Babies born with a cleft palate or cleft lip face challenges that many newborns do not face. Breastfeeding a baby with one (or both) of these birth defects can be very difficult and feel impossible. There is hope though. If you are looking for ways to breastfeed your baby with a cleft, please read on to the Cleft Palates and Breastfeeding article for inciteful information.
Heather Shabestari, BS, IBCLC, CEIM, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). Her lactation training was completed through University of California, San Diego and an 8 month internship at Kaiser Permanente's outpatient lactation department.