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Feeding an Adopted Newborn

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Created October 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

My wife and I are just starting the process of adoption. Aside from buying breast milk at $2 an ounce that's about $40 - $50 a day! Are there other options aside from cows milk formula for feeding this baby's developing gut?

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32518 · December 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Eats on Feets is on Facebook, too! Here you go:https://www.facebook.com/EatsOnFeetsHome

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:22 AM

Also here's the link to the recipe for homemade formula. There's a goat milk and liver broth version if your babe has issues with cow milk to get you through until you find a donor. http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:19 AM

Where do you guys live? I could Help find you a donor. If you're in new England for any strange coincidence, I could donate some even and I eat really well. Email me. Ashley (dot) rozenberg (at) gmail dot com

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Hm4hb is a much more widespread organization and it's easy to find women because it's Facebook. I would recommend that over eats on feets.

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:15 AM

I've donated to someone through this network. It's wonderful.

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24538 · October 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Your local midwives are great sources for finding people with oversupply, since that usually comes up at follow up appointments. They have also done the background medical testing for potential donors. I donated for nearly 6 months.

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1816 · October 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Don't have anything to add about formula, but congratulations on your soon-to-be addition! How wonderful!

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11986 · October 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I had no idea this was possible. Awesome.

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32518 · October 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Dr. Jack Newman (breastfeeding expert extraordinaire) is a better source of information for inducing lactation, IMO: http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/protocols4print.html

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4873 · October 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM

LLL is probably the best support you can get for breast feeding. I know my mom used them when she was the ONLY breastfeeding woman in the entire (LA) hospital.

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3217 · October 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Very good point. I've heard it's easier if the woman has nursed in the past, but not impossible either way. Some La Leche League articles about it: http://www.llli.org/nb/nbadoptive.html

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56616 · October 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

dragonfly told me about http://www.eatsonfeets.org/

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4873 · October 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Here's the cheapest and best solution: induce milk production: Here

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3217 · October 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Very good point. I've heard it's easier if the woman has nursed in the past, but not impossible either way. Some La Leche League articles about it: http://www.llli.org/nb/nbadoptive.html

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4873 · October 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM

LLL is probably the best support you can get for breast feeding. I know my mom used them when she was the ONLY breastfeeding woman in the entire (LA) hospital.

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11986 · October 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I had no idea this was possible. Awesome.

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32518 · October 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Dr. Jack Newman (breastfeeding expert extraordinaire) is a better source of information for inducing lactation, IMO: http://www.asklenore.info/breastfeeding/induced_lactation/protocols4print.html

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32518 · October 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Check out Eats on Feets and Google "Milk sharing." You shouldn't have to pay anything but shipping/packaging costs through these agencies.

If that doesn't work, or you need to supplement, here are some home-made formula recipes: http://www.realmilk.com/formularecipes.html#vgmf

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Hm4hb is a much more widespread organization and it's easy to find women because it's Facebook. I would recommend that over eats on feets.

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32518 · December 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Eats on Feets is on Facebook, too! Here you go:https://www.facebook.com/EatsOnFeetsHome

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3217 · October 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Well, there's goat milk formula and there's a Weston Price version of baby formula, which is a recipe (and I've heard mixed reviews of it). Honestly, I'm super pro breastfeeding... nursed my oldest for several years and the 19 month old is going strong. Neither of them got a drop of formula. Still, I'd probably opt for formula and get organic if possible rather than mess around with some recipe from the internet. I'd avoid soy formula like the plague, of course. I'd also try, if possible, to buy some breast milk, or see if there's a mom in your area with an oversupply issue who'd be willing to pump for you for a while, maybe in exchange for babysitting services or something. Even if your little one could get some breast milk for a little while, that would be better than nothing.

If you don't already know about it, you should check out the forums at Mothering.com. Lots of naturally minded parents there.

And oh, by the way, congratulations on your impending parenthood!

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24538 · October 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Your local midwives are great sources for finding people with oversupply, since that usually comes up at follow up appointments. They have also done the background medical testing for potential donors. I donated for nearly 6 months.

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80 · December 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

There is a milk sharing network that was created by some moms on Facebook. Its called HM4HB - Human Milk for Human Babies. http://www.hm4hb.net/

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10919 · December 18, 2011 at 4:15 AM

I've donated to someone through this network. It's wonderful.

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528 · December 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM

You might want to contact Angelo from Latest in Paleo. His wife had a baby earlier this year and they ended up using a combination of methods to make sure the little one had enough food--from donor milk to using a Weston A. Price Foundation recipe (or two). He might have some suggestions for you.

Congratulations!

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20353 · October 31, 2011 at 12:11 AM

As others have said. Free is an option. We have this in our area. Look for an attachment parenting group. This will get you to the breast milk.

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