The Haberman Feeder was designed for infants who have sucking difficulties due to various conditions including cleft palate. I invented it because my daughter, Emily, was born with a congenital abnormality that included a cleft palate and there was nothing available on the market to help.
My research included contact with the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Great Britain and a study of cineradiographs of suckling infants, so that I might better comprehend the mechanics of feeding. I especially noted the differences between bottle feeding (which is primarily sucking) and breastfeeding (primarily pumping).
Testing of the Haberman Feeder was performed over a 12 month period and demonstrated positive results in the majority of cases. The unique design enables the feeder to be activated by tongue and gum pressure, imitating the mechanics involved in breastfeeding, rather than by sucking.
A one-way valve separates the nipple from the bottle. Before starting the feeding, air is squeezed out of the nipple and is automatically replaced by breast milk or formula through the valve. Milk cannot flow back into the bottle and is replenished continuously as the baby feeds. A slit valve opening near the tip of the nipple shuts between jaw compressions, preventing the baby from being overwhelmed with milk. Stopping or reducing the flow of milk is controlled by rotation of the nipple in the baby's mouth. The nipple is marked with lines that indicate zero flow, moderate flow, and maximum flow. For infants who need assistance with their feeding efforts, mother-or whoever is feeding the baby-may apply a gentle pumping action to the body of the nipple.
Note: the Haberman Feeder is NOT recommended for children with SWALLOWING difficulties.