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would you breastfeed a child that wasn't your own?

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artisanroast Sun 27-Mar-16 20:06:37


Bit being adverse to controversy...

I thought I would put the question out there...

I would gladly feed a friend's child. I feel it offers ultimate comfort to a baby.

I will stop breastfeeding at 9 months to hopefully conceive baby no 2 but I could happily breastfeed for longer. (I was very much in the feed to 6 months then stop camp until I realised how much me and my daughter love it).

So... Would you? Do you?

If you did feed a friend's child how did the subject come up? Tell your story...

Floggingmolly Sun 27-Mar-16 20:10:00

No. To both "would I?" and "tell your story"...

Gisla Sun 27-Mar-16 20:12:44

Yes I would if circumstances required it. But I have no stories to tell.

Fyaral Sun 27-Mar-16 20:13:38

Never had children so you may disregard my opinion if you wish.

I would if necessary e.g. we were stuck with no access to formula and I couldn't express. Would not in a non-emergency situation but would happily share/donate expressed milk.

VimFuego101 Sun 27-Mar-16 20:13:41

If it was an emergency and no other food available for the baby, sure. A mother's milk is tailored to her own baby, though, the baby's saliva makes the mother create the antibodies the baby needs. So me BF someone else's baby as a one off would not necessarily have the same health benefits as me BF my own child long term. So I wouldn't be inclined to do it unless in dire need.

TheEagle Sun 27-Mar-16 20:15:19

You don't have to stop breastfeeding to conceive.

I conceived DTs while breastfeeding 10.5mo DS1.

CointreauVersial Sun 27-Mar-16 20:16:06

Funny how wet nursing was commonplace for centuries, but nowadays it feels almost taboo.

CaptainMorgansMistress Sun 27-Mar-16 20:16:09

Because you don't sound like a journo looking for a controversial sound bite at all...

Diddlydokey Sun 27-Mar-16 20:18:00

Nope. I'd give a bottle.

ScarletForYa Sun 27-Mar-16 20:18:02

I would in theory. Remember the police officer who breast fed the abandoned newborn


DrE678 Sun 27-Mar-16 20:20:36

I conceived DC2 whilst breastfeeding DC1. After 6 months breastfeeding ceases to be a contraceptive (albeit always a risky one!) Prolactin levels reduce to allow ovulation after 6 months.

MrsLettuce Sun 27-Mar-16 20:20:44

I would have fed another woman's baby had the need arisen, yes. It never did though. There was one occasion where I was left feeling that I maybe should have offered but I didn't.

There's no need to stop BF to conceive BTW, as a general rule periods come back once the frequency of feeding drops which is often reasonably quickly after the introduction of solid food, it seems.

MrsLettuce Sun 27-Mar-16 20:22:31

yy, my DC2 (planned) was conceived on the second try while I was still BF DC1.

StitchesInTime Sun 27-Mar-16 20:22:38

I had several people warn me that breastfeeding wasn't a contraceptive, because they'd conceived unexpectedly while breastfeeding.

FattyNinjaOwl Sun 27-Mar-16 20:23:04

Nope. I didn't even breastfeed my own DC.

Ughnotagain Sun 27-Mar-16 20:23:15

Yeah you totally sound like a journo. Is this off the back of the articles about The Milk Meg feeding her nephew?

(I would feed someone else's child though.)

mineofuselessinformation Sun 27-Mar-16 20:23:42

Yes, I would have done back in the day....
But only with the mother's knowledge and consent unless an emergency.
I think it's a real shame that this is one of the last taboos left related to childbirth and babies - along with breastfeeding itself, of course.
A better question in my view is why wouldn't you if a baby was hungry and you had the means to feed it?

mineofuselessinformation Sun 27-Mar-16 20:24:41

Oh, and I don't care if this thread has been started by a journalist - as long as it's not negatively skewed.

AtSea1979 Sun 27-Mar-16 20:25:04

No I wouldn't under normal circumstances. Nor would I be happy with another woman breastfeeding my DC.

2016ismyyear Sun 27-Mar-16 20:26:36

Yes if necessary and with permission.

In fact a friend suggested i did but at the time i was too narrow minded.

usual Sun 27-Mar-16 20:26:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsUnderwood Sun 27-Mar-16 20:26:50

I'd do it if it was an emergency.

Notfastjustfurious Sun 27-Mar-16 20:26:51

I might in an emergency dire need kind of situation but generally I don't like feeding my own so wouldn't offer.

amysmummy12345 Sun 27-Mar-16 20:27:35

I conceived without stopping bf. DD self weaned when I was 20 weeks... Milk naturally dried out...

Ohfuckaducky Sun 27-Mar-16 20:27:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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