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Breastfeeding Without Birthing: Breastfeeding for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, or Foster Care

by Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits:
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2014

Breastfeeding is important for all mothers and babies, even when (and possibly especially when) the baby arrives from another mother’s womb. Increasingly, mothers through adoption, surrogacy, and foster care are interested in nursing their babies. By providing support and helpful information, lactation professionals can play a key role in breastfeeding success for these special dyads. Breastfeeding without birthing mothers may need help latching their babies and/or inducing lactation. Specific tools for latching and protocols for inducing lactation will be presented. Many of these mothers will also need support in supplementing their milk production. Adoptive, intended, and foster mothers can successfully nurse their babies with good support and by approaching breastfeeding based on their own individual values and circumstances.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1:The learner will be able to identify who are the mothers who breastfeed without giving birth
Objective 2:The learner will be able to explain to others why breastfeeding in the case of adoption, surrogacy, or (in some cases) foster care is important
Objective 3:The learner will be able to facilitate mothers in establishing a support network
Objective 4: The learner will be able to be able to demonstrate how to help the mother of a non-latching baby to breastfeed
Objective 5:The learner will be able to explain the process of inducing lactation
Objective 6:The learner will be able to list how, how much, and with what to supplement breastfeeding
Objective 7: The learner will be able to recollect the speaker’s experience breastfeeding without birthing