Interview 13

Long-term breast milk expression for two babies with cleft palate. Relactation for second baby (viral meningitis at birth), extreme dairy intolerance, breastfed after operation to repair cleft.

This woman calls herself ‘the Queen of Expression’ because she has expressed breastmilk for long periods for both of her sons. As a result, she built up a wealth of knowledge on the topic and set up the charity Best Beginningswhich is working to increase breastfeeding rates in the UK through projects including. The news that her first son had a cleft palate and a syndrome called Pierre Robin was a bombshell for her and her husband. She says that she was fortunate to have bonded with her baby immediately and continued to express copious quantities of breastmilk for him for nine months, even donating some to the milk bank. Her second son was extremely ill with viral meningitis in the perinatal period and once again she provided her expressed breastmilk for him. He too had a cleft palate, although not as obvious as his brother’s, and was eventually diagnosed with a severe dairy intolerance. After the operation to repair his palate, he was able to breastfeed. It means a lot to her to have been able to provide breastmilk for her sons and to have eventually experienced breastfeeding. She says that in terms of breastfeeding anything is possible with the right help and the right support, all of which she received from her husband, mother and mother-in-law.

She expressed long-term for her baby with a cleft palate. She talked about the experience of…

Age at interview 36

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There were times when it caused tension but it was wonderful to be able to breastfeed her son…

Age at interview 36

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Her baby was born with a cleft palate. She had him on her chest for skin-skin contact and put…

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She has mixed feelings about finishing breastfeeding as it is her baby’s way of connecting with…

Age at interview 36

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Her milk supply went down because her baby with a cleft palate was unable to feed properly. It…

Age at interview 36

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Diagnosis of Pierre Robin Syndrome for her first son born with a cleft palate was a positive…

Age at interview 36

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She expressed breast milk long-term for her two babies with cleft palates. Her second son was…

Age at interview 36

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She said that the Jewish culture is very pro-breastfeeding and the women are well looked after in…

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She remembered with warmth in her heart the professionals who were helpful but also wished that…

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She gives us a glimpse of family life and feeding an older baby for comfort when he was ill.

Age at interview 36

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Being unable to breastfeed her baby felt like grief because she had lost something that was very…

Age at interview 36

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