IJSRP, Volume 13, Issue 8, August 2023 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
S Malka S W Jayathilake, A Romesh Gunasekera
Cleft lip and palate (CLP) is the most common craniofacial deformity, occurring in 6 - 12 weeks of gestation. The severity of feeding difficulties is varying with the severity of the cleft deformity. Babies use both compression and suction to extract milk, but both will affect CLP due to structural deformities. Babies with CLP can be breastfed or bottle fed with a special bottle if there are not associated with syndromes, breathing or neurological condition.