Many babies with Down syndrome will go on to breastfeed successfully. However, there are some physical and wider societal challenges that may present. These issues will not apply to all babies with Down syndrome but are the most common challenges identified through research and talking to parents.

Learning outcomes:

  • Find out the issues surrounding breastfeeding babies with Down syndrome
  • Look at the support available to women who want to breastfeed their baby with Down syndrome
  • Become familiar with best practice around breastfeeding and Down syndrome

Study time: 10 minutes includes a one-minute video

This module relates to the following NMC Future midwife standards of proficiency for midwives:

Domain 4 - Additional care for women and newborn infants with complications


Domain 6 - The midwife as skilled practitioner

Published: March 2024