Induced Lactation and Relactation

Induced lactation is the initiation of a milk supply in a woman whose lactation is not driven by hormones from a pregnancy. This is most often done with adoption or when the birth mother is not available. 

Relactation is the re-establishment of a woman’s milk supply after lactation has ended. Reasons for relactation may include: 

  • Unintended weaning. 
  • A sick or premature baby.
  • A baby that does not tolerate formula.
  • A change in the mother’s previous decision to wean.

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