In China, nearly one out of every 500 babies is born with cleft lip and palate, a birth defect affecting the upper lip and roof of the mouth that prevents the ability to feed properly. Many of these children are abandoned, residing in child welfare facilities and are at high risk for malnutrition. Infants with this condition depend on special feeding practices and dedicated caregivers for their survival.
To support the nutritional wellbeing of these children, the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation collaborated with non-profit organizations Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the Love Without Boundaries Foundation, in addition to Chinese government officials, to distribute 8,000 specially designed cleft palate bottles to more than 1,000 child welfare facilities in China. The program also includes training materials to educate caregivers on successful feeding practices that give these children access to nutrients for healthy development and the best start in life.
For more information on challenges associated with cleft lip and palate, please visit the Meeting Special Needs page.