Cleft Lip Palate Feeding Bottles and Teats

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 Pigeon cleft palate teats and squeeze bottles:

  • The teats are Y- cut and have an air valve. This valve keeps the milk inside the teat preventing it from flowing back into the bottle and also reduces the amount of air the baby swallows during sucking. This cleft palate bottle comes with 2 teats and 2 valves.

The Pigeon set may be purchased from:

  • The Cleft Pals Equipment Coordinator on (02) 4358 8394

  • Kids Plus Pharmacy which is located  in the foyer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on (02)9689 2999

  • HavenHall Pty Ltd on (02) 9316 9810Please refer to “Using the Pigeon Cleft Palate Teat” fact sheet for information on how to assemble and use this product

Chu Chu Easy Feed Teat:

  • This teat is made of clear silicon. The flat part of the teat acts as a palate. The infant only needs to apply slight tongue pressure to the teat causing the cross cut to open and milk to flow out.

  • This teat can be used with the Mam or Pigeon squeeze bottle.

The Chu Chu teat may be purchased from

  • The Cleft Pals Equipment Coordinator on (02) 4358 8394

  • “ Kids Plus “ Pharmacy which is located in the foyer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead  on (02)9689 2999

Medela Special Needs Feeder: (previously known as the Haberman feeder)

  • The Medela teat is long and narrow. It comes in 2 sizes, the mini and also a standard size.

  • The Medela feeder is useful to try with babies who are having feeding difficulties and have not fed successfully with the above teats.

  • The teat is squeezed rather than the bottle itself.  The flow of milk can be altered from slow, medium to fast according to the way the baby is feeding.

  • The teat and cap fit on standard bottles.

  • The teat and bottle are purchased as a set and are more expensive than other teats listed here.

The Medela Special Needs Feeder may be purchased from

  •  most  chemists who stock Medela products

  •  The CleftPALS equipment Coordinator on (02) 4358 8394

  • “ Kids Plus “ Pharmacy which is located in the foyer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on (02)9689 2999                     

  • See “Medela Special Needs Feeder” fact sheet for more information on how to assemble and use this product.

Other products to try:

Teats:

  • Orthodontic teats such as the Nuk may assist lip closure around the teat because of its broad base.

  • Fast flow cross cut teats could also be tried.

  • The above teats are available from chemists.

Bottles:

Mam bottle: This bottle is soft and easy to squeeze. The MAM bottle can be used with the Chu Chu Easy Feed teat as well as with the Pigeon teat and valveIf you are using the Pigeon teat and valve with the MAM bottle the Pigeon collar must be used as well. Please refer to the photo below.

           
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