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 problems.
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 breastfeed your baby, talk with a health professional or a breastfeeding (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 suggestions.
Current as of: May 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam David Schaffner MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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