A cleft occurs because the tissues of the baby’s face and mouth don’t fuse (link) properly.
Cleft is a split in the lip that can be immediately identified during the birth of a baby. A cleft lip is a split in the lip. Cleft lip and cleft palate can affect one or both sides of the mouth. Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur independently of each other or can occur together.
A cleft lip is caused due to many reasons - it can be hereditary, exposure to substances like cigarettes, alcohol or medications, diabetes or obesity during pregnancy. Babies having cleft lip can breastfeed comfortably, however babies with a cleft palate may have difficulty in sucking.
Consider this while feeding a baby with cleft lip (Without cleft palate):
A cleft palate is a split or opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft palate can involve the hard palate (the bony front portion of the roof of the mouth), and/or the soft palate.
Consider this while breastfeeding a baby with cleft palate:
Using a breast pump is a personal choice.
Lactose overload happens when the milk is not digested properly.
It is possible to have an oversupply of milk.
Relactation is when you resume breastfeeding after you have stopped it because of any unavoidable reasons.
Nipple shields are useful for babies for whom latching is difficult.
Worried about whether you are feeding the child enough? Look for the signs that your child gives.
Improper latching leads to an underweight child. Hence it is important to make sure that your child is latched well.
Breastfeeding can sometimes get overwhelming, not just emotionally, but physically too. Nipple care is very important for the first few months of feeding.
Thrush is a fungal infection that causes severe pain in both nipples and breasts after feeds.
For starters, most mothers find it difficult to stick to one position for breastfeeding. But with time, it gets better.
Breastfeeding after having a C-section delivery can be difficult due to the painful wound.
New mothers might worry about breast engorgement but there is nothing to worry about much.
It is important to breastfeed a child till 1 year. It is not advisable to give formula milk before the age of 1 year.
The beginning is always tough, but it does get easier with time. Find out more in the full article.