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The goals of this study are to document breast milk feeding rates and barriers to breast milk feeding in children with cleft palate and to determine whether duration of breast milk feeding is associated with otologic, audiologic, and speech outcomes in this group. Researchers hope to identify barriers to breast milk pumping and will compare duration of breast milk feeding between patients with and without cleft palate to help target future interventions to increase breast milk feeding in children with cleft palate.
Biological mothers of children with cleft palate and biological mothers of age-matched children without cleft palate who are being seen at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will be eligible to participate.
Girls and Boys: Newborns through age 3
While their children are being seen during a regular appointment, mothers will complete a 5-minute survey that includes questions about breast milk feeding education and experience. Investigators will also review patients' electronic medical records and collect information regarding demographics and otologic, audiologic, and speech/language evaluations.
Visits: None beyond normal treatment for this condition
Duration: Not applicable
Plastic Surgery Research
Amber Shaffer, PhD
For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Research Specialist Jennifer Fantuzzo, BS
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