Like all other aspects of feeding infants, positioning infants for successful feeding is important. It can take some practice to find the position that works best for your baby.
In general, it works well to hold infants with a cleft in an upright or semi-upright position for feedings. This will help direct the flow of milk and decrease the amount of liquid that either spills out of the mouth or enters the nose through the cleft. Many younger newborns might benefit from a side-lying position that provides good body support and helps to regulate the flow of liquid during the feeding.
It is important to position your baby so you can see each other’s faces during the feeding. This allows you both to interact and respond to each other throughout the feeding, and to observe how your baby is tolerating the feeding.
Your care team will work with you to help you find the holding position that works best for your child.