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Cleft Lip and Palate

Between 10-20% of babies with Trisomy 18 will be born with a cleft lip, or palate, or both.

Around 60% of babies with Trisomy 13 will be born with a cleft lip, or palate, or both. 

Babies with a cleft palate are unable to make a seal between the mouth and the nipple/bottle teat, and cannot suck effectively. Your midwife, infant feeding specialist midwife or cleft team feeding adviser should be able to support you. If direct breast or bottle feeding is not possible, you should be shown other methods.

CLAPA offers antenatal and postnatal support for all aspects of caring for a baby with a cleft lip or palate. Their feeding advice is helpful, as is their very comprehensive online dvd Easing the First Few Hours.

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