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Breastfeeding A Baby With Special Needs

Breastfeeding A Baby With Special Needs

Breastfeeding can be difficult especially for new mothers, but if your baby is born prematurely, or with a congenital condition such as Down syndrome or cleft lip or palate, breastfeeding becomes more difficult. Breastfeeding can be a calming effect on the emotional ups and downs of babies with special needs, and your child will reap the nutritional and immunological benefits of breast milk, which can be very valuable for babies with special needs.

Breast milk can help prevent respiratory infections and intestinal problems that are common in Down syndrome. And because it’s easy to digest, breast milk also helps babies with heart problems or cystic fibrosis gain the weight they need.

Breastfeeding can also strengthen a mother’s love bond and can help her feel closer to her baby.