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Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding an infant after hysterectomy

04/05/2007

Question:

Can a woman, age 44, breastfeed an adopted infant if she has had a hysterectomy and is in menopause? What would she have to do to accomplish this?

Answer:

She could try following Dr. Jack Newman's protocol.

This involves taking estrogen and progesterone continuously for 5 to 6 months to get her glandular tissue to grow and proliferate. She would also take Domperidone (available on the internet, Canada, CA and NC) to stimulate the production of prolactin.

She would begin pumping her breasts for 15 to 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours about 4 to 6 weeks before the baby is expected.

When the baby arrives, she would put the baby to the breast with a supplemental nursing system (SNS)until her milk supply was adequate. Expressed breast milk and/or formula may be used in the SNS.

If she has ever breastfed before, the likelihood of success would be greater, but if she has not, it is certainly worth the try.

Best of Luck!!

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati