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Breast and Bottle Feeding

Feeding a Baby with a Chromosome Defect

Many newborns with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18 experience feeding difficulties because they lack the co-ordination to suck and swallow properly. In addition, babies may have a cleft lip or palate. These challenges can lead to problems with slow growth and low weight gain. For this reason most babies born with Edwards' or Patau's syndrome start off by being fed by nasogastric tube. For newborns, the milk through the tube may be either breastmilk or infant formula.


Further information can be found on the following pages:


Bottle Feeding

Tube Feeding

Cleft Lip and Palate


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