Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding Resources

Australian breastfeeding Association:

Breastfeeding babies with clefts of lip and/or palate

Babies with a cleft of the lip only can usually breastfeed as a newborn. You can use your breast or fingers to block the cleft to help your baby to get proper suction.

The soft palate may have a cleft. This is often hard to see, so it may only be found after a few hours or days if your baby seems unable to breastfeed. The baby may make a clicking sound while breastfeeding or slip off the breast. The cleft will cause a break in the seal, which is needed for a ‘good’ breastfeeding ‘technique’.

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Breastfeeding and Alcohol

By Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC

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  • Current research says that occasional use of alcohol (1-2 drinks) does not appear to be harmful to the nursing baby.
  • Per Hale (2012), “mothers who ingest alcohol in moderate amounts can generally return to breastfeeding as soon as they feel neurologically normal.”
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding notes: “ingestion of alcoholic beverages should be minimized and limited to an occasional intake but no more than 0.5 g alcohol per kg body weight, which for a 60 kg mother is approximately 2 oz liquor, 8 oz wine, or 2 beers. Nursing should take place 2 hours or longer after the alcohol intake to minimize its concentration in the ingested milk.”
  • Many experts recommend against drinking more than 1-2 drinks per week.
  • There is no need to pump & dump milk after drinking alcohol, other than for mom’s comfort — pumping & dumping does notspeed the elimination of alcohol from the milk.
  • Alcohol does not increase milk production, and has been shown to inhibit let-down and decrease milk production (see below).
  • If you’re away from your baby, try to pump as often as baby usually nurses (this is to maintain milk supply, not because of the alcohol). At the very least, pump or hand express whenever you feel uncomfortably full – this will help you to avoid plugged ducts and mastitis.

In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom’s blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom’s body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.

Image credit: kizzzbeth on flickr CC BY 2.0

Image credit: kizzzbeth on flickr CC BY 2.0

Always keep in mind the baby’s age when considering the effect of alcohol. A newborn has a very immature liver, so minute amounts of alcohol would be more of a burden. Up until around 3 months of age, infants detoxify alcohol at around half the rate of an adult. An older baby or toddler can metabolize the alcohol more quickly.

Custom Made Milk

If you breastfeed at your child’s daycare, you are breathing in and touching the germs in this environment. Your baby’s saliva also sends information through the breast about what he/she has come in contact with which in turn tells your body to make milk to protect against any nasty germs at that daycare. AMAZING right?!

If you live in Oakland and take BART to work in the City, you are making Oakland/BART/San Francisco milk! If you live and work in Union City, CA, you are making custom Union City, CA milk based on your environment! [hometown shot out :-)]

5 Signs Your Breast Milk Is Still Good & Doesn’t Need To Be Tossed

I found this great article by Sarah Hosseini and wanted to share:

According to Kelly Mom your breast milk can look all types of ways including: watery, thin, blue, green, or orange if the mother has been eating a lot of green foods or other colored foods. The site noted that the
color of the milk is usually nothing to be worried about. Breast milk changes it’s composition feeding to feeding, day to day and it essentially changes with your growing baby.

“Disregard color as it’s a poor indicator of freshness,” Mel McCullough, a breast pump supply seller with Ameda Direct tells Romper. “Frozen milk can take on a yellowish hue and it’s completely normal.” She also said breast milk can be bluish or brownish because of food dyes or the mother’s diet in general.

Link to full article found here.
Art by: Sascalia