Jan 26, 2016
shared with Hope the breastfeeding story that
inspired Breastfeeding Without Birthing. It has
been 10 years since Alyssa became an adoptive parent who nursed her
baby, and she has been working hard ever since to grow information
and support around breastfeeding without pregnancy and birth.
passion for breastfeeding grew out of her experience nursing her
first two (biological) children. When she and her husband
planned to adopt, she knew that breastfeeding would be a very
important part of that plan.
a Full Milk Supply when Inducing Lactation
While many mothers who induce
lactation hope to build a fully supply, few of them do.
Alyssa was one of the fortunate ones. Why are some
mothers able to produce a full supply and others much less?
We really don't have all the answers, just as we don't have
all the answers why some mothers by birth cannot produce a full
supply. But we do have some inclinations:
- Mothers who've birthed and breastfed before tend to make more
- Mothers who work with an International Board Certified
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) tend to make more milk.
- Mothers who effectively and frequently empty their breasts make
more milk, usually either by pumping with a hospital-grade breast
pump or by breastfeeding with an at-breast supplementer.
- Mothers who take the medication domperidone tend to make more
- Mothers who have experienced infertility due to hormonal
reasons tend to make less milk.
Alyssa emphasized that nursing very frequently (up to 14 times
per day) was a challenge, yet she believes it was an important
factor in why she was able to breastfeed her adopted daughter
without supplementation. She explained that frequently nursing her
baby allowed her to get enough milk over the course of the day,
even though her breasts probably didn't produce very much milk at
each feeding. Producing a small amount of milk each time the
breasts are emptied is referred to as "small breast storage
capacity" and is typical of mothers whose bodies haven't just