It is one of the most common questions asked of surrogacy professionals – if I go through Arizona gestational surrogacy, how will the baby get breastmilk? There are a few different answers to this question, depending on the situation. Most surrogacy agencies in Arizona will come up with a gameplan for breast milk before the Surrogate even gets pregnant. Often, she will pump and freeze the milk to deliver it to the Intended Parents, if they are located nearby. There are some other options available, however, for situations where that isn’t comfortable or just won’t work for both parties.
Read on for more information about Arizona gestational surrogacy and breastfeeding.
Using the Surrogate’s Breastmilk
For Intended Parents who want to have breast milk for their child, one option is to use the Surrogate’s breastmilk. There are many surrogates who are willing to pump for up to six weeks after the birth of the baby. They will then freeze this milk and delivery can be arranged. All of this will be determined in the contract before the Surrogate even gets pregnant.
Surrogates are not required to do this, however. It takes a considerable amount of time and effort for the mother to do this, including shipping it. Pumping is trying and doesn’t always work – so Intended Parents need to be ready for this to happen. If your Surrogate does agree to pump, you may find that she will not be able to provide as much as anticipated and you will have to supplement. Often, Surrogates will require extra compensation for this work and the shipping costs and supplies will need to be covered.
If this is something that the Intended Parents are interested in, they need to talk to their surrogacy caseworker before beginning the process.
Skipping Breastmilk & Using Formula
Another option is to simply use formula instead of breast milk. There is some stigma against not using breast milk, but there are many, many babies who do not latch or have mothers that cannot produce breast milk and they grow to be strong and healthy. While there are certainly some early advantages to drinking breast milk, your baby will be fine without it.
Even so, the earliest breast milk is extremely important, so often the Surrogate will pump that at the hospital and give it to the family then.
Is Induced Lactation Possible?
Some Intended Mothers wish to breastfeed their child as a way to make a connection they miss out on when using surrogacy. Often, they are interested in trying to induce lactation without getting pregnant. This requires quite a bit of advanced preparation, including taking hormones and medications as well as tricking your body into thinking you are pregnant.
It is important to remember that every woman’s body is different and this may not be an option for everyone. Talking to your own doctor about your options is a good place to start – but remember that you want to begin this journey before your baby is born.
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