Some babies might need a little help, especially those who are facing some challenges. It can be babies’ who’s mothers need to go back to work, babies born with a cleft palate or neurological disorders, babies that are born prematurely or those that just have an initial struggle to breastfeed.
Breastmilk has all the right ingredients and has many protective properties. This, amongst other things, helps to strengthen the immunity of babies. This is of extra importance to babies who are ill and those facing some of the more serious challenges.
Medela has developed various special needs feeders to help these babies to receive breastmilk~ the best possible start in life.
For a mother looking for a solution to feed her child breastmilk, Calma is ideal. Calma was developed based on the results of our studies with the University of Western Australia. That’s why Calma is the unique teat for babies who are being breastfed with breastmilk, as it allows them to suck, swallow and breathe, as learned on the breast. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma, the baby has to create a vacuum for breastmilk to flow. As soon as the baby pauses, the flow is stopped, this is also the way with breastfeeding.
Similar as with breastfeeding, your baby can
- drink, pause and breathe in its natural rhythm,
- create its individual vacuum through a combination of tongue and jaw movements,
- retain its natural way of sucking, which supports an easy transition from breastfeeding to feeding breastmilk with Calma and back to the breast.
- Calma teat~ fits most normal size bottles like Nuk etc
- Calma teat with bottle~ the Calma teat with a Medela bottle
For short-term/alternative feeding method
- sleepy baby
- for weak or preterm babies
- Avoiding a bottle
- Avoiding nipple-convusion
Special Needs Feeder
Designed for babies with cleft lip and palate and babies with neurological disorders.
The Special Needs Feeder offers the following benefits for feeding your baby breastmilk
*Easy regulation of milk flow
- Has a one-way valve membrane between bottle and teat~ no air can enter the teat
- Has a slit-valve which enables you to regulate the flow of breastmilk
*Easy milk intake
- Even with the gentlest suckling, the baby can be fed breastmilk, satisfying his natural suckling needs even though his suckling is too weak for breastfeeding.
- By squeezing the teat you can support the flow of breastmilk, so that it’s easier for your baby to drink.
*Takes less time to feed
NOTE: there is also a Mini-Special Needs Teat available for premature babies.
Soft Cup Advanced Cup Feeder
For short-term feeding of weak or preterm babies
The Soft Cup is the easiest way to feed your baby breastmilk by using a cup. Its soft, spoon-shaped mouthpiece sits gently on your baby’s lower lip. This means that your Baby is spilling less breastmilk and you have more control over the amount your baby is taking.
The SoftCup comes with an 80ml container so you can also feed larger amounts. Not a drop of the important breastmilk is wasted using the SoftCup and you can save precious time.
Supplemental Nursing System (S-N-S system)
- weak or preterm babies
- suckling training
- stimulating breastmilk production
- feeding adopted babies with breastmilk
- long-term supplemental feeding
The Supplemental Nursing System enables women to breastfeed who would not otherwise be able to do so. The Supplemental Nursing System is hung around the neck and thin tubes are placed on top of the nipple. The baby cannot feel the tubes during feeding. Some babies with a weak or irregular suckling are not able to acquire enough nutrients through nursing. In these cases, the Supplemental Nursing System can help with supplemental feeding.