Breastfeeding Adopted Baby

Breastfeeding is a beautiful way a mother can provide beneficial nutrients to her baby. A special bond is created through the precious moments of skin on skin contact. By supplying your baby with food from your body, some mother’s believe it’s the greatest experience they can have in their lives. But what about mothers who have chosen to adopt? Many women might not be aware, but breastfeeding your adopted baby can be done. Even if you’ve never given birth or breastfeed before, your body is still capable of producing breast milk. Today we are going to discuss how breastfeeding your adopted baby is beneficial to their health and the bonding experience, along with ways to prepare your body before they come home.

Breastfeeding Adopted BabyPreparing yourself for breastfeeding your new baby can be difficult. Although it’s not an easy task, and it takes a lot of time and real dedication, it can be done and the benefits you will gain are well worth it. Creating that mother/baby bond is the most important thing you need to focus on because most infants who are adopted are known to experience and feel loss and abandonment after delivery. Babies can recognize their mothers right after they are born once they are placed on their mother’s chest. They can identify them through smell and touch. If they are not placed directly in their adoptive mother’s arms they could develop a fear of separation and begin performing a distress call/cry. By supplying your baby with your natural milk you are not only giving them the best nutrients possible, but you are also enhancing the bond and creating an even stronger relationship with your child that they need to feel loved and secure.

Getting your body ready to breastfeed isn’t a tricky process, but it can take a while before you are able to produce enough breast milk to fully feed your baby. Adoption can be an unpredictable course. Some women have no time at all to prepare while others might be given several weeks or even months. If you don’t have time you will still be able to produce milk for your baby, and don’t get turned off if it’s a very small amount at first. What’s amazing about a woman’s body is we can produce breast milk once a baby begins breastfeeding. The suckling sensation triggers our bodies to think we have just given birth! Women who have more time before their child is brought home can have the chance to teach their body how to produce enough milk. You can practice by gently massaging your breasts a few times a day. It’s also recommended and encouraged to try breast pumping to stimulate your breasts even more. The more your breasts are stimulated, and the more milk you pump, the more breast milk your body will produce.

Many women who have trouble producing, or want to make more milk, can be prescribed hormones from their doctors to influence their bodies even more. This can work for several women. Other options include formula or you can try a donor’s breast milk. Whatever you chose just remember it’s all about the bonding experience you share with your little one. And always talk to your doctor or lactation consultant about what’s right for your body and baby if you have any questions or concerns when it comes to breastfeeding.

Birth Plan

Most expecting moms will have heard about the necessity of a birth plan, but may not know what it’s actually for. In fact, it is much more than a simple delivery strategy for you and your spouse. A birth plan is an actual printed document that explains your birthing preferences, such as labor pain, to your assigned medical team.

The majority of birthing centers and hospitals will provide you with a printed worksheet that explains your hospital’s philosophy, policies and procedures. In addition to this, it will describe the potential labor and delivery options you may face when giving birth. This information can help when facing difficult choices along the way by assisting you through a discussion with your healthcare provider about your preferences prior to labor; later, this conversation can be the foundation for your birth plan.

birth planA printed birth plan will also help your healthcare provider when you’re in active labor by reminding your labor-and-delivery nurses of your wishes. The majority of templates will include numerous situations regarding to labor pains, cesarean birth, vaginal birth, potential circumcision, placenta removal, and much more. 

 

Keep in mind that the unexpected can always happen and you won’t be able to control every aspect of your labor and delivery. Because of this, you will need to remain flexible. Your assigned birthing team may have to depart from your original plan in order to do what is best for both you and your baby.

As a side note, remember to provide copies of your plan for the hospital nurses!

Celebrity Baby Round Up: Spring Deliveries for Proud Famous Parents

Celebrity Baby Round Up: Spring Deliveries for Proud Famous ParentsJust in time for Mother’s Day—do you know which famous moms-to-be have delivered their own little stars? We’re taking a look at the newest, littlest group of Hollywood royalty to arrive. From movie stars to sports legends, a lot of talented celebrities are welcoming babies into their families!

