FEEDING AND OTHER PRODUCTS FOR CLEFT-AFFECTED FAMILIES
Babies born with a cleft lip and/or palate may have difficulty feeding because they cannot suck properly. Due to the gap in the palate babies can have difficulty achieving the suction required to get the milk out of the breast and/or feeding bottle. An individual decision has to be made for each child as to the most appropriate way to feed.
The decision concerning feeding may be based on the following factors:
♥ Severity and nature of the cleft
♥ The baby’s urge and ability to suck
♥ Mother’s attitude to breast feeding
♥ Family situation and support mechanisms
There are special feeding bottles and teats that help with feeding cleft babies. Soft polythene bottles and specially designed teats are available to assist with any reduction in sucking capacity. CleftPALS supplies this feeding equipment as part of their services to parents.
Fact Sheets provided by NSW Department of Health:
Payment can be made by cheque, money order or electronic funds transfer. Please note: CleftPALS members purchase these items at a discounted rate.
For more information or to buy these items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.