Children with Down's syndrome - breast-feeding
our seventh child, Stephen, was born with Down syndrome.As a consultant on breastfeeding, a nurse and mother, as well as the pediatrician and father, Martha and I wanted to give Stefan the best possible start.We looked at the list of the most common health problems that could arise from Stephen.Although, of course, is not a panacea, breast milk can help in any of these cases:
• Children with Down syndrome get cold easily, especially frequent ear infections;breast milk improves immunity.
• Children with Down syndrome are prone to intestinal infections;breast milk contributes to multiply in the intestinal tract of beneficial bacteria that fight pathogens.
• Children with Down syndrome often suffer from constipation;breast milk has a laxative effect.
• Children with Down syndrome often have heart disease;breast milk contains less salt and more physiological.
• Children with Down syndrome can suck listlessly;Breastfeeding is the energy-saving rate.
• Children with Down syndrome are lagging behind in m
Many more unexplored in Down's syndrome;still a lot of unexplored valuable nutrients in breast milk.We have a special child who needs special care parent.After the birth of Stephen, when we tried to support each other and wept together, we swore that he would have it - it will start life with breastfeeding.
Typically, children with Down syndrome suck sluggish and it takes a lot of support, a lot of practice and patience, in order to get business.Only at the age of two weeks, Stephen opened his eyes and become more receptive during feedings.Until that time, March was doing everything she could to get him to take the breast.It was a very scary time for us because we were afraid that he would never be able to suckle well.Martha had to start most of the feedings.The rest of our children require breast.But if we were to wait for the "demand" Stephen, we would never have achieved an increase in weight.He was, as we called it, Hunger volunteer.
In the next two weeks in March to pump milk using a breast pump several times a day and gave Stephen a syringe with 30 ml of a finger before each feeding to "train him to suck."It was amazing to see how well he is making up for lost time - some days it was added 60 g
Although the majority of children with Down syndrome are more difficulties with the start of breastfeeding and need to learn to breastfeed by the time they master these skills.Invaluable benefits justify the extra work.Be sure to contact a consultant on breastfeeding, which has experience of working with children with Down syndrome.
All tips for the loving care given hundredfold effect for children with special needs.We have found that regular contact through co-sleeping, breastfeeding and carrying a baby in a bag gave us a boost, which we very much need to establish contact with Stefan.We joined a support group that helped us start admire their child.When he began to gain weight and to take the breast, we feel that we can stop worrying about it and start to enjoy it.March still remembers the day when she discovered that he reacts to it
addressed to him words uttered by a small voice in the language of children - anxiety prevented her from communicating with them in the normal way.It was so nice to see how much he has in common with our other children, rather than to dwell on what he was different.Now we can not imagine life without Stephen.Our world is a better place because it has a Stefan.He taught us the value of every person, regardless of what it has a drawback.