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler

It’s a boy for The Fabulist’s Kristin and husband, Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler. The happy couple welcomed son Jaxon Wyatt Cutler on May 7th. The little man weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and joins older brother Camden. Kristin posted a picture on her personal Instagram account to announce her baby’s birth; judging from the sweet sheepskin booties and blue knit hat, Kristin’s son Jaxon is going to be one stylish baby.

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman

Funny actress Barrymore gave birth to her second daughter on April 22th. As a woman with a masculine first name, Drew continued the tradition and named her second daughter Frankie. We think it’s a great, unique name without being off-the-wall! Even though her daughters are still very young, Drew has big plans for their futures. In a recent interview with Redbook, Drew told the magazine that “I would really like to raise kids to do summer jobs and intern, and understand that if you are supposed to be somewhere at 3 o’clock, you need to be there at 3 o’clock.”

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming-Willis

Bruce and his second wife Emma welcomed their second daughter on May 5th. Evelyn Penn is Bruce’s fifth daughter (he has three adult daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore). Congratulations to the proud papa!

Roger Federer and Mirka Federer

This international tennis superstar and his wife Mirka welcomed their second set of twins, both boys, to the world this week. The couple is already parents to identical twin 4-year-old girls. What are the odds of two sets of twins? We’re not sure, but we’re willing to bet these happy parents will have their hands full for the foreseeable future.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

The ultra-private Scandal actress and her NFL husband quietly celebrated the arrival of their little girl, Isabelle Amarachi, on April 22nd without the typical fanfare of a celebrity baby. The first-time mom is resting quietly at home with her new daughter.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

Traditional baby names are definitely in style this spring, because you don’t hear the name Otis Alexander too often! The engaged pair welcomed their first son this past Easter. Proving she retained her sense of humor during delivery, Olivia tweeted from the hospital “Ladies and Gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building (I’m the building).” We’ll miss Olivia’s glamorous pregnancy style but look forward to her little one’s chic ensembles to come!

Gender Predictors and Ultrasound Tests: Did You Find Out Your Baby’s Sex Before Delivery?

Gender Predictors and Ultrasound Tests: Did You Find Out Your Baby’s Sex Before Delivery?

What do you think, moms? Did you want to know your baby’s sex the first second you possibly could, or were you adamant about waiting until delivery to know if you were welcoming a daughter or son into the world? Choosing whether or not to know your baby’s sex is an important decision every expectant couple faces today. Recent advances in ultrasound technology make it even easier to accurately know your baby’s gender as early as four months pregnant. So, did you choose to wait or was your nursery painted blue or pink before your baby’s arrival?

Learning a baby’s sex before delivery might seem like a ruined surprise to some couples, while others are happy to have the extra months to plan, shop, and pick a name before the big day. But be careful if you reveal your baby’s sex before delivery—you might unknowingly open yourselves to unsolicited advice and opinions from well-meaning friends, family members, and strangers. Think about keeping the gender to yourselves and close friends if you’re set on knowing beforehand. After all, in less than a year everyone will know one way or the other!

If you keep your baby’s sex a surprise, don’t be alarmed when family members and strangers try out their baby gender predictions on you and your growing bump! There’s an ancient, folkloric element to guessing a baby’s gender before birth, and many cultures have unique traditions that predict whether or not you’ll have a son or a daughter.

Whether or not you choose to find out before delivery, it’s important to remember that your baby’s sex is only one part of your child’s identity. Hoping for a healthy, happy infant should be the #1 priority in every expectant parent’s book. We’re sure you will dote on your little one whether you have a boy or a girl! Foster your loving bond with your little one by caring for them with all the love you have to give.

Did you choose to wait to find out your baby’s sex? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!