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Induced lactation helps adoptive and trans mothers breastfeed

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Women who adopt children can now breastfeed them. Through induced lactation which occurs when a woman takes a drug to trick the body into thinking she is pregnant so the breast can produce milk.

This can make people wonder if the process is safe. The answer is yes.

“The composition of the milk produced by the induction of lactation is comparable to that produced after birth”, according to La Leche League. “Milk does not contain dangerous levels of artificial hormones – in fact, it very rarely contains artificial hormones.”

Lactation consultant Dr. Sharon Silberstein said Initiated that can help a mother bond with her adopted baby.

“Inducing lactation can be beneficial in many situations,” Silberstein said. “It helps bond and has the same nutritional benefits as breastfeeding after pregnancy.”

The baby will also benefit from the health benefits of breastfeeding in the same way as he would from his biological mother. Trans women can also benefit from induced lactation because you don’t need female reproductive organs to go through this process.

Of course, this comes with some side effects. If you have heart problems, you will not be a good candidate for induced lactation.

“There is a small increased risk of cardiac side effects,” Silberstein added. “When inducing lactation, we make sure the patient has no heart problems and monitor them throughout. It is also a low dose of the drug.

Dr. Molly Moravek, a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Michigan, said their that more research needs to be done around this amazing topic. She said “we still need to do more research to figure out the right doses of these drugs.”

It is also possible that the person in induced lactation does not produce any milk at all.

“While some parents produce no milk and others produce all the milk their baby needs, most will produce only a partial milk supply. Fortunately, breastfeeding is possible no matter how much or the quantity of milk produced, even if there is none at all!”, according to La Leche League.

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