?Answer From Melissa A. Kurke, R.N., B.C.L.C.
It may be possible to breastfeed without getting pregnant (induced lactation) with a lot of effort and preparation.
During the last few months of pregnancy, a complex interaction between the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and human placental lactogen causes the body to naturally produce breast milk (lactation). At delivery, progesterone and estrogen levels drop, allowing prolactin to rise and start milk production.
Induced lactation depends on the successful replication of this process. Your doctor may recommend hormone therapy, such as extra estrogen or progesterone, to mimic the effects of pregnancy if you have time to prepare. Hormone therapy may last for months.
You’ll probably stop taking hormone therapy two months prior to when you expect to start breastfeeding, and you’ll start using a hospital-grade electric breast pump to pump your breasts. This encourages the production and release of prolactin. At first, pump for five minutes three times a day. Work your way up to 10 minutes of pumping every four hours, at least once during the night. Afterward, lengthen the time spent pumping to 15 to 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Continue the routine until the baby arrives.
Hormone therapy may not be an option if you have little time to prepare. Your doctor may suggest additional medications to help with lactation induction. Pumping remains important for whatever time you have.
Your doctor might advise continuing to pump after feedings when you first start breastfeeding the baby to help build up your milk supply. Even if you are able to successfully induce lactation, you may still need to give your baby additional feedings with formula or pasteurized donor human milk, especially in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Use a supplement feeding aid that delivers donor breast milk or formula through a device that attaches to your breast to promote continued nipple and breast stimulation. Supplemental feedings can also be given with a bottle. When you give your baby a bottle, pump every time to preserve your milk supply.
Get in touch with a lactation consultant at a nearby hospital or clinic to find out more about induced lactation and how to improve your chances of starting breastfeeding.
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Symptoms of lactating when you’re not pregnant
The most typical symptom of galactorrhea is excessive milk production from one or both breasts. Although men, newborn babies, and women experience the condition more frequently than those groups,
Other symptoms include: