As a midwife who upholds and advocates for new mother’s to breastfeed, it was a no-brainer that I would breastfeed any infants that I adopted. With my twins, they were already toddlers when they arrived in my home and I was completely oblivious to adoptive breastfeeding or extended breastfeeding for that matter. With baby M the desire to nurse him was natural and after failed attempts with commercial formula, I knew that the only way to go was to nurse him and supplement with a formula made by own hands. They story is nothing short of amazing. That journey was truly blessed by God! Curious? Read about it here
When baby A arrived we didn’t have much time to prepare. We got the call on Monday stating that her birth mother was in labor, we saw our baby for the first time on Tuesday, it took two additional days to get all the paperwork squared away, and on Friday we brought her home. So you see? There was no time to prepare to breastfeed. No time to pump, or start consuming lactation tea, no time for anything!
Baby M was 14 months old when she was born and I had stopped nursing him about 6 months prior to that. He was having ongoing issues with latching and had started to self-wean. My breasts were still able to produce drops of breast milk but it was nowhere near the amount that was needed to sustain a hungry newborn.
The first thing that I did after walking in the door and giving the 3 older boys a moment to oooh and ahhh over her, was put her to breast. She latched on like a champ and started suckling right away. I can’t say I was surprised. After all she was still a newborn and the suckle reflex was very strong! She was bottle fed while at the hospital but it seemed as though she knew she had something bigger and better coming her way. The ninnie!
Latching was never an issue for her. I went into hibernation mode and nursed her on demand around the clock. I pulled out the recipe for my homemade coconut ninnie milk and supplemented her nursing sessions with this formula. She received all of her feedings at the breast. This was possible with the use of the amazing Lact-Aid Supplemental Nursing System.
I stopped practicing as a midwife (long term temporary) and stayed home to ensure that I could nurse this sweet little girl as she needed. My hobby of making natural body products became a viable home based business during this time. I was also contact by a major US infant formula manufacturer who got word of my “coconut ninnie milk”. They wanted to help me bring it to the commercial market. Shut your mouth! My homemade formula is going to be widely available to mama’s and babies throughout the US. I’m still in awe!
At times we (adoptive breastfeeding mothers) can get so caught up with how much milk we are producing, we forget the other major benefits of breastfeeding. Bonding, comfort, digestive support, growth and development. Yes, the whole breastfeeding experience is amazing and you and your baby will benefit greatly from it. Baby A and I are still going strong with nursing and she just celebrated her 1st birthday a couple of weeks ago.
I stopped using the supplemental feeder about 4 months ago. She nurses only from my breast now and I estimate that she has been getting about 60-70% of the milk she needs from me. I am so enjoying this experience and trust that I will nurse anymore babies that my husband and I are blessed to adopt.