Breastfeeding is even more important for babies with special needs and their parents. Breastfeeding gives you a higher level of maternal hormones, Breastfeeding Special Babies In Special Circumstances – Article Two Articles which increase your intuition and perseverance to meet the needs of your special baby. Because of its physical, psychological, and medical benefits, breastfeeding is even more important for these babies. A baby has special needs. Parents develop a style of caring for their baby and in so doing elevate their level of intuition and sensitivity toward their baby to match the level of baby’s needs. Let’s discuss the most common situations in which babies with needs in unique situations bring out a special kind of parenting.
Baby’s with Down Syndrome
A baby with Down syndrome needs to have the best start possible. Going through a checklist of the most common medical problems that could be expected, it was determined that although certainly not panacea, breast milk could help each of these problems:
* Babies with Down syndrome are prone to colds, especially ear infections; breast milk provides extra immunity.
* Babies with Down syndrome are prone to intestinal infections; breast milk promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract, a factor that lessens infections.
* Babies with Down syndrome are prone to constipation; breast milk has a laxative effect.
* Babies with Down syndrome are prone to heart problems; breast milk is lower in salt and is more physiologic.
* Babies with Down syndrome may have a weak suck; breastfeeding has an energy-sparing rhythm.
* Babies with Down syndrome have delayed mental and motor development; breast milk is good brain food, and breastfeeding optimizes oral-facial development and socialization.
There is a lot we don’t know about babies with Down syndrome; there are a lot of valuable nutrients in breast milk yet to be discovered. A special baby needs special parenting–beginning with breastfeeding.
Typically babies with Down syndrome have a hypotonic (low tone, weak) suck requiring lots of support, training, and patience until mother and baby get the hang of it. It is possible that not until two weeks will the baby open his eyes and become more receptive to breastfeeding. Until then do what you can to get him latched on. It can be a very scary time, and you might fear that he might never breastfeed well. You may have to initiate most of the feedings. If you wait for the baby to “demand,” he may never gain weight.