In this section, you will find breastfeeding information and tips on how to breastfeed babies with a variety of special needs, Oklahoma hospitals and speciality pediatric centers, and how to find milk banks to help with breastfeeding your baby.
Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby With Special Needs (shared with permission from La Leche League)
- Babies with special needs (like prematurity, low birth weight, brain and nervous system conditions, cardiac problems or cleft lip/palate and babies who are ill) benefit from human milk even more than other babies.
- Human milk boosts your baby’s immune system and is easier to digest.
- It offers the perfect nutrition to keep your baby as healthy as possible, providing strength for any needed surgeries or treatments.
- The special bond that breastfeeding provides and breastfeeding hormones help to keep you calm and more in touch with your baby.
Specific Special Needs Information & Tips
- Common Birth Defects: Down Syndrome, Cleft Lip &/or Cleft Palate - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- La Leche League: Breastfeeding Babies with Special Needs
- Down syndrome, cleft lip or palate, cardiac problems, cystic fibrosis, a neurological impairment or other special needs.
- La Leche League: Tongue and Lip Ties
- La Leche League: Premature Infants
- March of Dimes: Premature Birth
- March of Dimes: Cleft Lips or Palates
- March of Dimes: Breastfeeding Your Baby Basics
Hospitals with Breastfeeding Support for Babies with Special Healthcare Needs
- The Children's Center - Bethany (405) 789-6711
- J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities – Norman (405) 307-2837 or (405) 307-2800.
Mothers' Milk Banks screen donors and collect, process, and dispense donor human milk, which is prescribed by health care providers to help preterm and fragile infants thrive.
Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank (OMMB), located at 901 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 330, in Oklahoma City, partners with the Oklahoma Blood Institute and area hospitals to supply safe, pasteurized donor milk for preterm and fragile infants in Oklahoma, although requests from states without donor milk banks may be considered.
- Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank promotional video
- Contact Information: 1-405-297-LOVE (5683) or email email@example.com
- 1-877-271-MILK (6455)
- Text OK2BF to 61222
- 24 Hour Toll-Free Breastfeeding Support Line for nursing mothers, their families, partners, expecting parents, and healthcare providers. All calls returned by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
- Oklahoma Family Network
Informs and connects those with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and support in their communities.
Oklahoma's early intervention program designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers aged birth to 36 months, with disabilities and developmental delays.
- Oklahoma Moms of Multiples
- Dial 211 for statewide referrals and information for community services
- SoonerSuccess provides resources, support & referrals for OK Children & Youth (Birth - 21) with Special Needs 1-877-441-0434
- Le Leche League in Oklahoma
- La Leche League International