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Breastfeeding a Baby with t21 (Down Syndrome)

by Meg Nagle, IBCLC
  • Duration: 540 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CNE, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Perinatal
Abstract:

Breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome can bring many challenges to both mother and baby and many women are told they will be unable to breastfeed. This presentation will give examples of women who have faced different challenges breastfeeding their babies with Down Syndrome, yet had successful breastfeeding outcomes with the right support and information. This will include case studies with specific tips and suggestions that will help the lactation professional in offering support to these families. These women have faced many challenges including; prematurity, low muscle tone, breastfeeding into toddlerhood and a toddler who did not start breastfeeding until his mother had another baby when he was 2 ½ years old! This presentation will cover the most common challenges that families face when breastfeeding a baby with this condition and the possible solutions for them.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify the most common challenges that are faced by mothers and their babies with Down syndrome.

Objective 2: Offer solutions for breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome and identify the most common accompanying challenges including; prematurity, low muscle tone and control, transitioning from tube feeding/bottle feeding and breastfeeding, how to use breastfeeding props such as pillows and optimal positioning.

Objective 3: Learn from case studies as examples of how these practical tips and solutions led to successful breastfeeding.

Objective 4: Understand how social media is helping to bring these women together and form resources and support for breastfeeding families.


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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks