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The following excerpts are from email discussion via "Cleft-Talk". Some moms talk about the Haberman Feeder:


How does it work?

We use the Haberman Feeder. Hope I can explain how it works, here goes. What makes the Haberman so different from most bottles is in reality the nipple or what the company refers to as the teat. The teat acts like a separate squeeze bottle that is attached to the actual bottle that holds your formula or breast milk, which ever you use. The teat is extra large to allow you to squeeze it gently to help your child drink. Now, I say drink or swallow because in actuality my son can not suck what so ever. So he basically drinks the milk after I squeeze it into his mouth.

The teat is designed so that after you fill the bottle with milk, screw on the nipple or teat, you then squeeze all the air out of the teat, turn the bottle upside down and the milk gets sucked into the teat. This design is great because it does not allow as much air as a large squeeze bottle would. There is a disk with holes that separates the bottle from 
the teat. This disk has a very flexible piece of rubber that works like a door so only when you squeeze the teat does the flap of rubber move away from the disk allowing milk to flow through. Very similar to what is found on breast pumps. If you happen to have a breast pump, whether it is manual or electric it will have this similar design.

One note, if you do get the Haberman it is very expensive, only buy the teat and the accessories that go along with the teat. You can use the teat with any bottle so there is no need to buy the bottom part in my opinion. But be warned the teat, the disk, the rubber flap, and the ring that attach everything to your bottle all cost separate. We found that out the hard way and only bought the teat thinking everything else would come with it.  When we got the box we found only 3 silicone teats and nothing else. Mind you we paid $9.35 for each teat. Just to give you an idea of price. But it's definitely worth it.


Another Mom's response:

You can buy one complete bottle first and try it out then just buy the parts. The speech department had them in the hospital we went to.

You can call Medela direct and get more info. There is an 800 phone number in article number 544 (How to Order a Haberman Feeder)


Another Mom's response: (About Covering the Haberman Feeder)

I have found a way to cap the Haberman to travel with (they do not come with caps to cover the nipple like a regular bottle nipple does). If you invert the nipple into the bottle and put the disc as assembled with the valve in backwards and then screw on the collar. I then took the cap that came with my breast pump kit and it snaps over the whole top of the bottle (it is a tight fit so you have to press hard.) This bottle has been a God send to us.


Another Mom's response: (About it leaking)

Has anyone noticed they leak?  Especially when you use them with other store bought bottles. They were designed to be used with the Medela bottle (and they'll even leak with those) and the manual even tells you that.

We discovered how to eliminate or minimize the leaking. If you notice there is a grove in the disc. This is where the leaking milk comes from. A simple way to fix this is to line that groove in the disc up with the flow line you use and the tab on the collar. This will keep the grove always on the top so milk doesn't drip out of it. I loved these bottles and hated them until I learned to put them together right. Also, not all store bought bottles will work with them. With some the teat will pop right off. What a wonderful thing to happen when you are trying desperately to feed a starving baby that has a hard enough time to eat. The Haberman shouldn't be boiled like you would your other bottles. Exposing them to hot water can ruin them and cause them to leak. Even warm milk can do damage. When I called Medela about this they said only serve room temperature milk in the Haberman.


Another Mom's response: (About references for the Haberman)

I have a copy of the original article written by Mandy Haberman published

Mandy Haberman. "A Mother of Invention". Nursing Times, January 13: Vol 84, No2, 1988

It is very easy to understand and has a good diagram of the feeders and explanation of their mode of operation. Copies can be found in any library that holds Nursing Journals, so I would suggest a University that has a Faculty of Nursing. You can access it yourself or ask the librarian for help.

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