Can I breastfeed my baby with Down syndrome? A scoping review

Zhen, Lijiin, Moxon, Joseph, Gorton, Susan, and Hook, Daniel (2021) Can I breastfeed my baby with Down syndrome? A scoping review. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 57 (12). pp. 1866-1880.

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Aim: To summarise existing evidence about barriers and enablers to breastfeeding babies with Down syndrome (DS) in peer-reviewed literature.

Methods: Ovid Medline, CINAHL, Scopus and Ovid Emcare were searched. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to screen yielded articles and those meeting the criteria were included for data extraction. Two authors extracted data including outcomes, design, definition of DS, barriers and enablers to breastfeeding babies with DS.

Results: Sixteen studies met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Barriers and enablers were categorised into maternal, child and health professional factors.

Conclusions: This review identified a significant literature gap related to breastfeeding babies with DS and more definitive research under current standards is needed. Mothers reported the need for high-quality health professional breastfeeding support and evidence-based effective breastfeeding techniques. A collaborated and concerted approach from both mothers and health professionals is important to optimise breastfeeding for babies with DS.

Item ID: 71043
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1754
Copyright Information: © 2021 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 23:15
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3213 Paediatrics > 321302 Infant and child health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200302 Community health care @ 100%
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