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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Weird! How Two Women Share Breastfeeding Duties Over Their Three-Week-Old Daughter

Weird! How Two Women Share Breastfeeding Duties of Their Three-Week-Old Daughter
Heid and Mary Ellen are married couple from Santa Cruz, California. They share breastfeeding duties over their three-week-old daughter Sequoia.  This is done with the help of a drug called domperidone.  Heidi gave birth to Sequoia at the couple’s home after a year-long struggle with endometriosis which included laparoscopic surgery to remove her ovarian cysts. She became pregnant through an intrauterine insemination (IUI), a process in which donor semen is implanted in the uterus. The married couple said:
“Our friends are fascinated by the fact that my wife and I both breastfeed our daughter,” Heidi, 26, a nanny, tells Yahoo Parenting. “We get a lot of, ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ and ‘I didn’t know that was possible!”

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While there aren’t many statistics on the prevalence of co-nursing (common among same-sex couples and adoptive mothers who wish to nurse), according to New York City based lactation consultant Sara Chana, its health benefits as a result of using domperidome are unknown. “A new mom’s breast milk is designed for and evolves to suit the specific needs of her infant at every stage,” Chana tells Yahoo Parenting. “So it’s tough to say how drug-induced milk would benefit a baby who is already breastfeeding from her natural mother.” Although Chana doesn’t work with women who co-nurse, her clients include mother-daughter pairs who nurse each other’s babies and sisters who “nurse the other’s baby if one is stuck in traffic, for example.” 
 Weird! How Two Women Share Breastfeeding Duties of Their Three-Week-Old Daughter
Heidi and Mary Ellen decided to co-nurse so Mary Ellen could reap the health and bonding benefits of breastfeeding. Babies who nurse are better able to fight off bacteria and viruses and women who nurse are at less risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Plus, the eye contact and skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding boosts the mother-baby connection. “I wanted to experience that closeness with my daughter, especially since I didn’t give birth,” Mary Ellen, 25, a graduate student, tells Yahoo Parenting. “It didn’t occur to us that we could also help each other out when we’re exhausted.”

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