Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding


Alice Farrow is a writer, speaker and infant feeding advocate with expertise in breastfeeding with a cleft lip and palate and health inequities. A cleft parent and breastfeeding peer-counselor, Alice has worked extensively with parents, parent organisations, cleft teams, health providers and lactation support professionals in order to increase awareness of the specific challenges faced by cleft infants and their families and improve access to adequate lactation support for this community.

Alice advocates for, and teaches regularly on, the topic of breastfeeding with an oral cleft via presentations, courses, articles, booklets and handouts, and supports parents and professionals worldwide via her Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding website and associated online support groups.

Alice is an undergraduate student with the Open University (UK) completing a bachelor of science with a focus on public health promotion and developing practice. She participated in the 2014 Lactation Summit – Addressing Inequities within the Lactation Consultant Profession – and is a member of the Journal of Human Lactation Review Board.

Speaking schedule: upcoming and past presentations

Contact for a full curriculum and information on speaking topics


Recent Presentations:

Breastfeeding with a CleftLlip and/or Palate

iLactation Online Conference: Building Better Breastfeeding. September-November 2015

Breastfeeding a Baby with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate

Amningshjälpen ‘Mentorsutbildning’, Akademihotellet, Uppsala, Sweden, 21-23 November 2014

Breastfeeding with a Cleft Lip/Palate

5th ABM European Regional Meeting for Physicians, organised by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in collaboration with ProMama Center Bucharest, October 11-12, 2014, Caro Golf Hotel Bucharest, Romania.

Nominated as “Opinion Leader” for this presentation in the Briefs in Breastfeeding Medicine Newsletter, December 2014.

Overcoming the Complex Challenges of Breastfeeding a Baby with a Cleft Lip or Palate

Webinar Series: Emerging Topics in Breastfeeding: Thinkers on the Leading Edge. February 10, 2014.

Alice Farrow’s presentation should be mandatory education for everyone working with babies affected by cleft lip and palate as well as their parents. I really appreciate all the personal insight Alice provides and her attention to obstacles parents might face.


Recent Articles:

Breastfeeding with a cleft lip and/or palate; the red carpet treatment

“It takes more than the efforts of one parent to breastfeed a cleft-affected child. It takes not only the patience and support of the whole family, but also the community, especially the health-care community that surrounds us. What we need is more than just encouragement and information; we also need the right support – “the red carpet treatment.””

Farrow A.  Breastfeeding with a Cleft Lip and/or Palate; the red carpet treatment. 2014 [online article]

Allattamento e labiopalatoschisi: quali sono le difficoltà (parte II). LAM supplemento n. 1 DMAM n. 103. LLLItalia 2012

Allattamento e labiopalatoschisi: quali sono le difficoltà (parte I). LAM supplemento n. 1 DMAM n. 102, LLLItalia 2012

Labiopalatoschisi, Allattare al seno è possible, LAM supplemento n. 1 DMAM n. 87, LLLItalia, 2008

DAS, un modo per integrare. DMAM n. 89. LLLItalia, 2008

L’importane è il punto di arrivo.



“Allattare con una schisi orale – si può! Ecco come”

“Breastfeeding with an oral cleft – you can! Here’s how” – booklet (17 pages)  [in press], accepted December 2014


Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding – website and blog

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Allattamento e Labiopalatoschisi – sito e blog

Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding Support Group

Online Faceboook support group for parents and carers of cleft affected infants.

Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding Professional Support Group

Online Facebook support group for professionals working with cleft affected infants and their families.



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