Consists of a standard bottle with a soft variable-flow teat and a pump action valve, requiring no active suction for operation. Milk flows from the bottle into the teat via a valve and cannot flow back into the bottle. The flow of milk is controlled by rotating the nipple in the infant’s mouth. The flow level can be set at zero, moderate or maximum to control the milk flow. You can also assist the milk flow by squeezing the bottle if necessary. The teat and valve unit need replacing at intervals of approximately 6 weeks and can be used with standard bottles. The big disadvantage of the Haberman feeder is cost. The Haberman feeder is not recommended for babies with swallowing difficulties.
Supplier: Medicare Health & Living Ltd., Glencormack Business Park, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow
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Mead Johnson Cleft Palate Nurser
A very soft bottle which can be squeezed to help the flow of milk and any standard teat can be fitted. This bottle reduces the amount of effort required of your baby and also reduces the amount of air your baby may swallow. This bottle can be reused and sterilized, though it is best to avoid sterilizing in hot water. It is an inexpensive option compared to the Haberman feeder.
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland supply the Mead Johnson to the cleft treatment centres, to be made available free to parents, and also supplies them directly to parents where necessary. Enquiries: CLAPAI 087 1319803
A large plastic syringe with a tube. Requires placing the tube towards the back of your baby’s mouth and expressing the milk into his/her throat.