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Old 11-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Nursing an adopted child

Have some questions. Has anyone ever attempted to nurse a child they did not give birth too?!? I was told that it is possible and I had a few options. My doctor suggested donperidone or fenugreek with pumping or I could take several months of birth control. I am not sure about messing with my hormones that much. So I am taking fenugreek at least three times a day and pumping twice. I get something similar to colostrum. Does anyone know how long it might take for the milk to come in????


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Old 11-26-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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From what I hear about the same for a new mom to start. Birthing helps trigger body but yes adopted moms can too. I haven't adopted & breastfed but heard about it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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Re: Nursing an adopted child

You can get your self a lact-aid nursing trainer (available here: They were designed by an adoptive mother who always dreamed of breastfeeding. They help give baby a supplement if your milk doesn't come in right away or if for some reason you don't have a full supply. That way your body gets the message that you have a hungry baby because baby is nursing for every feeding. I have used this for months now (not an adoptive mom, just low supply) and I think it is really great. The website also has tons of info about adoptive nursing.

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