Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

Breastfeeding your baby by Surrogate Pregnancy

Share

Breastfeeding Blog

September 8, 2021

Induced lactation helps non-pregnant prospective mothers enjoy the breastfeeding bond.

Most women who use a surrogate to become a mother believe they cannot experience the many benefits that breastfeeding offers. However, induced lactation makes it possible for new moms who don’t give birth naturally to experience this once impossible beauty. It also ensures their newborns get all the possible health benefits that breastmilk has to offer.

How Non-Pregnant Prospective Mothers Induce Lactation 

Any prospective mother who desires to breastfeed their surrogate-born baby should speak with their doctor. Since lactation induction involves medications, you must work with your doctor to begin and end any drug used in this process. 

It’s important to plan, but be aware that breastfeeding a baby you didn’t actually give birth to is no different from breastfeeding one you did give birth to. What does the process entail?

Start Using Hormones 

Several months before your baby’s due date, you need to talk to your doctor about beginning taking hormones, such as birth control pills. Birth control pills trick the body into thinking it’s pregnant, which is a precursor to producing milk.

Introduce Supplements Later

Your doctor will eventually advise you to quit using the hormones and start taking herbal supplements and other prescriptions that stimulate milk production. 

Begin Pumping 

Once you quit using the hormones and begin using medications to produce milk, you can start pumping. Be sure to start slowly, increasing the frequency and duration until your breasts begin making milk. If you use the induced lactation methods and listen to your doctor, you should see your milk supply increase. 

Add Supplemental Milk 

Induced lactation can help non-pregnant prospective mothers to produce milk, but it’s not going to be enough to sustain a baby. Your child is going to need more than what you can provide. As such, prospective mothers need to have a supplemental nursing system (SNS) that helps to give a baby the food he/she needs to thrive and grow.

As you nurse, your child will get milk from you and the SNS. Pour the supplemental milk into an SNS container, taping the tubes to the chest. With this system, your child will have the food they need. 

What to Remember…

Your experience with breastfeeding is not going to be the same as that of everybody else. There are also a number of factors that determine how successful the process will be. The induced lactation method may not even be right for you, even if you have a child through natural means. Plus, there is a learning curve. 

The key to success is to speak with your doctor and/or a lactation consultant and have patience. 

When Induced Lactation Isn’t a Choice 

Prospective parents who want to breastfeed their child may consider another choice: surrogate breastmilk. 

After giving birth to a child, many surrogates may continue to pump for at least six weeks. Their milk is available to moms who must feed their baby using a bottle or are using the SNS method. Either method ensures the newborn receives all the benefits that breastmilk provides, whether or not a prospective mother will breastfeed her child. 

Although surrogates don’t have to pump, many do it to help the intended family and the newborn baby. For any prospective parents, the pumping experience can be challenging. However, if your surrogate chooses to pump their produced breastmilk, they’ll be doing it every several hours and even at night. It’s a process that requires them to be available at a moment’s notice. Therefore, if you have a surrogate willing to help you with breastfeeding, you should think about compensating her for her time and effort.

During your surrogate pregnancy, take some time to discuss this topic before the baby is born so that everyone is on the same page. Sometimes, you can discuss it during the matching phase and add it to the legal contract before your embryos are transferred.

One Last Thing… 

Thanks to the induced lactation process, prospective mothers and surrogate-born children can enjoy every benefit that breastfeeding offers that new moms and babies have always experienced. The challenges are relatively similar, but there are some obstacles that these mothers face with their milk induction and supply. The key is to be patient and stick with the process. 

After all, as the old saying goes: breastmilk is best.