I'm writing this post mainly for other mothers that may stumble upon my blog one day.

When I was pregnant I did a ton of research on nursing a baby with Down Syndrome.  Almost every single thing I read said that Ollie would have such low muscle tone in her mouth that nursing would be impossible & that most likely she would need a feeding tube (her heart was added into this).  I had friends that said no, she can do it, their babies did it so I set my mind that Ollie could too!

Ollie is strong & she was bound and determined to prove those medical gurus wrong.
At birth she nursed like a pro.  But with the stress of everything my milk didn't come in as normal & nursing was a struggle.  I came home, talked to my lactation consultant, and ate oatmeal daily - boom - milk came in!  So I pumped constantly and she took breast milk in bottles.  I pumped 2 to 3 times in the middle of the night after feeding her a bottle - it was exhausting to say the least.

I tried everything to get her to nurse...special needs bottles to strengthen her jaw muscles, nipple shields, different bottles that were suggested to me...you name it we tried it.

She's now 11 weeks old and I can proudly say that now she finally nurses exclusively.  She detests her bottles & refuses them for the most part - which causes a struggle because her oh so important heart medication goes in a small bottle.  I'm also not sure what we'll do at heart surgery time if she won't take a bottle, but I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there!

So pump, pump, pump, and you'll get there!  Our babies CAN do ANYTHING they put their minds and hearts too!