"Our daughter was born with a mild cleft lip. It was a complete shock to us and we were unsure and unaware of what it all meant in terms of feeding. Luckily our community hospital started her immediately on your brilliant feeder. After a few days she was a pro and so were we. Her cleft lip is not an issue at all thanks to you.
The time you took to invent the Haberman feeder and the effort to make hospitals aware of it -- is priceless. We cannot thank you enough."
Tracey, Toronto, Canada
"I want to thank you for your amazing Feeder system (Medela special needs feeder) I have a baby with Down syndrome, who had huge difficulty latching on breast feeding and leaked more than he could swallow. Our Child Health Clinic sister showed me information on your teat and bottle system, so when attending a Speech therapy appointment I mentioned it, and the therapist had a bottle and teat in her collection, she had never used one before but because of my researching online I was able to show her how it worked and trial on my son Jacob. I went from 1 1/2 hour feeding time to 30 mins and not spilling any milk. I'm currently about to purchase your Haberman feeder and return the borrowed one to the hospital, our son has put on 120g this week, a first for our boy who had been so ill and not feeding effectively. Thank you again! Cheers."
"Our daughter was born with Pierre Robin and Stickler Syndrome. She has a cleft palate that affects the hard and soft palate, but not the lip. When she was nine days old she took a marked dislike to the bottle. A bout of thrush in the mouth, didn't help. She seemed scared of the bottle, of the milk spurting into her mouth and hitting the back of her throat. Every feed ended in tears for both of us."
"A representative from the distributing company came to the hospital demonstrating various things including the new Haberman Feeder. The sister in charge begged to borrow it and try feeding Belinda. From the first time it was like feeding a different baby. It was slow going. We brought her home at seven weeks by which time she was drinking 100ml an hour. The design of the bottle is perfect. My husband and I are both totally blind. With the lines on the teat and the markings on the bottle being raised, we can measure the milk and operate the bottle without any assistance. The bottle is a God send. Belinda was one of the first babies to use this bottle in Australia. We were so lucky it arrived when it did and we cannot thank you enough for inventing it. It just goes to prove that mothers really do know best!"
Heather Gleeson, NSW, Australia.
"My little boy James was born severely asphyxiated and they never expected him to feed orally. The Haberman Feeder is marvellous for him and I only wish people were made aware of this wonderful invention. It will certainly recommend it to any of my friends whose children suffer with feeding difficulties or colic."
Mrs. G. Griffin, UK
"These bottles are fantastic. I'm using one now on a Down's Syndrome baby with major heart problems awaiting urgent surgery. Many thanks."
Mollie Lloyd, UK
"Our daughter Kimberley was born with a respiratory problem known as Pierre Robin syndrome. Despite gloomy predictions, Kimberley has gone from strength to strength and your feeders have assisted the development of the muscles surrounding her jaw… Please accept our heartfelt thanks…."
Margaret and Ray Hutt, Australia
"Sophie, who is six months old and now weighs 6lb 2oz, has a condition called Patau syndrome and is not expected to live for much longer, so all we can do is love her and make life as easy and as comfortable as we can for her. We have been using the feeder for just over one week and she has put on 6oz… To us, Sophie's Haberman Feeder is priceless."
Sue & Sophie Havill and family
"Our son was born seven weeks premature and suffered from a cleft lip and palate. Therefore, he was unable to breast feed and conventional teats were not suitable. We tried your valved teat at two weeks and he started feeding much better…He is not growing fast. Many thanks for your great idea.
It is certainly making quite a difference to our lives and has helped to make feeding the enjoyable time it should be."
Caroline & Jamie Wilson and baby William, UK
"As a consultant orthodontist working in a cleft lip and palate unit I see approximately 60 cleft babies a year…the majority of babies with clefts of the secondary palate have problems with feeding. The introduction of the Haberman Feeder has changed our treatment management dramatically. All cleft palate babies are introduced to the Haberman Feeder at birth.
