The SpecialNeeds Feeder is designed for babies who are unable to create a vacuum due to certain physical and neurological impairments, or they may have a cleft lip or palate preventing proper latching and breastfeeding. The SpecialNeeds Feeder can be used with teats of two different sizes; the regular or Mini.
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Feeding babies with special needs
The SpecialNeeds Feeder is designed to allow the baby to use compression when they cannot create a vacuum to extract the liquid. The one-way valve prevents air from entering the teat. The caregiver can control the milk flow easily, thanks to the slit valve mechanism.
Benefits of the SpecialNeeds Feeder
The line mark on the teat helps the caregiver to find the right position (three different flows).
The slit valve makes the teat sensitive to any feeding effort and closes completely when the baby wants to pause. The one-way valve prevents air from entering the teat.
The SpecialNeeds Feeder comes in the standard size. If the baby’s oral cavity size requires the smaller Mini SpecialNeeds teat, the teat can simply be replaced.
The SpecialNeeds Feeder can be reused after it has been cleaned in accordance with the instructions for use.
- Supports oral feeding in babies
- Has a variable and controllable milk flow rate to suit the baby’s abilities and efforts
- Is sensitive even to very weak feeding effort
- Provides help when babies cannot create a vacuum
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