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Feeding a baby who has
cleft palate can be a challenge. Your baby may have a problem making a tight seal between his or her mouth and the nipple. But with a little preparation, you can successfully feed your baby with breast milk or formula.
A health professional who specializes in babies with cleft palate
can show you how to bottle-feed your baby in the best way. The health
professional can also answer any questions you have about feeding
During and after feeding, be sure to burp your baby often. Babies
with cleft palate tend to swallow more air while feeding and may need more
frequent burping than other babies.
If you want to breast-feed your baby, talk with a health
professional or a breast-feeding (lactation) consultant. Although feeding your
baby directly at the breast usually is very challenging and not always
successful, you can use a breast pump to collect your breast milk in a bottle
and then feed it to your baby. Try using the above bottle-feeding
January 19, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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