Imagine how different breastfeeding would be if you could share the load.
That’s precisely what Janet Brody, a registered nurse, midwife, and parent educator with Rainbow Families wants to help some same-sex couples achieve, one co-breastfeeding couple at a time.
“We’re kind of making it up as we go really, it’s a brave new world,” Janet told This Glorious Mess podcast co-host Holly Wainwright this week.
“Now [in some lesbian relationships] there’s an opportunity for both women to breastfeed. There’s quite a process involved, and it’s important for women to identify early that they’re interested.
“Basically, the nuts and bolts of it is that the birth mother will have natural lactation, and the other mum can have medication that kicks off the lactation process. About six weeks in, after we establish feeding first with the birth mum, then the other mum can start feeding as well.”
Ensuring the co-breastfeeding only begins after the six-week mark is important, Janet added, because the birth-mother’s milk supply varies slightly, and is more tailored to what a newborn baby needs.
Listen: Holly Wainwright, Annie Nolan and Janet Brody discuss the new era of antenatal classes. (Post continues…)
Still, having both women in a lesbian relationship breastfeed their child can be fantastic for parent-child bonding, as well as keeping up with the demands that often come with being a working mother.