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Old 06-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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What do you think about breastfeeding someone else's baby or having someone else breastfeed your baby? I'm think it's something that could be beneficial occasionally, like for a new mom who is tired or having trouble breastfeeding and needs a break to have a family member or friend breastfeed the baby. I wonder if in other countries this is common. I'd totally do it but I don't think I'd offer as I think most people would find it weird.

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I'd be fine with feeding someone else's baby or someone I knew feeding mine. I would have preferred a friend feed DD instead of her getting formula in the hospital. However, I don't know how to bring that sort of thing up, as many people would be uncomfortable with the idea.
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I couldnt-nurse another baby or have someone nurse mine. Dh would flip out if I even suggested it. On the other hand, if it was to save the babys life then I'd do it in a heart beat.
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I would nurse someone else's baby. I wouldn't have someone nurse mine unless it was a true need. Not for a break or anything like that.
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I think they're fine as long as you know them and they're not like drinking or doing drugs. But you can get breastmilk tested for things to make sure it's safe.

I would worry a little about it affecting a mom's supply if she was just doing it for sleep issues.
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Honestly, I have no problem with others doing it (especially when it's a baby in need of BM, and the mom is having trouble or is unable to nurse!) but I would not be comfortable with it myself. I think it would feel awkward to nurse someone elses baby - like I would be cheating on my own babies It's just such a personal, intimate experience. I would have no problem pumping and letting another baby drink my milk, or letting my kids consume donated milk.
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What do you think about breastfeeding someone else's baby or having someone else breastfeed your baby? I'm think it's something that could be beneficial occasionally, like for a new mom who is tired or having trouble breastfeeding and needs a break to have a family member or friend breastfeed the baby. I wonder if in other countries this is common. I'd totally do it but I don't think I'd offer as I think most people would find it weird.
I agree, I'd love to do it but it would be awkward to bring up. I think it could be really beneficial if two breastfeeding moms wanted to babysit for eachother. My DS won't take a bottle so the only way I can be away from him is in between feedings.
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I would be comfortable with it (me nursing or my baby being nursed). I have actually had this discussion with a couple of close friends. I can't imagine a stranger nursing my baby, but I'd be 100% comfortable with a couple of my very close friends doing it. I know they are healthy, don't do drugs etc. I would also have no problem doing the same for them. None of us have ever had breastfed babies at the same time, but perhaps one day it will happen!
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I would be fine with it either way assuming I knew the person well and trusted them. Neither seems strange to me. In fact, my mom nursed someone else's child at least once when we were little. She was still nursing a baby (don't remember which of us), and she was babysitting another nursing child for a couple of days. The mom had sent bottles but the baby was inconsolable no matter what she tried. She was in the church nursery and another mom said, "You know what he wants, just nurse him!" She did it and instantly calmed the baby.
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I'd be fine feeding someone else's baby. Husband wouldn't mind either. As for someone feeding mine-I'd probably be Ralph's but if there was a legitimate need then it's be fine.
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