A new baby starter pack has been launched by the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA). The one-off pack contains special squeezable bottles, teats and information for new parents.
The pack also contains information about CLAPA and the help it can give to families. Packs are given free of charge once a baby with a cleft has had a feeding assessment by a specialist cleft nurse.
About one in 700 babies in the UK - about 1,000 a year - are born with a cleft. Surgery to close a cleft does not normally happen until the baby is about six months old and up to this time feeding can be difficult and stressful. CLAPA has useful information and resources for both parents and professionals. For more details, visit www.clapa.com