Becoming a mother through surrogacy is an extraordinary journey filled with excitement, anticipation, and a unique set of challenges. One such challenge is breastfeeding the newborn. Fortunately, it is possible for intended mothers to breastfeed their babies born via surrogacy through a process known as induced lactation.
Understanding Induced Lactation
Induced lactation refers to the process of stimulating milk production in women who have not recently been pregnant. This process involves ‘tricking’ the body into producing milk through various methods, including hormonal therapy, breast stimulation, and medication.
The Process of Induced Lactation
The primary method for intended mothers to induce lactation is through breast emptying. This can be achieved by breastfeeding, pumping, or hand expression. Most lactation consultants recommend starting with pumping for 5-10 minutes about 3-4 times a day, gradually increasing as the body starts responding.
Planning for Induced Lactation
Intended mothers need to start planning for induced lactation well before the baby is born. This allows enough time for the body to respond to the stimulation and start producing milk. Consulting with a lactation expert can help devise a personalized plan based on individual circumstances.
Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for Intended Mothers
Through induced lactation, intended mothers can provide their babies with the nutrition they need during their early stages of life. Moreover, breastfeeding also offers potential health benefits for the intended mother, including reduced risk of certain cancers.
Emotional Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding a baby born via surrogacy can have profound emotional benefits, fostering a stronger bond between the intended mother and the baby.
Breastfeeding through induced lactation is a viable option for intended mothers. While the journey may require commitment and patience, the rewards of this intimate bonding experience can be incredibly fulfilling.
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