#2: Hope talks with Alyssa Schnell, adoptive mother and co-host of BOB, about her nursing experience
Alyssa shared with Hope the breastfeeding story that inspired Breastfeeding Without Birthing. It has been 10 years since Alyssa became an adoptive parent who nursed her baby, and she has been working hard ever since to grow information and support around breastfeeding without pregnancy and birth.
Listen to Alyssa's interview:
Alyssa's passion for breastfeeding grew out of her experience nursing her first two (biological) children. When she and her husband planned to adopt, she knew that breastfeeding would be a very important part of that plan.
Building a Full Milk Supply when Inducing Lactation
While many mothers who induce lactation hope to build a fully supply, few of them do. Alyssa was one of the fortunate ones. Why are some mothers able to produce a full supply and others much less? We really don't have all the answers, just as we don't have all the answers why some mothers by birth cannot produce a full supply. But we do have some inclinations:
Alyssa emphasized that nursing very frequently (up to 14 times per day) was a challenge, yet she believes it was an important factor in why she was able to breastfeed her adopted daughter without supplementation. She explained that frequently nursing her baby allowed her to get enough milk over the course of the day, even though her breasts probably didn't produce very much milk at each feeding. Producing a small amount of milk each time the breasts are emptied is referred to as "small breast storage capacity" and is typical of mothers whose bodies haven't just undergone pregnancy.
To learn more about Alyssa's adoptive breastfeeding story, please read Breastfeeding Rosa in the Nov-Dec 2007 issue of New Beginnings magazine.
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