Our central nervous systems are comprised of a brain, a spine and nerves. The nervous system controls the information received via our senses, and regulates the body’s activities (voluntary and involuntary).
A baby who is neurologically impaired will have a nervous system that is damaged. There are certain problems that may cause neurological complications such as prematurity, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and many other conditions.
Pediatric Neurological Disorders and Breastfeeding
These babies may struggle with a weak and/or clumsy sucking reflex.
The baby may have a very high or very low muscle tone, which may cause sucking problems.
It is important that the mother gets the necessary professional support from someone who is trained in the breastfeeding field.
If the baby is completely unable to breastfeed physically at the breast,
the mother should consider expressing her milk for her baby; since breast milk is
still the best option.