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July 25th 2016:Cleft Lip or Palate: Smart Strategies to Help You Breastfeed Your Baby

Babies can be born with a wide variety of congenital conditions that create unusual hurdles for the breastfeeding journey. Only rarely, though, is breastfeeding impossible. Unfortunately, many parents of babies who are born with a cleft lip and/or palate are told they cannot breastfeed. Before you accept this opinion, before you give up and formula-feed, listen to this episode. Marie and her guest, Leslie Turner, RN IBCLC provide an experience-based look at the needs and feeding options for babies with cleft lip and/or palate. You’ll find out how an interdisciplinary cleft team can provide

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Leslie Turner

Leslie Turner earned her nursing degree from the University of Miama School of Nursing. From there, she went on to work in the NICU of the Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City, MO) as both a staff nurse and lactation consultant and, later, as a member of the craniofacial team as a lactation consultant and feeding specialist. A 3-year stay in China found her advocating for Chinese orphans, many with craniofacial anomalies. Leslie is now in Tampa, working with Dr. Pat Ricalde, founder of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Children’s Craniofacial Center. Leslie advocates for families affected by facial differences, and says she has “learned so much from [her] own journey with a facial cleft and rais
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