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Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation are Possible!


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Not many people are aware of the fact that induced lactation (when a mother stimulates her body to produce milk even if she hasn’t experienced a recent birth or pregnancy) and relactation (when a woman rebuilds her milk supply after weeks or months of little or no breastfeeding) are possible. La Leche League International is proud to announce a new book that explains this fascinating biological process for adoptive mothers who would like to breastfeed their children and for mothers who would like to resume breastfeeding after a period of not lactating.

Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation (ISBN-10: 0-9768969-7-4 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9768969-7-5) provides the information and support to help a mother have a breastfeeding relationship that is satisfying for both her baby and herself, regardless of how she achieves that goal. The success of a breastfeeding relationship shouldn’t be judged by the amount of milk produced, but rather by the mutual trust that develops between a mother and her child as a result of the closeness involved in breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation was originally published by La Leche League Germany. Issues discussed by author and translator Elizabeth Hormann, IBCLC, include:

  • Preparation for induced lactation and relactation;
  • Substances that stimulate milk production;
  • Beginning breastfeeding with an adopted baby;
  • Reducing supplements and increasing milk;
  • Special situations; and
  • Support for adoptive parents.
  • Celebrating 50 years of mother-to-mother support, La Leche League is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that is active in more than 63 countries with about 7,000 volunteer LLL Leaders. It was founded in 1956 to provide encouragement and information to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. Ordering information for Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation can be found online at or by calling 800-LALECHE and speaking with a member of the La Leche League International Customer Service Department.

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