Some babies with Down syndrome are born knowing what to do, and others may need help in learning what to do.
Some of the most common issues for infants with Down syndrome who are learning to feed may be:low muscle tone, medical problems such as heart and digestive conditions and differences in oral or facial structures that may be present. Remember that every child is unique and will have different causes and solutions for different issues. But whether you are breast or bottle feeding you new baby, there are solutions to make mealtime easier. The downloads listed on this page will give you some ideas about how to help child in this area.
LATCH Lactation Investment Program is designed to assist mothers of children with down syndrome in contacting with resources that are available to educate them and facilitate breastfeeding. There are many health benefits of breastfeeding that apply to both a mother and her infant, especially those with Down syndrome. Besides the many health benefits of human milk, it can actually alter and improve the oral-facial development of babies who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea with dentition, and speech delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) affirms that “choosing to breastfeed should be considered an investment in the short- and long-term health of the infant, rather than a lifestyle choice.
We understand it can be more challenging to breastfeed babies with Down syndrome. However, the challenge should not prevent them from receiving their highest quality of nourishment; mother’s milk. In addition, the process of breastfeeding will facilitate a strong bond between you and your child.
Our goals are to provide you with educational resources, help you develop a support network, and to make your breastfeeding experience as seamless as possible. If you are a new mom or lactation specialist please contact the DSACC office for your free copy of Breastfeeding & Down syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide for Mothers and Medical Professionals by Ella Gray Cullen, RN, CLC, Editor
To enhance the quality of life for all people whose lives are touched by Down syndrome.
We envision a community that demonstrates acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for those who have Down syndrome.