Q&A: How Do I Guide Baby to Breastfeed?

My Down syndrome baby likes the bottle better than my breast. How can I help her breastfeed?
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ByCatherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Jan 2017
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At first, babies with Down syndrome may have more difficulty staying awake for feedings. They also may find it hard to latch onto the breast, so the bottle may seem easier to her. Try to teach your baby to open wide for the bottle, so that she also opens wide for your breast. If you and your baby can’t make it work together, the right help can make all the difference. international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) know how to help your baby learn to breastfeed.

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