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!
18 Feb 2015
Today’s dads are very hands-on. They share the load, change nappies, pace the boards at 3 a.m. and want to be fully engaged with their newborn. But, when it comes to feeding, this remains firmly the mother’s domain.
Breastfeeding is undoubtedly best for baby and in the UK all new mums are encouraged to give it a go. When mum is breastfeeding, dad will find himself side lined.
Expectant couples typically plan to breastfeed and many want their partners to help out and share the experience. In principle, a mother can express her milk and put it into a bottle. However, this can be problematic. Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are two very different activities. Many breastfed babies simply refuse to take a bottle. Those that accept a conventional vented bottle, find it so much easier to feed from that they quickly become lazy and reject the breast. This is frustrating for women who have worked so hard to establish breastfeeding in the first place!