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How can I breastfeed a baby with a cleft palate?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Some babies with an incomplete cleft palate are able to nurse.
Otherwise you can express your milk and bottle feed with a specific nipple that has a flap to seal the palate while feeding.

In brief: Possibly

Some babies with an incomplete cleft palate are able to nurse.
Otherwise you can express your milk and bottle feed with a specific nipple that has a flap to seal the palate while feeding.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. James Cullington
Often our babies are given s calf nipple to help plug the hole and cut A bigger hole I. The nipple which is why most breast feed ok
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hard but worth a try

Do feed baby your breast milk.
Cleft palate ups risk of ear infection & your antibodies reduce it. Feeding directly from breast often fails as baby can't make suction w/ roof of the mouth open but it depends on type of defect, patience & knowledgeable swallowing therapist, plastic surgeon, & lactation consultant. Carrboro has many of each. If u haven't see it, try list @ http://tinyurl.Com/38hp4tu.

In brief: Hard but worth a try

Do feed baby your breast milk.
Cleft palate ups risk of ear infection & your antibodies reduce it. Feeding directly from breast often fails as baby can't make suction w/ roof of the mouth open but it depends on type of defect, patience & knowledgeable swallowing therapist, plastic surgeon, & lactation consultant. Carrboro has many of each. If u haven't see it, try list @ http://tinyurl.Com/38hp4tu.
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cleft lip /palate

Later in older ages, there are dental prosthetics/devices that can obstruct the open roof of the mouth for them, and help not only in eating but also in speech, tremendously.

In brief: Cleft lip /palate

Later in older ages, there are dental prosthetics/devices that can obstruct the open roof of the mouth for them, and help not only in eating but also in speech, tremendously.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dr. Sam Markzar
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry

In brief: Regularly

Try to have the kid as vertical as possible. Don't overdo iot.

In brief: Regularly

Try to have the kid as vertical as possible. Don't overdo iot.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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