Michael and Manuel’s Adoption Journey

Michael and Manuel met in 2002 and were married in 2008. Michael is a Psychologist and Manuel works in Human Resources for a renewable energy wind turbine company. They enjoy gardening, yoga, hiking, preforming arts and travel, but if you have followed any of their story over the years you know that what they enjoy most is being parents to their son, Mateo.

Mateo was adopted from Chicago 3.5 years ago in an open adoption. It was a quick process, only 4 months! “He is a spectacular little man now!” says Michael.

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Badass Dads: Breastfeeding and Adoption

A HUGE thank you to DADsquared for these images!! Breastfeeding doesn’t look the same way to every family.
Sometimes, it looks like THIS.
Dads using donor milk to provide adopted child with breastmilk.
My husband Simon and I are dads to an 8 month old boy born in March through a surrogate. Giving him breast milk was something we had always wanted and we were delighted when our surrogate said that she would be willing to pump for us. She lives in Pennsylvania and we live in Montreal, so each week she ships a box of frozen milk to us. She’s been doing it since our son was born and will stop on November 1st. That means she not only carried our child for nine months, but she also continued to be his sole or primary source of nourishment for another eight months. It’s simply unbelievable that someone would do this and we are incredibly grateful. Attached is a picture of Simon walking in the door with a 21 pound box of breast milk this afternoon. We have one more shipment left. Hopefully you can use this to show another side of breastfeeding. Our surrogate is certainly badass!
Best,
John