BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:780
  1. Tony Waterston

    A woman is adopting a baby from birth and would like to breast feed. What advice and practical help can she be given? She has no living children and has not breast fed before.

    It is quite possible for a woman who has not been pregnant or not lactated to breast feed, and much experience is available, particularly from the United States. It is easier if the adoptive mother has been pregnant before as may be the case here, but this is by no means essential. To breast feed another mother's baby requires determination, patience, and perseverance, and success is not measured only by milk production.

    The breasts …

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