Cleft palate

My baby will be born with a cleft palate and my doctor said I wont be able to breastfeed, that I will have to either pump or use formula. Is it true that you can't breast feed babies with cleft palate? I don't think there's anything wrong with bottles but I really wanted to breastfeed and I've been so devastated about it that I'm seeing a therapist. Doctor said my baby will have surgery at 18 months.