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Sweet Smiles: Cleft Bottles and Formula

At LWB, we are passionate about helping children born with cleft palate. We have sent many international medical teams to provide life-changing surgeries to cleft-affected children over the years. We are excited to announce that our next cleft trip will be held in Guatemala later this year. 

new baby with cleft lip

We look forward to the opportunity to bring healing to many Guatemalan infants and children who are waiting for their chance at surgery. However, in order to ensure that as many babies as possible receive medical care, we must first meet their most pressing needs: good nutrition and healthy weight gain. 

Many babies born with cleft have difficulty nursing or taking a bottle. In these cases, they require a specialized cleft bottle and supplemental formula in order to gain enough weight to receive surgery. The bottles are not available in Guatemala and we must import them. Additionally, specialized formula is sometimes needed and not available locally.

This week, we are asking for your help in getting bottles and supplemental nutrition to the infants and young children awaiting surgery who are at risk of failure to thrive or, sadly, even death. Will you help us meet this critical need by providing a case of 6 bottles to a child’s family for $20 or by providing cleft bottles and formula with a donation of $100? We will greatly appreciate your gift in any amount to help provide the necessary care and support to these vulnerable babies who are at risk of missing their chance to survive and thrive by receiving healing surgical care.

We are forever grateful to you, our LWB community, that stands with us and meets the needs of so many precious children. Thank you for making it all possible!

baby drinking cleft bottle