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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4. Expressing Milk

4. Expressing Milk

It is possible to provide all of the baby’s nutritional needs via breast milk expression. It is not easy – the amount of time consumed…

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5. Maximising Supply

5. Maximising Supply

Monitoring a baby’s weight gain in the early days, is a good indication of whether the baby is getting enough milk. Nappy/diaper output is also…

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6. Facing surgical repair

6. Facing surgical repair

Most parents face cleft repair with a mixture of trepidation and joy. It’s a difficult time both emotionally and physically. If your child’s cleft team/hospital…

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