Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?

Breastfeeding -- When You Have Not Given Birth

It is possible to breastfeed a baby even if you have not been pregnant.  This is called induced lactation.  The regular, intimate touch and the calming, relaxing effect of breastfeeding can ease the transition from the birth mother to the new family. Children up to 3 years of age have successfully started breastfeeding from an adoptive mother. Some mothers are able to make enough milk for their babies. Some will need to give their babies extra milk as well as breastfeeding. You and your baby will still get the benefits of breastfeeding even though you may not produce all the milk your baby will need.

As soon as you know that you will be adding a new member to your family you can start to preparing to breastfeed. It does take more time and effort to build a milk supply when you have not been pregnant. You will need to learn how breastmilk is made how to build up your milk supply. A lactation consultant can help you.

Think about these questions and then talk with the lactation consultant:

  • What are my goals for breastfeeding?
  • Can I do this in my situation?
  • Do I have enough support to do this?
  • Are there medical concerns that might affect my ability to breastfeed?