Can a Woman Breastfeed an Adopted Baby?


breastfeedingSometimes there are couples who adopt a baby who are still a few months old and still needs breast milk. But can a woman breastfeed an adopted baby?

In general, the natural production of breast milk (lactation) is triggered by a complex interaction between the estrogen hormone, progesterone and prolactin during the last few months of pregnancy. When someone gives birth, the estrogen and progesterone levels will drop dramatically but prolaktinnya levels remain high. The result is a lactation or breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding or lactation period is defined as the production and release (secretion) of milk from the mammary gland to provide milk for babies.

“But with preparation and a strong will, lactation without pregnancy (induced Lactation) or breast-feeding an adopted baby can be done,” said Dr. Roger W. Harms, MD, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, according to Mayo Clinic.

This process can be started by stimulating the nipple. Then pumps the breast using breast milk pump every 3 hours, starting approximately 2 months before a person can expect to breastfeed. This stimulation encourages the production and release of the prolactin hormone.

“Sometimes doctors also prescribe hormone therapy such as estrogen dna progesterone to mimic the effects of pregnancy, hormone therapy will be stopped shortly before feeding begins,” he said.

At that time breastfeeding is expected to stimulate and maintain milk production, so the doctor will suggest to continue pumping. Generally there is no specific drug that is intended to induce lactation. But sometimes supplementary feeding that is expected to increase the success of induction of lactation is also required.

In addition to inducing lactation for an adopted baby, there are also some cases that cause a person to feed without the prior pregnancy and generally not dangerous.