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Special Needs Feeder Regular price: $36.70Sale price: $29.36
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The Medela Special Needs Feeder is a specialized feeder designed for babies with cleft palate and other special feeding problems. It can also be helpful with colic. This type of feeder rewards babies who have even the weakest feeding effort. The one-way valve prevents flooding and overwhelming the baby.

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There are three types of Special Needs Feeder from which to choose. The regular Special Needs Feeder is available with your choice of two sizes of collection container: 80 ml and 150 ml. We also offer the Mini Special Needs feeder which has a shorter teat and is designed for smaller or premature infants with special feeding problems. The Mini Special Needs Feeder includes an 80 ml collection bottle. Please select the appropriate choice from the "pull-down" menu next to the "order" button. All versions of the Special Needs Feeder contain: collection container; teat; collar; disc; white membrane; and instructions.
Aditional information: Special design features make the Special Needs 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 - into the reservoir behind the teat. The reservoir always remains full, and none of the baby's effort is wasted. If the baby cannot nurse at all, or needs a little help, the caregiver can sqeeze and release a limited amount of milk (about 1/4 teaspoon) from the reservoir into the baby's mouth.
The Special Needs Feeder never floods. Enlarging the hole of an ordinary nipple does not solve your feeding problems. Your baby cannot stop the flow of feed in order to relax and breathe. Panic and choking soon result. The Special Needs Feeder has a slit-valve in the mouthpiece which opens only when your baby sucks. Your baby has complete control and is never overwhelmed. It also has the advantage of variable flow. Graduation from a large opening, down to a shut position, can be achieved to suit the individual needs of your baby. Whichever opening you select, it will always shut between sucks.
The Special Needs Feeder may reduce gas, vomiting, and colic. Many babies swallow air while using some ordinary feeders. This is because a vaccum builds up inside the system and the baby must release his lips from the teat to allow air back in. Consequently, air is swallowed with the next mouthful of feed causing gas, vomiting and colic.
The Special Needs Feeder may reduce air-swallowing. It has a special air inlet groove which allows air in at the same rate as feed is released from the system. There is no vacuum to work against your baby's sucking efforts and air-swallowing is avoided.

All Medela bottles are BPA Free for your baby's health!

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White Membrane for Special Needs Feeder

Yellow Disc for Special Needs Feeders

Special Needs Feeder Collar

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