Angela BrownseyProduct Design BSc
Clefts are one of the most common facial defects, in the UK one in 700 infants are born with cleft palates each year. As a result of this infants are not able to breastfeed, as they cannot generate sufficient negative intra-oral pressure to draw milk out from the breast. Some mothers are often very disappointed that they are not able to have this experience, which can affect their supply when expressing milk and can even have a negative effect on the bond felt between the mother and child. This project aims to facilitate breastfeeding, reducing stress and exhaustion in mothers and developing the facial muscles of the infants. Less time is spent expressing milk, or preparing feed, allowing more time to be spent with their child. Breastfeeding also helps to release hormones in the mother that can have a positive affect for bonding between mother and child.