We are proud to present a series of podcasts for parents Breastfeeding Outside the Box, where we aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve. Our exceptional families include adoptive, intended, and foster families; gender and sexual minorities; families with special needs babies; parents who have had breast surgery; mothers with IGT or low milk production for other reasons; exclusively pumping mothers; and more.
042 Getting Started with Inducing Lactation/ Relactation
Cathy, like so many other non-birthing parents wanting to induce lactation or relactate, is trying to unravel all of the varying information she has received. So she emailed us for help. When I suggested we might share her email on the podcast so that we could help others in her shoes, Cathy agreed. This podcast episode is devoted to addressing Cathy's questions, concerns, and confusion around the basics of how to induce lactation/relactate -- and you might find it addresses some of yours as well! Below is the email that is the inspiration for today's episode:
I am 38 and have an almost 3-year-old son whom I nursed from birth-22 months. We are in the process of adoption. We are in process of our homestudy and imagine we'll be bringing an infant home within 9-12 months. I am eager to relactate for this baby. I have spoken with two of our local IBCLC's. One suggested the Newman-Goldfarb protocol, and the second suggested I contact you. My GP suggested I talk to my ob/gyn for the prescriptions and my ob/gyn said the only way to relactate is via pumping. As you can imagine, I am a bit frustrated.
At-Breast/Chest Supplementation Tips and More
For as long as I've known my podcast co-host Hope Lien, she has been my go-to person for questions about at-breast/chest supplementation. When nursing her daughter by adoption, at-breast supplementation was a key to her success - as it is for most parents who need to provide long-term supplementation. She understands first-hand how frustrating at-breast/chest supplementation can be at the beginning and how invaluable it can be in the long run.
Ask Dr. Nice: A Case Study on the Impact of Parent's Medications on Milk Production when Inducing Lactation
It's a case study! Something a little bit different in our discussion with Dr. Nice, our pharmacist expert. Alyssa had connected with a mom-to-be Courtni who was inducing lactation with very quick and abundant milk production. (We at Sweet Pea are always trying to learn more about how to support the nursing success of non-birthing parents!) ... but Alyssa could not find anything in Courtni's approach that was different than other parents she had worked with.
Stephanie Wagner, IBCLC, on chestfeeding and supporting the LGBTQIA community
As it turns out, breastfeeding is not just "A Womanly Art." Steph shares an incredible story about a same-sex male couple she worked with who both nursed their baby, exclusively providing human milk for baby's first 6 months. How? Creativity, support, milk expressed by baby's gestational carrier, and a tiny feeding tube at the father's nipple. Steph gives us the details of this amazing nursing relationship and how to support any LGBTQIA family interested in breastfeeding/chestfeeding/nursing.
Ditching the Dom - Inducing Lactation or Relactating without Domperidone
With the FDA warning against domperidone, we have noticed an increasing number of U.S. parents who choose to induce lactation or relactate without using the pharmaceutical medication domperidone. While we have spent many episodes discussing the safety and effectiveness of domperidone, our ultimate goal is to meet each parent with a plan for inducing lactation or relactation that is consistent with their preferences.
Ask Dr. Nice: Safety of Medications While Breastfeeding
For breastfeeding parents, safely taking medications - whether they are for the parent's health or for increasing milk production - can be complex. It is a delicate balance between the parent's health, the safety of the milk for the baby, and the importance of breastfeeding.
This podcast has been so helpful in my journey to adoptive breastfeeding. I can’t sing your praises enough!
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Breastfeeding Outside the Box is inclusive, sensitive, thoughtful, and full of passion. The guests on the show are raw, which is inspiring. I learn something every episode!! This has been a great resource during my doula training.