Hi! So I've never breastfed though I've always thought I would and am sadly missing out due to my three-month-old's large cleft palate (and when I say cleft, I really mean she is missing the roof of her mouth). We also missed out on a lot of bonding time since she was in the hospital her first 2 months of life because of heart issues / multiple surgeries etc. (She has Velocardiofacial Syndrome). I am a new mom too!
Anyway, my question is probably a totally weird one and I'm not expecting much, but what does everyone think about a baby trying to breastfeed for the first time at a year of age? She will not have her cleft repaired until at least a year or so and cannot suck at all until then. She gets very frustrated if I put her to the nipple at all because she is used to her Nuk pacifier. She also has never been orally fed period -- so that is a doozy I know!
We hope to begin feeding her orally soon within the next month or so, just a few feeds to introduce her to using her mouth etc. with a haberman bottle (however you spell that special cleft feeder bottle).
Anyway -- could you introduce the breast to a 1 year old with any sucess or do you think she might just bite me? Or at this point not worry about breast feeding since she will be dependent on solids?
I plan to express milk for her for as many years as I can since she has a bad immune system also!!
Any encouragement you can offer will cheer me up even if you think I'm nuts. God bless!