Since breast milk is recommended as the best food for babies, many families who plan to adopt are interested in whether they will have this option with their new addition. The answer is: Yes. Breastfeeding an adopted baby through induced lactation is possible, but it takes plenty of planning, introspection, and support.
My friend Marina attaches the suction cup of the breast pump to her nipple and presses the button. The mechanical noise from the pump mixes with the sounds of advertising executives having lunch. Marina has a two-year-old daughter who's starting to wean, and I've come by her office to have lunch with her and drink some of her breast milk.
Are you wondering if there are foods you can eat to support lactation and naturally increase your breast milk production? Well, many foods are considered galactagogueswhich can help you to make more breast milk. Throughout the world, women in different cultures eat certain milk-making foods right after childbirth and while they're breastfeeding.
If you have been on the breastfeeding journey or supported a loved one through it, you may have heard these myths:. I am no stranger to these myths. In fact, every year during World Breastfeeding Week celebrations the first week of AugustI find myself reflecting on my breastfeeding experience and the pressures parents on this journey are currently facing.
Breastfeeding has important health benefits for your baby and helps the two of you bond. The benefits are even higher for babies who are born high-risk. Babies in the NICU need a mother's breast milk to help support their immune systems, improve their digestion, and decrease the risk of a serious condition called NEC necrotizing enterocolitis.
There really are no medications available that are specifically manufactured to increase the supply of breast milkbut there are prescription drugs designed for other conditions that are used for that purpose. These medications cause an increase in the level of prolactinthe hormone responsible for milk production, so they have the side effect of making breast milk. Under the direct supervision and monitoring of a doctor, these medications have been prescribed to help create, re-establish or increase the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers.
Many women hand express milk to reduce engorgement,  prevent let down, and save milk for later use. For some women, hand expression can be a more comfortable alternative to breast pumps. The process can be done anywhere, and without special tools or devices.
A: Most women have one breast that produces more milk compared to the other. In some cases, particularly if a woman has had surgery on her breasts breast implants, large biopsies, or breast reductionsone breast produces close to nothing. In most women, however, the body makes more or less milk based on demand. In the early phases of breastfeeding, some babies prefer one breast over the other and, based on that, some mothers feed more on one side.
By Julie Bindel, original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statementjournalist, author, human rights campaigner. Phnom Penh, Cambodia —I am in a clinic where local women sell their breast milk, which up until recently was then shipped to the United States for consumption. Chanda is sitting at a table, breastfeeding her infant.