Breastfeeding an Adopted Older Child
Yes, you read that right: adoptive breastfeeding.
We had our appointment with the dreamy Dr. Gary Feldman (International Adoption specialist)- hello if you are reading this-
Dr. Feldman agreed that breastfeeding a child at any age is one of the best ways of creating strong bond between mother and child. He said if Samuel was willing, it would be beneficial, even if it was only for a month or so.
Since this is totally in my range of normal, I decided to try it out. I had no idea what to expect from what I thought would be a very awkward encounter.
Well, it turns out that Samuel is a pro at nursing like Aram is. He was only weaned about six months ago. He was so happy that I invited him to do something that he had been watching Aram do for a month now. Since he is older it is not only is helping us both bond, but it solidifies his place in the family. He no longer feels like we are just helping out by watching and caring for him. He understands now that he is part of this family. I don’t think a younger child could quite articulate in their mind the importance of something like that.
I feel awful knowing he felt left out these past few weeks, but we are making up for lost time.
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