A nursing case study

Mandy just gave birth vaginally to her first child. Mandy and James had attended prenatal classes and had a natural childbirth. They were totally unprepared to see that baby “Rose” has a severe left-sided unilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. James is having a hard time with this and just keeps staring at the baby. Mandy begins to cry and states “I thought I was going to breast-feed my baby and now it’s impossible.” (Learning Objectives 12, 14, and 15)

A. Discuss the implications for bottle feeding and breast-feeding a baby with a unilateral cleft lip. Is it possible for Mandy to breast-feed Rose?
B. What is involved in the surgical correction of the defect? When can she eventually have a “normal” mouth and facial features?
C. What other problems may develop for Rose since she has this type of defect?
D. How can you assist the family bond with Rose?

Sample Solution

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