Encouraging suck refex after Palate Surgery

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Encouraging suck refex after Palate Surgery
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 6:48pm

I have 11 month old b/g twins. I have been exclusively pumping for them since birth and my ds had palate repair 3 weeks ago. I am trying to encouage him to suck anything! I have tried a bottle (haberman nipple, Mead Johnson cleft nurser), soothers, my finger, a cup. Anything that I can think of I have tried and he does not want anything to do with it. I know he can get a suction because he is always making ppp sounds. (physically imposible for him to do before his palate repair)

I am welcome to all and any advice!

Thank you


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Registered: 08-09-2004
Thu, 02-10-2011 - 9:05am

my DD didn't have a latch/suck/swallow reflux when she was born - so we went to a speech therapist.

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Sat, 02-12-2011 - 2:05pm

Is it possible he's still having discomfort from the surgery and just doesn't want anything in

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte