Breastfeeding Special Needs Babies
You CAN Breastfeed A Special Needs Baby
Yes, you could give your baby formula- but that puts him at the risk of many different diseases.
Yes you could give him donor- but donor milk is in short supply and lacks many of the same factors that give your baby immunity.
You could breastfeed your baby.
Plain and simple.
Breastfeeding your own baby is the easier, faster, less expensive, healthier and more fun feeding option! (Yes, you heard me- FUN! With the troubleshooting tools in this class, you can have a much happier breastfeeding experience!)
There is one thing that your baby needs that no doctor or biotechnology company can provide... breastmilk from YOU.
Your baby needs your milk as much (if not more) than any other baby.
So exhale. You are in the right place!
When my son was born with spina bifida myelomeningocele, I felt a lot of pressure to supplement with formula. After working so hard to prepare to breastfeed while I pregnant, everything went out the window. After having surgery at 36 hours old on his back, I couldn't use any of the breastfeeding holds I had studied. He was on heavy painkillers for several days and had gavage tube feedings. I was pumping around the clock to keep my milk supply up. It was only through a lot of support from my husband and some problem solving that I was able to exclusively breastfeed through my son's stay in the NICU.
I'd like to help make your experience a little easier. This class is designed to not only get you through the NICU, but help you breastfeed through your baby's first year and make a healthy transition into the toddler years. In this class you'll get information on:
- Breastfeeding in the NICU
- Pumping and storing your milk
- Pumping through surgeries
- Different feeding techniques like gavage and supplementary nursing systems
- Techniques for babies that have jaw, mouth and tongue issues
- How to identify and solve many problems so you'll be empowered instead of panicked
- Information on breastfeeding babies with cleft lip/palate, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and heart conditions
You also have ultimate flexibility in how and when you want to study.
Babies with special needs are just like other babies in many ways. Breastfeeding is just as important for them as any other baby!
Looking for a scholarship? I offer quarter, half, and three-quarter scholarships. Email me at birthmultiverse (at) gmail (dot) com to get started!
I have my Breastfeeding Educator Certification through Birth Arts International. I am completing my Masters in Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health issues and will soon be a certified childbirth educator.
I love having the science background on birth and breastfeeding as well as the holistic side. I feel like it allows me to see things from different angles and find better solutions to problems.
My philosophy is comprehensive breastfeeding education. That means that I will level with you about the available research on breastfeeding. I won’t gloss over the potential problems that come up.
I wanted to teach online because it allows me to reach more women more effectively.
StartSection 1-1 A Formula vs. Breastmilk (4:31)
StartSection 1-1 B Formula vs. Breastmilk continued (8:04)
StartSection 1-2 Breastfeeding and Disease Prevention (9:45)
StartSection 1-3 Economic Benefits (2:00)
StartSection 1-4 Other Benefits (4:19)
StartSection 1-5 But What Do The Critics Say? (6:47)
StartBreastfeeding Benefits for Mothers
StartBreastfeeding Benefits for Babies
StartSection 3-1 A Problems (7:53)
StartSection 3-1 B Problems Continued (3:15)
StartSection 3-2 More Problems (5:32)
StartSection 3-3 How do I know if my baby is getting enough? (2:36)
StartSection 3-4 Breastfeeding Holds (3:23)
StartSection 3-5 Other Helpful Hints (9:30)
StartBabies and Sleep
StartBenefits of Early Feeding
StartIs My Baby Getting Enough Milk?
StartNutrition For Breastfeeding
StartSkin-to-Skin Contact and C-Sections Article
StartCo-sleeping: The Controversy and the Facts
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, most hospitals don't offer any classes for moms who want to breastfeed a baby with special needs. But every mother and baby has the right to breastfeeding support and education- including moms of special needs babies. With that in mind, I have created the first ever class for moms of special needs babies who want to breastfeed. Breastfeeding may look a little different for you and your baby, but there isn't about finding the "right" way. It's about finding your way.