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Adoptive Breastfeeding for a Second Time

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has managed to nurse (adoptive breastfeed) more than one child?  I was able to successfully breastfeed my first child who we adopted as an infant and am still nursing him at almost 2 years old.  I would like to try and reboot my supply to prepare for a second adoption in the coming six months so I just started adding in a couple of pumping sessions but it’s really slow going.  Either I’m producing very little at this point or I’m really not responding well to the pump.  For the last several months, my son has only nursed on one side so while I can get drops, I’m having a really hard time producing anything more on that side. I’m able to pump on the other side okay. 

Any advice or expertise to share?  I have a hard time imagining rebuilding my supply so that it’s even close to what a newborn what need - I’m fine with supplementing, but am curious to hear from other second timers! 

Thanks in advance - good luck to all those of you just starting out!


Keep up the pumping. Once you have an infant and it nurses more, you will produce more. I was never a huge producer, only made what baby took in and could never pump extra. But I was able to nurse 4 kids!! smile Good luck!!

Posted by MotheringBoys on Jun 20, 2013 at 4:30am

Get a breastfeeding consultant or attend Le Leche support meetings.  Those ladies will know exactly what to do!  If you’re adopting again soon, I’d keep b-feeding the toddler and get him to switch sides.  Keeping the supply going naturally sure beats pumping!

Posted by mamaof2browngirls on Jun 20, 2013 at 7:16pm

The fact that you have already successfully breastfed a baby through adoption bodes very well for your future breastfeeding success!  If things seem to be going very differently for you than the first time you induced lactation, you may want to see a lactation consultant (IBCLC) to help do the detective work of seeing what is different and how to remedy it.  Good luck!!

Posted by Alyssa IBCLC on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:12am

You could start trying some of the herbs, like fenugreek, fennel, and blessed thistle.

Posted by Lyds780 on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:04am

Thanks everyone for the comments - I checked back a couple of times and for some reason - it showed no replies!  And today, I see that four of you replied - sorry for not responding earlier, I didn’t mean to be rude. 

My pediatrician is an IBCLE as well and I worked with a breastfeeding clinic before that I’ll go back to.  I’m just trying to get things started on my own before we even do our update.  It makes such a difference to have supportive professionals - but none of them have actually tried this. 

Trying to get a two year old to do something he doesn’t want to do (nurse on the left) is like herding cats LOL!  I think the sodium content has gone up on that side so it’s unappealing to him.  I’ve tried pumping but it’s not going so well - the LC I spoke with said that it’s actually probably more like newborn milk at this stage. 

Just got my more milk plus special blend - that was my magic bullet last time - I’ll start taking it in the next couple of days. 

I sort of relactated last time - we lost a pregnancy around 5 months and I started pumping/storing milk about a month later.  We had already started the adoption process before I found out I was pregnant and when we returned, we were matched quite quickly.  At this point, I’m really hoping to be able to boost this supply enough to nurse.  I’m having a hard-time motivating, I hate the pump! 

Thanks for the support though - I was glad to see this group bumped on the Adoptive Families FB page, I had no idea it existed!

Posted by KZB on Jun 27, 2013 at 4:54am

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