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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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*Breastfeeding a baby with down syndrome*

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Post by Natasha on Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:49 pm

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 Syndrome.
  • Breastfeeding improves mouth and tongue coordination, giving a child with Down Syndrome 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 Syndrome. Low muscle tone and a weak suck can impede the baby's ability to breastfeed.

Here are a few tips that may help you breastfeed your baby.

  • Because babies with Down syndrome are often sleepy and placid, you may need to interest your baby through frequent breastfeedings throughout the day, wake him fully before breastfeeding, or provide extra touch and stimulation to keep him alert.

  • Pay extra attention to positioning your baby at your breast. Try to keep your baby's body elevated near your breasts with his ear, shoulder and hip in a straight line and use extra pillows for support. See LLLI FAQ "How Do I Position My Baby to Breastfeed?" for more information.

  • If gulping and choking are a problem, try positioning your baby so that his neck and throat are slightly higher than your nipple.

  • If poor muscle tone makes it difficult for your baby to latch on well, try supporting your baby's chin and jaw while nursing using the "Dancer's Hand Position." The name of this position comes from the similarity to the way that ballet dancers hold their hands while dancing. Hold your baby with the arm opposite the breast you'll be offering. Using the hand on the same side as the breast you are offering, cup your breast with your thumb on one side of the breast, palm beneath, index finger pointing outward, and the other three fingers on the other side of the breast. Use your index finger to support your baby's lower jaw while nursing. As your baby's muscle tone improves through breastfeeding and maturity, he will become able to support himself and breastfeed more effectively.

Taken from La Leche League

Breastfed Lottie for nearly two years and Livi for 13 months.
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