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My baby has a cleft palate, can I still breastfeed?

Cleft lip and palate malformation doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot breastfeed, though in some cases it isn’t suitable. Feeding your baby is likely to be more challenging so be prepared and get some help and information from the breastfeeding advisor at your hospital. They might recommend using a cup or specially designed spoons or teats to feed the baby your expressed breast milk (EBM). Then, once surgery has repaired the problem, breastfeeding can really take off! Actually, the action of breastfeeding will aid the development of the mouth and jaw. You can contact the Cleft Lip and Palate Association for more information via their website at: www.clapa.com or by phone 020 7431 0033.

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