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Expressing Colostrum for Expectant Mamas

When I was pregnant with Will, I was forewarned that feeding from the start may be in issue.  This was so disheartening but at least I was aware that there could be issues.  Most of you will know Will's feeding journey if you have been following for a while, but in summary: couldn't bottle feed, had an NG tube for 6 months and started cup feeding around 16 weeks and weaning from 17 weeks.  However, that is only our journey, lots of people have no issues at all and there are some success stories with pumping and even breastfeeding! Our cleft nurse mentioned during my pregnancy that it could be worth looking into colostrum harvesting.  At that point I had no idea...

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Your Story - Kelly & George

Hello my name is Kelly, mum to 2 boys - Bailey who is 3 and George who is 11 weeks old. George was born with a complete unilateral right sided cleft and palate with gum involvement. My pregnancies for both were fairly straightforward. 12 week scan confirmed everything was okay so we began to share the news Bailey was going to be a big brother. The 20 week scan was heavily focussed on would the baby be blue or pink, boy or girl, a new brother or sister. But, this is where things took a turn. We told the sonographer at the beginning of the scan we would like to know the sex, but at the end. This is the...

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Don't Get Lippy - The Reason

In early in 2018, I found out I was pregnant with my son, Will.  At week 13 of my pregnancy, I had a bleed.  Not serious enough for the NHS to scan me, we paid for a private scan for reassurance.  Thankfully the scan showed no concerns and Will was healthy.    Whilst we were there, the sonographer asked if I wanted him to check and see if Will had a cleft lip and palate - the condition I was born with.  I was surprised that he offered to do this but said yes anyway.  Within a few seconds, it was confirmed that a cleft lip was visible (he couldn't see if the palate was affected and this would only...

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