Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk

Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk

I wish so much that I had known about Stephanie Casemore’s book Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk when my second daughter was born that, now that…

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Can I really breastfeed my baby with a cleft lip and palate?

Can I really breastfeed my baby with a cleft lip and palate?

I spend a lot of time cleft parent message boards listening out for breastfeeding stories and something I often hear is “Can I really breastfeed…

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Building a bumper milk supply - the early days

Building a bumper milk supply – the early days

One of the biggest hurdles to breastfeeding with a cleft lip and/or palate, apart from finding support and information, is keeping up with supply. Having…

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Why is  at-the-breast feeding with a cleft lip and palate so elusive?

Why is at-the-breast feeding with a cleft lip and palate so elusive?

Up until recently, whenever I spoke or wrote about breast feeding with a cleft lip and palate, I would warn parents that it was unlikely…

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One cleft is not like another

One cleft is not like another

Perhaps this is stating the obvious, or perhaps not. One facial cleft is not like another, and the way a cleft will impact breastfeeding depends…

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What kind of support do we need?

What kind of support do we need?

If you were to ask me what is the biggest hurdle for breastfeeding with a cleft lip and palate, I would say – lack of…

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A Tribute to Christa Herzog-Isler

A Tribute to Christa Herzog-Isler

Seven years ago I was expecting my second child. Miriam was diagnosed with a unilateral cleft lip and palate at our 16 week scan. I…

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1. What to expect

1. What to expect

The kind of cleft your child is born with will affect the way he or she breastfeeds. Knowing what other parents have achieved is helpful…

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2. Getting off to a good start

2. Getting off to a good start

As with all babies, there are many ways to make sure your baby gets off to the best start with breastfeeding. Currently, breastfeeding rates are…

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3. Latching and positioning

3. Latching and positioning

A baby with a cleft lip may feed better with the cleft positioned toward the breast. This may mean using a rugby hold on one…

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