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Nipple Sizes Cleft Nipple Bottle with Nipples Respironics Pigeon Food Feeder Bottle

(Respironics Pigeon Specialty Feeding Products)-Discontinued

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Respironics Pigeon Specialty Feeding Products are designed for babies with special feeding needs. Cleft Palate Nipple is designed to feed cleft palate infants and infants with poor sucking strength. The Y-cut nipple has a thick and a thin sidewall with a one-way valve that prevents excessive air intake and allows milk to flow only when sucked by the baby. Food Feeder Bottle is squeezable with an attached spoon to assist with weaning or to use with babies who have difficulty feeding. Specialty Feeding Products are latex free and non sterile.

Specialty Feeding Product Features

Food Feeder Bottle:

  • A plastic spoon supporting a tapering hole from the handle to the base of the spoon, this enables food to travel from the bottle to the spoon in small amounts
  • A bottle from which thickened foods can be fed to babies by slightly squeezing the bottle

Cleft Palate Bottle:

  • Y-shaped opening so baby can get milk with weak, or noneffective, suck
  • Larger nipple head fits the mouth of the baby more easily so that the baby can suck with less effort
  • One side of the nipple is softer (top of the Y) so milk flows with less effort
  • Air vent supports the valve that keeps the fluid in the nipple equalized, in turn supporting a zero flow rate
  • One-way flow valve, keeps milk inside the nipple from flowing back into the bottle during feeding
  • Milk can be given evenly to babies by slightly squeezing the bottle
  • Cleft palate nipple fits any standard baby bottle, but leaking or nipple collapse may occur, depending on the fit of the air valve
  • Note: Replace the nipple every 2 months when the nipple loses its elasticity

More On Specialty Feeding Products

Oral Feeding:

  • Keeping the air vent up, let the baby suck (or bite) on the nipple
  • If the baby is not good at sucking, the bottle can be squeezed slightly as the baby sucks

Inserting the One-Way Valve:

  • Wash your hands well with soap and water before putting the valve and nipple together
  • Put the nipple and the nipple ring together
  • Put the valve (the flat side toward the tip of the nipple) into the nipple
  • If the valve is difficult to insert into the nipple, you may wet it with water

Cleaning the Bottle and Nipples:

  • Wash the nipple thoroughly
  • Immediately after feeding, soak the nipple in warm water and wash with a nipple brush and soap
  • Flip the tip of the nipple inside-out by using the end of a bottle brush
  • Wash the opening of the nipple by rolling it between your fingertips
  • You should use a bottle brush to wash the bottle
  • Keep the bottle clean at all times
  • Using a sponge brush will protect the bottle from scratches
  • Clean with an appropriate cleanser


  • Boil the nipple, bottle, nipple ring and flow valve for 3 to 5 minutes after they have been washed
  • Ensure all parts are completely submerged in the water
  • Nipples can be autoclaved


  • Thoroughly wash and sterilize the nipple and bottle after each use
  • Heat and direct sunlight may alter the quality of the product
  • Using a hard brush may scratch the product

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