Anne Sanger, Scottsdale, Arizona
From the Roadrunner insert for Arizona and New Mexico LLL Areas. Originally published in the January/February 1974 issue of La Leche League News.
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Lisa is one year old this month. It seems like such a short time since we took her from an adoption agency into our family. She was four days old then and seemed so small. Now she is a happy, beautiful one-year-old.
I was able to nurse Lisa with the help of the Lact-Aid Nursing Supplementer. I did a lot of preparation prior to her arrival. Seven days after nursing her using the Lact-Aid, my milk came in. (Our first child was six when Lisa joined our family, which made it easier to spend the extra time to bring in my milk.) When Lisa was 10 months old, we were able to discontinue using the supplementer. We are still a happy nursing couple.
It is difficult for me to explain what it means to me to be able to nurse Lisa, but I will try to share some of my thoughts with you. I wanted to give her the gift of love and the wonderful way of communicating that the nursing relationship opens to mothers. In one of the pieces of correspondence that I received from Jimmie Avery, who designed the nursing supplementer, was the following: “A successful adoptive nursing relationship is one that consists of a happy bond of love and communication between the mother and the baby, and whatever amount of milk is produced is a delightful fringe benefit of that communication of love.” That one sentence meant so much to me, since that was our objective.
As I look back on this last year, I know that breastfeeding my adopted child was not the easiest thing I ever did in my life, but it has been one of the most rewarding. We feel very fortunate to be the parents of such a happy child.
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