Breastfeeding a Baby Affected With Down Syndrome: You Can Do It!

with guest – Doris Stevick

Air Date: August 21, 2017

Any parent is likely to feel devastated when they are told that their baby has Down Syndrome. The situation raises so many questions, including worries about breastfeeding. Join Marie and her guest, Doris Stevick, who successfully breastfed her son for more than 18 months. Not only did Benjamin have Down Syndrome, he was born eight weeks early, and he had a heart defect. Doris and her husband were living an ocean away from their family and friends, so she found herself in “foreign territory” in the broadest sense of the word. She has also had a 2-year old and a 4-year old to care for. How did she do it all, and do it so successfully for so many months? If you have found yourself facing the joys and sorrows of parenting—and breastfeeding—a child with special needs, you’ll want to hear her inspiring story.

Guest Profile – Doris Stevick

Doris Middleton Stevick was raised in south eastern Pennsylvania, served in the US Army (Medic, Behavioral Science & Substance Abuse Rehab) and received her BS in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Maryland (Far East Division). Married for 33 years, Doris & Richard have 6 children (ages 18 to 32) and 4 awesome grandchildren. Having been a SAHM since 1984, Doris is currently enjoying semi-retirement and grand-parenting! Our son Benjamin, who is now 28 years old and has Down’s syndrome, was successfully breastfed – as were his 5 siblings.
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