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February 1979

Simplified Method of Feeding Infants Born With Cleft Palate With or Without Cleft LipHermine M. Pashayan, MD, Margaret McNab, RN

Author Affiliations

From the Cleft Palate Clinic, Boston Floating Hospital, and the Department of Pediatrics, Tufts-New England Medical Center Hospital, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(2):145-147. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130020035006

• Most infants born with a cleft palate with or without cleft lip are undergrown and have histories of difficult feeding. For the past two years, all of the infants born with isolated cleft palate with or without cleft lip, referred to the Boston Floating Cleft Palate Clinic, were fed using a simplified method. A standard nipple that was cross cut and a standard glass baby bottle were used. The infants were fed in the sitting position and burped frequently. Data indicating that nutrition in these infants is adequate as judged by weight gain was provided.

(Am J Dis Child 133:145-147, 1979)