Tips from Members of Charleston Clefts

Here are some tips from the members of the support group, who have "been there and done that" and know some secrets to making your and your child's life a little easier.

Tips about: (click one to go there)

Feeding your Cleft Affected BabyPumping  |  Nursing  |  Nursing with Specific Clefts  |  When a Cleft Affected Child Joins a Family  |  Dealing With Guilt  |  Dealing with Rude Comments  |  Taking Pictures of your newborn  |  Announcements  |  Daycare and Sitters  | Selecting a Team  |  Clinic  | Insurance

Tips for Feeding your Cleft-Affected Baby

 

Tips for Pumping

 

Tips for Nursing

 

Tips for Nursing with Specific Types of Clefts

 

Tips for When a Cleft Affected Child Joins a Family

 

Tips for Dealing with Guilt

Realize you are NOT responsible for the cleft

Be strong for your child - he or she can read your feelings

Know the difference between risk factors and causes

It is normal to feel/not feel a variety of emotions - including guilt, disbelief, anger, shock, sadness, confusion, disappointment, or fear

Talk to someone about your feelings - either a spouse, relative, friend, professional, or support group member

Tips for Dealing with Rude Comments

 

Tips for Taking Pictures of your Newborn

 

Tips for Announcements

 

Tips for Daycare and Sitters

 

Tips for Selecting a Team

 

Tips for Clinic

 

Tips for Insurance