I still plan to have my own biological children, however, military services changes the timeline of momentous and incredible life events.

When female athletes or powerful working women decide to adopt it is undoubtedly a private decision, and I can understand the positives and negatives of there not being a guaranteed chance to have the 7 children I always wanted.  Increased serum levels during pregnancy result in prolactin which stimulates mammary glands…knowing this can help you decide if you want to try to breastfeed your adopted newborn, or accept that it’s not guaranteed since the level of prolactin probably increases when the progesterone levels fall at the end of pregnancy, coinciding with the natural time the baby is breastfeeding.

An option for me after my four years plus (I want a decade long career out of it) of U.S. Navy service (swear-in ceremony is supposed to be Spring 2019 I think) is to adopt a newborn or baby 9 to 11 months old. Of course the age of the baby does not matter in general, but it’s not selfish to decide what would be healthiest for me and my future husband–raising a baby from infancy can assure that the bond is there and behavior problems are limited.

…To Be Continued

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