It is a distant memory now (my daughter had her palate repair at 10 months and she is now 2 and 1/2) but feeding was not the nightmare I thought it would be. Our surgeon had us use a syringe with a soft tube on the end. We fed our daughter formula, yogurt smoothies (which were her favorite) and watered down baby food through the syringe. It was a battle for the first few days but she eventually got hungry enough and got comfortable with it and by the end of the first week was eating like a champ. It wasn't an easy few weeks because our surgeon also had us use arm splints for three weeks but as I said it is now a distant memory and she is a happy and healthy two year old who can talk better than a lot of other two year olds! Hang in there and let me know if you have any other questions.
: My son was born with P.R. diagnosed at birth.
: 3 months later he had jaw distraction
: surgery. We are now embarking on the dreaded
: palate surgery. I dread this because my sons
: Dr. Has already warned us that he will be
: unable to drink from a bottle, sippy cup it
: use a spoon, and absolutely nothing hard in
: his mouth for 3 wk after the surgery. Now my
: question is, can anyone out there who has
: already been through this process recommend
: any cups, techniques words of advise for
: successful feeding to help us through this
: next / last stage.
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