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Availability date: 01/1/1995
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In cases of severe feeding problems (including oral or facial problems such as cleft lip or palate), the Medela SpecialNeeds Feeder (formerly Haberman) offers an alternative to spoons, enlarged or extra holes in bottle nipples, and nasogastric tubes. It is so effective and easy to use that it can change feeding sessions from difficult or traumatic experiences into a pleasurable activity for health care professionals, parents and babies.
Special design features make the SpecialNeeds Feeder uniquely responsive to the baby's nursing efforts. The slit-valve in the teat regulates milk flow from zero to maximum, depending on its orientation in the baby's mouth. As milk is drawn out of the teat by even the slightest action of the baby's tongue and gums, air enters the bottle at the same rate through an inlet groove in the disc. Consequently, there is no turbulence. Milk flows in only one direction – from bottle to teat. The reservoir always remains full, and none of the baby's effort is wasted.
Warning: The SpecialNeeds Feeders are unsuitable for babies with a poor swallow reflex. Do not use the Feeders without the valve.
Medela recommends replacing SpecialNeeds teat and membrane every five weeks or any time you notice signs of wear (tearing of the teat or membrane, if the teat slit has grow to over 4mm, or if the valve membrane no longer sits flat on the disc). Bosom Buddies carries replacement parts.