This amazing family agreed to share their story here with us all and I hope it finds those who need it.
Being born with some form of cleft lip or palate is the 4th most common birth surprise a parent can receive on birth-day (or ultrasound day). A cleft lip can be fixed very young in life, but a cleft palate needs for the baby to be a bit older before the surgery can take place. This family had a safe beautiful home birth, and then took their baby to the hospital to be diagnosed.
I was called in just to help this experienced mom of 4 to use a wrap with her new little man, so she can keep him extra close for bonding and development. He, like many other babies with a cleft, but not all, has some other issues, including heart problems, so wearing him close will help his body to function more easily and allow the wearers body to do some of his bodies moment to moment work. Through being worn he can develop with less effort from his own body, and the help of his mother and possibly reduce his effects over time.
One Love Wrapsody Bali Stretch Hybrid exclusive to Elephant Ears. A Perfect snuggly first wrap.
We were having this session in their home 3 days after birth.
talking to other children on the phone, and all around taking care of everybody at once is made so much easier with some solid wrapping skills.
Breastfeeding a baby with a cleft can be challenging, but not impossible by any stretch of the imagination. Look at this amazing pair working it all out after only 3 days. Mom is also pumping and bottle feeding.
Having a bilateral cleft palate is a hefty challenge that this little man seems to be ready to take on, with his amazing family.
This mom was also very experienced with a ringsling, but we practiced a new hold to her, a tighter tummy to tummy hold that will support her little ones breathing and body perfectly. This is a Girasol Elephant Ears exclusive heaven on earth ring sling converted by metamorphasis carriers. We tucked the tail of the ring sling between the body and the rings to cushion babies head as he turned back and forth in his sleep.
Overall, mom felt really comfortable and happy with her wrap by the end of our visit.
Babywearing can protect you, your family, and your baby from unwanted casual inquiry about your babies situation. I have worked with many families with babies with a cleft, and all have used baby carriers as a way to move about the world with their babies being viewed first and foremost as perfect and normal babies, which is what they are. Babywearing offers protection and control, among many other things we have explored on this blog over the years.
I want to thank this beautiful family again, for their willingness to open thier lives and their story to the world. I hope to have many follow up visits and posts about this lovely little man and his amazing parents, brothers (one below), and sister.