We are working on a comprehensive guide to breastfeeding and Down syndrome, including a book and video. Please enjoy what we have available today but check back in August 2017 for further resources. And, if we are missing something please contact us and let us know!
Many, if not most, children with Down Syndrome are capable of breastfeeding. However, it frequently takes them a little longer. Many moms committed to breastfeeding pump for their babies for a few weeks or months before they are strong enough to nurse on their own. The best advice is to seek out the support and advice of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who believes in your baby's ability to nurse and can support you through the journey.
Is it possible to breastfeed my baby who was born with Down Syndrome? Resources and support from La Leche League.
Breastfeeding Your Baby with Down Syndrome by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Breastfeeding & Down Syndrome Video from the Allen C. Crocker Speaker Series at Boston Children's Hospital.
Preparing to breastfeed your baby with Down syndrome: a prenatal guide by Jill Rabin for Julia's Way.
Preparing to breastfeed your baby with Down syndrome: a guide for the first few hours by Jill Rabin for Julia's Way.
Stanford University video on hand expression of breastmilk (very helpful when trying to establish your supply when your baby cannot direct nurse).
The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression by Maya Bolman
How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean, a printable fact sheet developed by the Centers for Disease Control.
increasing milk supply
The science of mom discusses an article that shows improvement of milk production when using music and/or relaxation therapy.