The image of breastfeeding most common in our culture is of a mother feeding a baby she gave birth to, but the reality is that non-gestational parents have been nursing children throughout human history. Whether for food or comfort, bringing a baby to breast is the most natural of inclinations. Breastfeeding without Birthing is a term for the many different scenarios in which a person breastfeeds a baby they did not give birth. Many Breastfeeding Without Birthing parents choose to induce lactation so they can provide milk for their babies, but the nurturing act of breastfeeding is an option even when little or no milk is produced. While many core mechanics of Breastfeeding Without Birthing are universal, there are a range of variations to consider for your unique situation. I am certified as a Breastfeeding Without Birthing instructor and I offer classes and consultations for adoptive parents, intended parents expecting a baby through surrogacy, and non-gestational LGBTQIA+ parents who would like to nurse their baby.
Classes are taught in your home or via skype. I am also available for group workshops. We will cover the reasons to breastfeed, how to breastfeed without birthing regardless of how much milk you produce, a discussion of different protocol options for inducing lactation, assistance creating a custom plan for inducing lactation, what to expect when baby arrives, how to know baby is getting enough milk, and ways partners can help.