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Cleft Palate: Feeding Your Baby

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Feeding a baby who has a 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 formula or breast milk. For example, use a soft, compressible nipple or a bottle you can squeeze to help the flow of milk.

A health professional who specializes in babies with cleft palate can show you how to bottle-feed your baby in the best way. This person can also answer any questions you have about feeding problems.

If you want to breastfeed your baby, talk with a health professional or a breastfeeding (lactation) consultant. Feeding your baby directly at the breast usually is very challenging. It's not always successful. But you can use a breast pump to collect your breast milk in a bottle and then feed it to your baby.

Here are some tips to try when feeding your baby who has a cleft palate. These tips can help whether you are using formula or breast milk that you have pumped.


Credits for Cleft Palate: Feeding Your Baby

Current as of: August 3, 2022

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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