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TherapistJen, LCSW, CPC
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Is it possible for a healthy grand mother to breast feed the baby when mother is not available for at least 6 months?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Howard Wise replied 4 years ago.
Hi, this is Howard,

Are you producing milk?
Expert:  professional_Alison replied 4 years ago.
Unless you are a grandparent with a baby of your own, you will not be producing any milk, therefore it will not be possible to feed the baby, however I have heard of babies suckling on the grandparents breast if the parent is absent as a form of comfort.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have read studies that you can produce milk with stimulation
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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Expert:  TherapistJen replied 4 years ago.
Hi, I think the answers given above were correct in that it would be quite unlikely that you can breastfeed your grand-daughter as you dont have any source of milk. If you are thinking as a source of comfort for her that is a personal decision but if you want her to have breast milk then you can look at some of these things below.

There is a wonderful article on wet nurses for you to take a look at. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Wet-Nursing.aspx

There are sites as well that highlight the growing trend of milk donation. http://www.nationalmilkbank.org/

Hope this provides some additional help and resources.
Expert:  professional_Alison replied 4 years ago.
Having just done some research of my own I have found out, an adult can induce lactation so they can breast feed for example in the case of an adopted baby. It usually takes a few weeks to have a decent amount of milk, but it does work. I have never heard of this before but the cases i have just read say it does!
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 4 years ago.
There is another resource I want to provide to you.
https://www.hmbana.org/

Good luck and your grand-daughter is lucky to have a caring grandma.

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