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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