Quora: How do gay male parents substitute for breast-feeding for their babies?

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My Answer

They do it the way ANY adoptive parent -- male or female, gay or straight - does it: usually -bottle-feeding with formula.

Entire generations of kids grew up healthy on just formula, and today formula more closely resembles breast milk than at any time before. My kids - both adopted - were exclusively formula-fed until 6 months of age and they are healthy, developmentally on-target (or ahead of target), properly bonded, etc.

Some adoptive parents also supplement formula with breast milk obtained from a regulated donor milk bank (http://www.hmbana.org/), from private sellers of breast milk (example: http://www.onlythebreast.com/ or craigslist), or by seeking donations from friends and family.

Sue Raisty

Product management geek, born-again engineer, adoptive mother of boys, coach & mentor, mountain trail runner, tinkerer, no-bull communicator, wannabe writer, room mother & compulsive researcher.

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