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What is the best way to feed a new baby with a cleft?

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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Special bottles

Babies with cleft palate, with or without cleft lip, have a difficult time generated a good, long suck because of the hole in the roof of the mouth.
They swallow fine, it is just difficult to get the milk into their mouth. There are 3 major brands of cleft bottles that allow squeezing of the bottle to get the milk into the baby's mouth so they don't become exhausted trying to suck.

In brief: Special bottles

Babies with cleft palate, with or without cleft lip, have a difficult time generated a good, long suck because of the hole in the roof of the mouth.
They swallow fine, it is just difficult to get the milk into their mouth. There are 3 major brands of cleft bottles that allow squeezing of the bottle to get the milk into the baby's mouth so they don't become exhausted trying to suck.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Find a coach

Have your doc refer you to a cleft palate team in your region.
This provides access to the occupational therapists with the most experience teaching moms to deal with a difficult feeder.There are special nipples available, and regular premi nipples can sometimes work.Occasionally you will need to tube feed .I like the team to see these kids the first week.

In brief: Find a coach

Have your doc refer you to a cleft palate team in your region.
This provides access to the occupational therapists with the most experience teaching moms to deal with a difficult feeder.There are special nipples available, and regular premi nipples can sometimes work.Occasionally you will need to tube feed .I like the team to see these kids the first week.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Indu Lal
Pediatrics

In brief: Special nipples

There are special kind of nipples availabe for feeding infants with cleft palate.

In brief: Special nipples

There are special kind of nipples availabe for feeding infants with cleft palate.
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal
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