The problem of the clef palate is not too known in Nigeria. Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral malformations that occur early in a pregnancy, while the baby is developing inside the mother. Cleating results when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area and the tissue that is available does not join together properly.
A cleft lip is a physical split or separation of the two sides of the upper lip and appears as a narrow opening or gap in the skin of the upper lip. This separation often extends beyond the base of the nose and includes the bones of the upper jaw or upper gum.
A cleft lip , with or without cleft palate, affects one in 700 babies annually, and affects one in 800 babies in Nigeria. It is one of the most common birth defects and occurs among boys than girls. However, compared with boys, twice as many girls have cleft palate without a cleft lip.
In the process of rising a child that has a cleft, Pigeon Nigeria has made a product modified to make the feeding experience of a new born or growing baby less stressful for both the parent and the child itself. This helps in a nice segue into the process of breastfeeding. Breast feeding is more nutritious and easier to digest than formula, it gives immune protection, lowers risk of infections and helps minimize allergies. Apart from all these, breastfeeding helps creates a bond with your baby, improves the babies mouth and tongue coordination which helps speech skills.
Babies with a cleft lip, but no cleft palate, can usually breastfeed. With a cleft palate, suction can make it very difficult. You can pump your breast milk and feed your baby with a special bottle that can be gotten at pigeon.com.ng.
Babies with cleft lip or cleft palate tend to have more ear infections and breast milk helps to protect against these infections. This is because the mothers anti bodies are passed on to the bay in the breast milk. For an infant facing surgery, this is a real benefit.
Choking and milk leaking from the nose may occur and breast milk is less irritating to the mucous membranes than formula because it is a natural body fluid. For babies with cleft lip, breast feeding helps strengthen the face and mouth muscles, leading to more normal facial formation. This naturally promotes better speech skills as the baby grows.
Breast feeding has its own challenges which include trouble maintaining a good seal, gagging and choking, milk leaking out of the nose, swallowing too much air and having a weak suck. However, there are some instances where the process of breastfeeding is not an option and the need for the use of bottle becomes imperative. This is where the pigeon bottle feeding range of products come in. Pigeon Nigeria plc is the only company producing baby products in Nigeria to make provision for clef palate and clef lips babies