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Note: This issue is specific for the Haberman feeder.

Question:

Jordan was born with a cleft soft palate. He has been having a lot of trouble with reflux, and the doctor suggested that we start adding a little rice cereal to the breastmilk to see if that will help keep it down. We have been using a Haberman feeder, but finds that the cereal clogs the nipple. Does someone have a good suggestion on solving that problem? Would a different type of bottle be more effective?

Responses:

I add cereal to Rebekah's milk with the Haberman. Try pureeing (dry) cereal in a blender or food processor. It will make the cereal more fine and will not clog the nipple so much.

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I also use the Haberman feeder for my son James. When I decided to start adding rice cereal to his formula, I had the same problem. I just removed the membrane (the little white rubbery thing that separates the nipple and the bottle) and it flowed much better. The only problem is that if you need to aid the child by squeezing the nipple, it will not work this way. Hope that helps some. Good luck to you.

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Just a quick note on this cereal thing - we used cereal in Zac's bottles...A LOT OF CEREAL and I found that Gerber baby cereal dissolved the best. Warming the milk first and then adding the cereal also helped.

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Colby doesn't have a cleft palate, but I can relate somewhat to feeding difficulties. At the moment we are experimenting with several types of bottles. I have been adding cereal to Colby's formula for about 3 wks. It's hard when that formula gets stuck in the nipple hole so here what has worked for us.

Evenflo Silicone nipple with hole enlarged (I had to make the hole quite a bit larger by using a razor blade) and evenflo pastel bottles, they are somewhat easy to squeeze if needed.

I haven't tried it, but it might work if you use a Mead Johnson bottle with the haberman nipple (w/out the disk) and thin the cereal a bit. I have found that with Colby's weak sucking, that silicone nipples are softer and easier for him to work with.

Good Luck and hope you find something that works :)


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