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Back to Basics for Cleft Lip and Palate: An Overview of Strategies to Support Lactation

Presenter: Alice Farrow, IBCLC

Date: 9 January 2018

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST USA  (Click HERE to see your local time)

Credits: 1 L-CERP


Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate


A common misconception among care providers and families is that babies born with an oral cleft cannot breastfeed/chestfeed. This presentation corrects that misconception by exploring cleft types and their expected breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes and sharing tools that lactation specialists can use to more effectively support parents when their baby is born with a cleft lip/palate.


About the Presenter: 

Alice Farrow is an IBCLC, writer, speaker, and infant feeding and health equity advocate. Parent of a child born with a cleft lip and palate, Alice has worked extensively, since 2006, with parents, parent organisations, cleft teams health providers and lactation specialists in order to increase awareness of the specific challenges faced by cleft affected infants and their families and to improve access to adequate lactation support for this community.

Currently based in Rome, Italy, Alice advocates for, and teaches regularly on, the topic of breastfeeding/chestfeeding with an oral cleft via presentations, courses, articles, booklets and handouts and supports parents and professionals worldwide via their Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding website and associated online support group, and in person and distance consultations.

Learner Objectives: 

    • Recognise three classes of clefts and the different expected breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes for each class.
    • Give examples of three barriers to breastfeeding/chestfeeding that may affect the feeding outcomes that are not directly related to the cleft.
    • List three important tools in the lactation specialist's toolbox necessary for supporting an infant born with an oral cleft.


ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).


ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.


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