Surrogacy and breastfeeding

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Breastfeeding after surrogacy: it is possible!

Disclaimer: This article is written with informational purposes only, the aim is to describe the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding during fertility treatment with the help of surrogacy. Readers have a full right to make their own decision after consulting a doctor.

As we all know, in surrogacy programs, intended mothers don't go through the pregnancy period themselves and thus their bodies can't produce breastmilk naturally (without special protocol for lactation induction) when the baby is born. Every IP couple encounters this situation and in most cases, the simplest and the most obvious solution is to use formula milk. This is the common way in surrogacy. But are there any alternatives? Breastmilk is very nutritious for an infant child and has a lot of benefits in comparison to formula milk. Do surrogate mothers breastfeed? What are the PROs and CONs? Can intended mothers breastfeed after surrogacy programs if they were not pregnant? Let's figure it out in this article.

First of all, we have to remember that in surrogacy programs, we have 3 parties: the intended parents, the surrogate mother, and the newborn baby (or babies), and breastfeeding has to be beneficial and safe for all the parties.