Is it possible to breastfeed my baby? Nov 28, 2006 20:10:59 GMT Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by pinktorontogirl on Nov 28, 2006 20:10:59 GMT Is it possible to breastfeed my baby who has Down's Syndrome? The simple answer? Yes!How wonderful that you want to give your baby the precious gift of your milk! Babies with Down Syndrome experience special benefits from breastfeeding beyond the many advantages to typical newborns. * Breast milk provides extra protection against infections and bowel problems, which are more common in babies with Down's Syndrome. * Breastfeeding improves mouth and tongue coordination, giving your precious little angel a real developmental advantage. * The act of breastfeeding provides additional stimulation for your baby. * Breastfeeding promotes closeness between mother and baby, and enhances mothering skills. * Extra patience and reasonable expectations are critical when breastfeeding a baby with Down's Syndrome. Low muscle tone and a weak suck can impede the baby's ability to breastfeed.