Breastfeeding the Adopted Child and Child Born to a Surrogate

Can you breastfeed your adopted baby or baby born through surrogacy or gestational carrier? Yes you can! Join our guests Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder of the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada, President of the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, and co-author of Newman-Goldfarb Protocols for induced lactation. She is also a mom through surrogacy and successfully breastfed her two sons. We also have two moms through adoption who successfully breastfed. One who adopted domestically at birth, and one who adopted internationally and her son was 7 months old at adoption.

Hit the Highlights
  • How can adoptive mother or intended mother create a milk supply for breastfeeding when they have not been pregnant?
  • What is the best protocol to induce lactation?
  • Do you have to use lactation inducing medications?
  • How safe is domperidone to use to increase your milk supply when breastfeeding an adopted child or a child born through surrogacy?
  • Surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, traditional surrogacy and breastfeeding.
  • Reglan vs. domperidone in inducing lactation.
  • How early before the baby arrives should you start to establish your milk supply through pumping?
  •  What type of breast pump should you use to start creating breast milk for your adopted baby or baby through surrogacy?
  •  How often should you pump your breast to prepare for adoptive breastfeeding or surrogacy breastfeeding?
  • What herbs can be used to help increase milk supply?
  • What happens if the baby arrives before you have a full supply of milk?
  • How soon will you start producing milk after you start the induced lactation protocol for adoptive breastfeeding or intended mother breastfeeding in surrogacy?
  • How do you train an adopted baby to latch onto the breast?
  • Can you breast feed an older adopted baby?
  • Can you nurse a child adopted from abroad?
  • International adoption and breastfeeding
  • Techniques to use to breastfeed an adopted child or child born to a gestational surrogate or traditional surrogate.
  • How to avoid problems with hospital personnel with adoptive breastfeeding.
  • If you are not able to nurse the baby immediately after birth, what should you do to minimize nipple confusion and encourage your baby to latch correctly?
  • Lactation aid
  • Supplemental feeding aids
  • How to find a lactation consultant.
  • Should you encourage the surrogate to breastfeed the child?
  • Should you ask the birth mother to breastfeed the child?
  • Can you breast feed a child that is accustomed to being bottle fed?
  • How can you tell if your child is getting enough breast milk?
  • How to handle the reaction of others to adoptive breastfeeding.

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