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Downs Syndrome and Breastfeeding

In August 2016, The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published an update of its Clinical Protocol entitled ‘Breastfeeding the Hypotonic Infant’. The article highlights suggested breastfeeding management of the infant with Trisomy 21, also known as Downs syndrome.

Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE regarding breastfeeding management for a baby with Downs syndrome immediately after birth:

  1. Strong support for the baby’s head and body during breastfeeding is advised.
  2. Avoid skin-to-skin, since a baby with Downs syndrome has a higher risk of airway collapse.
  3. The ‘Dancer hand’ position could be considered to support the infant’s chin and jaw while nursing.
  4. The baby’s nursing skills ought to be checked at least every 8 hours in the hospital after birth.
  5. For a Down Syndrome infant who needs supplementation due to low tone, a supplementer at the breast has the risk of not being effective.

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