Before I launch into my breastfeeding story, I want to say that I do understand that not every baby can be breastfed, especially those with complicated medical problems. However, please don't let anyone tell you that your baby can't do it. Unless your baby has a medical problem that truly prevents them from breastfeeding, it is worth a very determined effort. I have heard many stories of babies with DS that struggled for a long time, but had determined moms that kept offering & their babies finally learned at 4, 6, or even 9 months of age. Don't give up! In the mean time, pumped milk also offers many benefits. This article by Sarah Rosenfeld Johnson will be helpful in avoiding some of the problems babies with DS may experience.
The article is called: The Oral-Motor Myths of Down syndrome & can be viewed here:
For babies with DS, I truly believe breastfeeding is even more important than with typical babies. I'm sure it has been another of the key factors in K's speech development.