Cleft lip and cleft palate: Spoon feeding and cup drinking

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Introduce spoon feeding and cup drinking to your child with cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

Key points

  • Feeding should be an enjoyable time for both you and your baby.
  • When spoon feeding, first introduce iron-rich foods to your child.
  • After your baby becomes familiar with spoon feeding, you can introduce drinking formula or breastmilk from a free-flowing cup.
  • Before the operation to repair a cleft palate, your baby needs to be completely weaned from bottle drinking and effectively drinking from a cup.
  • Introduce these new skills slowly and consistently.
Last updated: June 16th 2020