As I am sure you know, adoptive mothers can breastfeed. Oh yes. Everyone knows that. I pointed this out to a friend of mine whom Michael was nuzzling hopefully:
Her: I donâ€™t think that will work, young man.
Me: Oh yes it will, if youâ€™re willing to try.
Her: No, I really donâ€™t think so.
Me: Havenâ€™t you ever heard of adoptive breastfeeding?
Her: WHAT? NO.
Me: Itâ€™s true, ask anyone.
Her: I wouldnâ€™t know where to start.
Me: OK, maybe not anyone.
When I was a baby, a friend of my motherâ€™s who had worked in Africa announced to my grandmother that in Ethiopia the grandmothers helped out with the breastfeeding. I understand from my mother that my grandmother decided firmly against this course of action.
You may think that I am out there on the edge of weirdness with my knowledge of adoptive breastfeeding and such, but the BCT (Brussels Childbirth Trust) mag will always go one better for you. Let me quote from the article on breastfeeding: â€œMilk production is the result of stimulation of the nipple. This stimulation leads to the production of two hormones, oxytocin and prolactin in the pituitary which in turn prompt milk production. This appears to be possible for men, to a certain degree..â€