The need for feeding plates has been reduced to almost nil and babies are being discharged far earlier than was previously the case. I am most enthusiastic about the Haberman Feeder and appreciate these comments are subjective. However, I have had considerable experience in managing neo nates with congenital deformity and regard the Haberman Feeder as an essential part of my clinical armamentarium."
Allan R. Thom B.D.S., (Lond).F.D.S., L.D.S., M'Orth., D'Orth., R.C.S., Eng.
Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK; Tunbridge Wells Independent Hospital, UK; Guy's Hospital, London Bridge, UK
"We have used the Haberman Feeder with approximately 20 infants. 14 of the 20 infants were successful in bottling with the Haberman Feeder*. 12 of those 14 were able to advance to more traditional nipples prior to discharge from the newborn or paediatric intensive care unites and two infants were discharged home.
Overall, the Haberman Feeder has been very helpful in meeting the special needs of infants with diversity of etiologies for their feeding dysfunction. It has been a useful therapeutic tool in assisting most infants to improve sufficiently that they were able to bottle with more traditional nipples or breast feed."
Kris Morse RPT MS, St. Mary's Medical Centre, USA
"You have no idea how much easier my job has been since discovering your Haberman bottle. Here in Gloucestershire many babies with feeding problems have benefited from your bottle and at a recent meeting with the plastic surgeon and consultant orthodontist I requested that all maternity units throughout the county should have a supply of your bottles in readiness for cleft palate babies or others with feeding difficulties. They agreed so I hope that regular orders will come your way."
Joan Davis, Senior Speech Therapist, Cleft Palate Team, Cheltenham & District Health Authority, UK.
"I am writing to say how impressive your feeder is. I recently attended a lecture given on cleft lip and palate where the Haberman Feeder was praised for its simplicity and effectiveness. I managed to borrow one from the local paediatric unit for a baby on my caseload who at seven weeks had failed to adopt an effective suck when feeding. The baby is now feeding well using the Haberman, is no longer troubled by colic and mum is able to get her much needed sleep."
P.G. Breeze, Health Visitor
"Three infants were initially fed with conventional teats while the remaining three used the Haberman Feeder from birth. It was found that the infants fed faster and more easily with the feeder. There was less aerography and consequently less vomiting. The weight gain was satisfactory throughout. The parents had no complaints while using the feeder and in those where a conventional teat was used first, the Haberman feeder was preferred.
We believe that the Haberman Feeder is a significant advance in the feeding of infants with cleft palates and should be the preferred feeder rather than conventional means."
Neonatal Nurses Association Newsletter
"Has anyone else tried Mandy Haberman's new feeder? You haven't? Perhaps you should - it has certainly changed our care of problem feeders at Kingston. It has been designed specifically to help reduce air swallowing and by use of a non-return valve responds to even the weakest sucking efforts. For babies who are unable to suck, or need a little help, it enables Mum to safely assist them. We have used this teat successfully for a number of babies.
Neonatal Nurses Association Newsletter
New design aids special needs babies
'Tom and Lynn Fasnacht's baby Zachary entered the world on February 14, 1992. Lynn was unable to hold her newborn in those first few moments of life because he was having breathing difficulties. His tongue seemed to be in the way. He had Pierre Robin Syndrome - a congenital abnormality in which the newborn has an unusually small lower jaw, posterior cleft palate and set back tongue. Lynn began feeding her son with the Haberman Feeder. His sucking increased right away. Zachary went home with his parents on February 20. He began feeding every two to three hours and did very well. 'It's a wonderful invention. It has made feeding time more pleasant for parents and babies,' said Kautz. 'Up to this point, we had to use what was available or make something up for each particular baby.'
Sunday News USA
When Baby Means Business
Children can be an inspiration to make millions. A business venture was the last thing in Mandy Haberman's mind when she had her daughter. Haberman, a graphic designer, had one-year old twins when newborn Emily was diagnosed as having Stickler's syndrome, a condition which causes feeding difficulties. 'We couldn't get anything down her and she lost so much weight.' Haberman says.
The Times, UK