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Back to Basics for Cleft Lip and Palate: An Overview of Strategies to Support Lactation in the Neonatal Period and Beyond

by Alice Farrow, BSc, IBCLC, Cert PPH
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Neonatal

A common misconception among care providers and families is that babies born with an oral cleft cannot breastfeed/chestfeed. This presentation corrects that misconception by exploring cleft types and their expected breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes and sharing tools that lactation specialists can use to more effectively support parents when their baby is born with a cleft lip/palate. In particular, during the neonatal period, the lactation specialist is uniquely positioned to support parents to make informed decisions about their feeding choices and create a going home care plan to help them achieve their breastfeeding/chestfeeding goals in the long term.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will be able to recognise three classes of clefts and the different expected breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes for each class;

Objective 2: Participants will be able to list three important tools in the lactation specialist toolbox necessary for supporting an infant born with an oral cleft;

Objective 3:Participants will be able to give examples of three barriers to breastfeeding/chestfeeding that may affect the feeding outcomes that are not directly related to the cleft.