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"It's important to remember that in infants, the eustachian tubes are horizontal and in infants with cleft lip and palate - who may get a lot of formula up into the nasal cavity - this may lead to increased risk and incidence of ear infection."

- from Faces of Children, Understanding Cleft Lip and Palate Physiology

So let's avoid getting formula in there ‪#‎bf‬ ‪#‎cleftlipandpalate‬ ‪#‎clpbfing‬
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My newest article.

From my experience, I believe that with optimal breastfeeding support immediately after birth and in the following days, babies with clefts will be able to show their true breastfeeding potential. I call this “the red carpet treatment.”
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If you were to ask me what is the biggest hurdle for breastfeeding with a cleft lip and palate, I would say – lack of support – no question.

Lack of information certainly plays its part – some  healthcare professionals will say that breastfeeding with a cleft isn’t possible and it’s not worth trying. Some will say that formula is as good as breast milk. This is incorrect information and doesn’t help anybody.

Advocacy without support can be enormously frustrating, if not hurtful; by that I mean saying that breastfeeding with a cleft lip and palate is possible, and that breast is best, without offering practical assistance and support.

What kind of support to cleft parents need for breastfeeding? Read full post on my website. I look forward to your comments.
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I spend a lot of time cleft parent message boards listening out for breastfeeding stories and something I often hear is “Can I really breastfeed my baby with a cleft lip and palate?” and the answers are often along the lines of, “I couldn’t breastfeed, I pumped”.

So many cleft parents are bitterly disappointed about their feeding experience with their cleft affected child, despite having gone through hoops in order to feed that child, that I have begun to wonder about what contributes to this – whether we have developed an all-or-nothing attitude to breastfeeding, and whether the way we talk about breastfeeding may not undermine the feeding experiences of many?

With these questions in mind I decided to go on search to find the definition of breastfeeding and whether language, and overly rigid views of what is breastfeeding, may contribute to the formation of a commonly held belief that “babies with a cleft lip and palate cannot breastfeed”.....read the full post by following the link below
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Have you seen the Cleft Lip and Palate Pinterest board?
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An interesting video about the internal difficulties of implementing the baby friendly hospital initiative. When more hospitals become baby friendly, more families cleft affected babies will get the kind of support we need http://tinyurl.com/lz29rqy.

I asked a friend - a pediatric nurse, IBCLC and cleft parent - how we can make hospitals cleft lip and palate breastfeeding friendly - "one hospital at a time" she replied - okay, that's a challenge, but WE can do that!
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Second part of the previous video
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Interesting video - would love to see more of these
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Celebrating the brand new version of my website! Please share www.cleftlipandpalatebreastfeeding.com
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