Today’s bonus episode guest is Jada Glover, a certified lactation consultant.
Jada and Heather discuss inducing lactation following surrogacy or adoption:
- I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
- Why did you choose a career in lactation and educating new mothers? (Include your infertility journey story here.)
- Take us through your career.
- What does it mean to induce lactation?
- In what circumstances might a mother try to induce lactation?
- Is lactation possible if you’re never been pregnant or you aren’t pregnant and trying to lactate?
- What kind of effort is involved with inducing lactation?
- How long will it take to induce lactation and start producing milk?
- What should a mother expect when there has not been a prior pregnancy/lactation?
- What kind of milk supply should be expected?
- What foods may help with promoting a milk supply?
- What are some helpful mindset techniques to help with inducing lactation?
- What are helpful hints to induce lactation?
- What hormones play a role in the physiological aspects of inducing lactation?
- What are some of the baby variables that may play a role in relactation/inducing lactation?
- What devices can be used to help a mother “experience” breastfeeding and promote at-breast feeding?
- How can you tell how much milk is being transferred when lactation starts?
- Can a mother use her own milk through induced lactation and formula/donor milk to supplement if necessary?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to women who’s going to become a parent through surrogacy or adoption and interested in inducing lactation?