Published May 11, 2005
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D. Rationale: Because a neonate with a cleft lip and palate can't grasp a nipple securely, he may swallow a large amount of air during feedings and, therefore, require frequent burping. A neonate with a cleft lip and palate should be fed in an upright position to reduce the risk of aspiration. Spoons aren't used. A neonate with a cleft lip and palate may use specially prepared nipples for feeding. Placing the nipple in the cleft palate increases the risk of aspiration.
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