Bonding with Your Baby After Adoption


Expert advice for parents on child care and bonding with their baby after adoption, as well as stories from adoptive parents who have been there.

Adoption and Adjustment: Easing the Transition

Easing the Post-Adoption Adjustment

Easing the Post-Adoption Adjustment

We're about to adopt a toddler. How can we ease his adjustment during our first weeks as a family?

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Stockings for daughter reunited with birth mother

“A Stocking Filled with Memories of our Foster Child”

We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.

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Bonding with a baby doesn't always happen immediately

“The Fierce Feelings of Motherhood”

In this personal essay, the author reflects on the surprising fierceness of feeling like a mom.

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A woman with her children after adoptive breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Without Birthing

A lactation consultant and breastfeeding adoptive mom explains how to achieve a nursing relationship with your baby.

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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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This mother worked out an adoption leave situation that worked for everyone

“Negotiating a Workable Schedule After Adoption”

I assumed I'd be offered the same leave and benefits as moms who give birth. When I wasn't, here's how I negotiated with my employer.

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Frank was nourished through adoptive breastfeeding

“How I Was (Sort of) Able to Breastfeed”

If breastfeeding had been easy in the past, adoptive breastfeeding couldn't be so different, or less rewarding, could it? More or less.

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A bedtime routine leads to good sleep

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

Help your child sleep through the night while promoting her attachment to you.

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