That's a very good question, Elicia! I'll have to find out, I honestly hadn't even thought about it. So far, no one at the agency knows we're going to name her Addie (well, Adriana, but Addie for short) but that would be so cool for them to start calling her that! Thanks for the idea!
I haven't had a chance to look - but have you been over to the breastfeeding board? I started looking into it about a year ago when we were going for adoption - I found the ladies there to be really helpful
Those books your reading sound really great, there's something comforting about being able to relate to what your reading, don't you think? I hope the 2nd one is just as good, sounds like something I'd love to read too!
Yep, I've been to the Everything BF board. I decided that I didn't want to take an meds to induce lactation, so I'm just going to use a supplementer (Lact-Aid) until my milk comes in. Might take a while, but I think it might be the healthiest alternative for me and the baby.
It's so great to hear that you used Lact Aid successfully, Julia! I've been reading lots of good things about it. I cannot wait to try! I've also read about Fenugreek, but not Mother's Milk. What is it, exactly? Thanks for all these great tips! You know it's funny, I never really thought of myself as particularly "crunchy", but it's certainly looking that way from all the mommyhood choices I'm making!
Oh Julia, you don't have to look up the ingredients for me! I was just curious what Mother's Milk really was - is it actually milk that's good for mom's milk supply? I had just never heard of it before!
How are you guys doing with the new house??
I was once told by a principal in my kids' school that I shouldn't breastfeed there, I was being descreet and all, but she still asked me to go to nurse's room " to be more comfortable" as" it's not a good thing for children to see"(???!!!) All the children were in class at the time, I just picked up my DS#3 from preschool and had to wait 15 minutes for my DS#2 to be done with Kindergarten (all in one school) . Even though it was my 5th child breastfeeding and even though I knew she was wrong and (in Michigan)broke the law, I still felt humiliated somehow and self-concious after that. I think it was the first time anyone had said anything negative about breastfeeding to me.
My DH printed out articles about how it's illegal in MI to discriminate against BF mothers and gave it to her for "educational purposes".
I went on BF my son and everyone after that but I still have a huge dislike towards that person.
Why am I writing this? To let you know that there are people who - I think - are feeling guilty that they didn't or couldn't BF so they will try to spoil it for those who are making an effort.
I am really in awe with you for taking this extra step for your Addie's benefit! I learned that being relaxed about it also helps. On some days I would have low supply and baby would always be hungry, I caved in and gave the bottle and then nursed more often later.
Sorry for such a long post.
I'm so proud of you for making the decision! I wish I could have some advice for you, a lot of people think it's weird to breastfeed a child that isn't "yours". I think it's wonderful, and natural. Julia will have a TON of information for you if yoiu're not wanting to use domperidone to get your milk in. I think you *can* successfully get milk without it. I think you *can* do whatever YOU want. As for telling people, I'd wait and bring it up casually in conversation at an appropriate time. If you don't treat it as anything unusual hopefully they'll be more relaxed. It's hard, but you're obviously so committed that you can overcome people's discomfort. You're awesome Sandy.