The Haberman feeder is a specialized feeder designed for babies with distinctive feeding needs and/or problems (particularly with sucking). It was invented by a mother whose baby was born with Stickler's Syndrome and first introduced to the United Kingdom in 1987. The Haberman Feeder provides an alternative to spoons, enlarged and/or extra holes in bottle nipples, and nasogastric tubes. It also more closely mimics breastfeeding and may also reduce gas, vomiting, and colic according to healthcare professionals. Special design features that differ greatly from conventional bottles make this feeder ideal for preemie babies, especially those who are also learning to breastfeed.
My own preemie twins were fed in the hospital with Haberman feeders along with me breastfeeding them. We continued with them at home for about the first couple of weeks as well. My twins did wonderfully and there was no confusion between breast and this special bottle. Once their suckling was strong enough, I was able to breastfeed full time.
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