This Special Needs Feeder is designed for babies who are unable to create a vacuum due to certain syndromes and neurological disorders, or because they were born with a cleft lip or palate. The Special Needs Feeder can be used with teats of two different sizes.
Instead of a standard teat, the Medela Special Needs Feeder has a longer, slimmer teat made of ultra-soft silicone. There’s a slit valve at the tip that opens when your baby makes the slightest compression to feed and closes when he pauses, so he isn’t overwhelmed by your expressed milk.
The line-mark on the teat helps you find the best position for feeding your baby. When your baby compresses the teat, the milk will flow at different rates depending on the teat’s position. You can also gently squeeze the teat to help your baby get more milk. A one-way valve between the feeder’s bottle and teat allows you to safely control the flow and stops air getting in.
For the smallest mouths, a Mini Special Needs Feeder teat is available. Both the standard and mini versions are reusable if cleaned and sanitized according to instructions.