I have so much respect and admiration for moms who have special needs children, especially those moms who stand up and are great advocates for their children. My mom has a son with downs syndrome and autism and I saw how she has given so much for him, breastfeeding was just the start......its a dedication like no other. I have friends and family as well who have done the same. My niece was born with PMG. My sil is such an advocate for her daughter, I am amazed. The docyor first wanted to diagnose her with autism, but my sil knew that wasnt it (her niece has autism). Anyways, she is making sure that her daughter gets the therapies that she needs etc. I asked her what she wanted me to get her for her bday. She said no toys, but diapers and formula and clothes. It made me sad a bit. I know how much breastfeeding is such a great source of nutrience for baby's growth and developement. She will be having speech therapy soon, had she breastfed she would probably still need it honestly, but I am sure she would be developing so much quicker than she is now, just by nursing instead of using an artificial nipple helps the shaping of the mouth. Anyways, my niece is so blessed to have caring parents, it just makes me sad that there was something so wonderful and natural that could have helped their baby.
I am sorry if this post came off as insensitive or judgemental. It wasnt intended that way. I know that there are many moms here and elsewhere who are faced with so many challenges and decisions that come with caring for a special needs child, and it can be overwelming to put it mildly. I completely admire the dedication parents have for their children and I know that feeding them is only a part of the equation. However I dont think it is fair for breastfeeding to be seen as one choice to make when caring for a child, especially a special needs child. I do, think that the decision shouldnt be held lightly. I do believe that there are so many benefits that simply cant be met with a bottle of formula. This doesnt mean that if they decide not it its the end of the world, or that their child isnt cared for. I do think though that there should be more support, especially from health care professionals, and that when it doesnt happen it is a sad thing..if you disagree with me, that is ok.
on Aug. 3, 2014 at 12:21 AM