Throughout history, scholars, clerics, doctors and those in the know have all agreed that breast-feeding is best for baby. However, things don't always go to plan and sometimes we have to resort to alternatives. For example, our youngest daughter was born in 1980 with something called Stickler's Syndrome and she had terrible feeding problems. Having previously breast fed twins for nine months, I had fully intended to do the same for Emily, but it wasn't to be. Emily's condition included a small lower jaw, a short tongue and a cleft at the back of her palate. She was physically unable to suckle at the breast, or even to suck successfully from a bottle.
On the long road to finding a solution to help Emily and eventually to help other babies, I uncovered some weird and wonderful baby feeding devices that were used (thankfully!) in the past - from pierced cow’s horns, to banana shaped flasks and impossible-to-clean ceramic boats.
I met some amazing families, who coped with incredible challenges and it was a privilege to have been able to help them. As one mum put it when describing my invention, the Haberman Feeder, "it transformed feeding their baby from a pitch battle into a pleasure". Happily, it has since been responsible for bringing smiles to the faces of many thousands of parents around the world.
My blog takes a look at the history of baby feeding equipment and how many weird and wonderful inventions have influenced what we use today. I shall also be sharing with you some interesting, thought-provoking anecdotes and personal ideas.
Why not join me for journey through time and on my continued quest to create the ultimate “better bottle" for those of us who, for whatever reason, need to use a bottle to help feed our babies?
Don't forget to pitch in with your stories, thoughts and ideas - even if you just need a good shout about something or just feel like saying "hi". I can be contacted by clicking here or on Twitter. Enjoy!
4 Feb 2013
Judging by the dialogue between baby Stewie and Brian (the dog) in Family Guy, probably quite a lot. It usually takes us dumb parents at least a year to interpret our baby’s attempts to use our language and we think it is so sweet when those first recognisable words appear.
But perhaps we are underestimating our babies’ ability to communicate and they want to say much more than we can understand? Perhaps they quickly cotton-on to our inadequacies and therefore limit us to simple words, like Dada, Dog and (in the case of our youngest) ‘Bugga’ ? (Yes, we are convinced that was what she said. Clearly she was exasperated by our inability to understand her previous sentence, ‘Would one of you be so kind as to tune into the News Channel, I’m fed up with listening to these inane Teletubbies’.
So much in our adult world depends on successful communication and we are not very good at it. Misunderstandings occur even when we speak face to face. We misread body language, choose the wrong words and don't articulate what we really want to say. Personally, I think mis-communication is made worse through email, twitter and texting. Are we losing the art of proper conversation?