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We are pleased to welcome you to the exciting world of induced lactation, adoptive breastfeeding and adaptive nursingTM. Whether you are a healthcare professional or the adoptive parent, whether you are skilled in the process or just interested in learning what is involved, we have tools and a support system in place to help you and your families to succeed in this important and noble task.



The benefits of adoptive breastfeeding go way beyond the parental attachment, provision of nutritional and immunologic support from human milk, and the developmental importance of skin­to­skin contact.


For children, adoptive breastfeeding helps to promote secure attachment and trust, augments their sensory and physical development, and has a therapeutic effect on the correction of oral deficits and/or aversions, to name a few benefits.


For mothers, adoptive breastfeeding can also fill the emotional void of failure to conceive, carry through, and/or to give birth.


Adoptive breastfeeding frequently answers societal and ethnic demands/needs. In cultures that


expect secrecy in adoption (Russia among others), adoptive breastfeeding can serve to justify a child's acceptance in the family. In religions that dictate strict family laws (i.e. Islam, where being a blood or milk relative would mean the difference of being treated as a member of the family or a stranger), the ability to breastfeed (meaning to transfer specifically that particular mother's milk to this particular child) to a certain extent can make or break the adoption itself.




We see adoptive breastfeeding as "the breastfeeding of a child who the woman did not give birth to but who is caring for the child on a long term basis.” (Karleen Gribble, 2013)


Contrary to common belief, induced lactation (ability to produce milk on demand without pregnancy) may or may not be a part of adoptive breastfeeding. Even more, in many cases induced lactation doesn’t need to be the prerequisite for initiation of adoptive breastfeeding, as the adjustment process can take weeks if not months after the child’s placement, especially in cases of adoptions beyond the newborn period.


Contrary to widely­held misconceptions, under certain conditions older infants and toddlers have been breastfed successfully. Even more, many adoptive mothers report spontaneous breastfeeding­seeking behaviors in their adopted kids.


Understanding the magnitude of special circumstances of any adoption – domestic, international, or gestational to name a few, in our practice we utilize the concept of Adaptive Nursing (TM) – a continuum of attachment and development promoting interventions ­­ ranging from encouraging holding and skin­to skin contact, to promoting healthy dependency, to the pinnacle of partial or exclusive breast­feeding.



Dr. Gordina offers extensive support for the routine or special breastfeeding needs. We work closely with the communities of adoptive mothers who breastfed their children and the international network of adoptive breastfeeding friendly physicians, lactation consultants and adoption professionals.


Dr. Gordina will be happy to help you with multiple breastfeeding­related issues, including, but not limited to

  • Holistic approach to induced or augmented lactation Adoptive breastfeeding
  • Adaptive NursingTM
  • Breastfeeding of a sick and/or premature infant
  • Support for mothers returning back to work or school
  • Connection with your local support groups and adoptive breastfeeding friendly professionals


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