These days, of course, we know that breastfeeding/chestfeeding is possible for many parents who aren't birthing their children. These are parents who are expecting a baby via adoption or a gestational carrier, or who will be co-nursing a baby their partner carried.
As you contemplate pursuing this, your mind and heart might be jumping around like mine were in 2012:
For parents who want to go it alone, the book
Breastfeeding Without Birthing is a great resource.
We can't control all the variables. But we can eliminate frustration and overwhelm while maximizing the odds of meeting your personal definition of breastfeeding success.
I am an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant who has supported over 40 parents in the breastfeeding-without-birth process. But I am also a mama who did adoptive breastfeeding with my own son.
The Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast interviewed me about my personal experiences. You can read more here or listen by using the player below.
Sally gave me the incredible gift of helping me induce lactation in order to breastfeed our son, who we adopted. She was so caring and encouraging, and her knowledge was priceless through the whole process! Not only did breastfeeding help us create a strong bond but it also provided the best nourishment to help his development.”
It’s two weeks until my baby is due [via surrogate] and I am already pumping 120 ml a day. I am so grateful for Sally’s help.”
Sally helped me and my wife, Lynn, co-nurse our daughter. Sally’s knowledge and sensitivity are both assets in this process. She helped us define goals that worked for us and then reach them. I highly recommend her.”
— Marie N.
In the intense excitement of your baby's arrival, you will want to undertake breastfeeding knowing you have had the best guidance for the right methods for your needs. You can get started by booking an appointment today.Book a Non-Gestational Breastfeeding Appointment
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