Thursday, January 13, 2011

Baby Robbie: A Story of Adoptive Breastfeeding

Another wonderful story that proves once again, that yes, it IS indeed possible to breastfeed an adopted baby. In a piece for the Illinois Times, Julianne Glatz writes about becoming a new grandmother to baby Robbie, who has been recently adopted by her daughter, Anne, and her husband, Ben. Anne and Ben tried all of the usual ways to have a baby, but were unsuccessful. Anne told her mother she felt like a failure for not being able to conceive. Julianne remembered that she had read about adoptive mothers breastfeeding and told her daughter, "You've had to give up a lot. But maybe you won't have to give up breastfeeding."

I loved this story, because not only do we have a grandma telling her daughter to give breastfeeding a go even though it's going to be a bit tougher than it would for the average new mom, but we've also got a grandma who understands and respects the importance of mothering at the breast. Go read the whole thing and have your whole week made. Nana, you are filling those big shoes nicely.

Photo credit Julianne Glatz

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