Feeding Problems

Babies with Down's Syndrome have a tendency to early feeding problems possibly as a result of poor muscle tone, and babies with a heart problem also tend to have problems as they tire easily when feeding. So babies who have a heart defect and Down's Syndrome have two things making it harder for them and poor feeding and slow weight gain are common causes of anxiety for parents.

If you are currently struggling with feeding your baby, perhaps the following will give you some ideas and encouragement or at the very least help relieve some stress. And whether breast or bottle fed, your baby is likely to settle and feed better with a relaxed mum rather than one who is constantly worrying about weight gain, so do try to enjoy your baby and not focus all your concentration on their weight.

Weight

Feeding generally

Breastfeeding

Bottle feeding

Weaning

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