Babies with Down's Syndrome generally have poor muscle tone and are prone to respiratory infections. This means that there are added benefits in breastfeeding these babies.
The actions involved in breastfeeding will help improve muscle tone in the lips, mouth and tongue, which are involved in speech development.
The protection provided by the antibodies in breastmilk will help lessen the incidence of respiratory infections which occur because of very narrow nasal passages and more respiratory secretions than usual. Alternating sides in breastfeeding ensures equal left/right visual stimulation. While it may take some time and patience to establish breastfeeding, the efforts required are worthwhile and rewarding.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2006 21:02:32 GMT by pinktorontogirl