PDF: Bottle-feeding technique for children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate

A cleft lip/cleft palate is an opening in the lip and/or palate due to the incomplete fusion of the lip and/or palate when the baby is just a fetus.

Babies born with cleft lip/cleft palate may not be able to breastfeed properly because the anatomy of the lip, plate, and nose can affect the baby’s ability to suck milk and swallow it.

Therefore, feeding with a bottle is usually needed for the mother and baby to have a successful feeding time. 


The mother should hold the baby in a upright position while supporting his/her head. Gravity will help the milk flow down the baby’s throat.

It is important to establish the emotional bond between parent and child. The mother needs to be comfortable when holding the child and should be able to see the infant’s face in case there are any problems. 

An average baby will lose weight immediately after birth but return to birth weight within a couple of weeks.

If the baby does not gain weight appropriately, or if problems with feeding persist, refer the infant to a medical center. 

Publicar un comentario

0 Comentarios
* Por favor, no envíe spam aquí. Todos los comentarios son revisados por el administrador.