Adoptive Moms Can Breastfeed – Inducing Lactation

adoptive_momsMany adoptive moms want to provide their babies with the benefits of breast milk, and they can by inducing lactation.

MEDICATIONS – There are no currently FDA approved medications to induce lactation. However there are some medications, such as Metocloprimide, an ulcer medication, that has been shown to stimulate or enhance milk production.

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS – many women have used herbal supplements in capsules or teas, to stimulate or increase milk production. None of these medications are FDA regulated or tested for purity or contaminants.

STIMULATION – Regular breast stimulation is necessary for milk production. Pumping every 2-3 hours until baby arrives, then put baby to breast to further stimulate lactation.

SUPPLEMENTATION –  There is no way to predict if you will be able to produce enough breast milk to fully support baby’s needs. If formula supplementation is necessary, a supplemental nurser system (SNS) can be used to provide adequate feedings at the breast.

GETTING STARTED –  If lactation induction is something you’re interested in, talk to your doctor as soon as possible, before the arrival of your baby. Milk production takes about 4 weeks after the initiation of pumping.

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