SpecialNeeds® Feeder

Product Overview

Instruction Manual (pdf)

The SpecialNeeds Feeder is designed for babies with facial or oral problems that hamper their ability to maintain adequate suction for feeding. The specially designed valve and silicone feeder adjust milk flow to suit baby’s needs.



  • Variable flow rate controlled by feeder and baby
  • You and baby are in control of the flow of milk, leading to a more natural feeding experience.
  • Sensitive to baby’s feeding efforts
  • This innovative design rewards the weakest suck.
  • One-way valve
  • Prevents flooding so baby is never overwhelmed with too much milk.
  • Sterile packaging
  • Baby and breastmilk are safe with sterile packaging.
  • BPA/DEHP free
  • All parts that come into contact with breastmilk are BPA/DEHP Free.
  • Version with 80 mL container includes Mini SpecialNeeds teat.
  • Smaller teat for smaller or premature babies.

What’s Included

  • 80 mL OR 150 mL Collection Container
  • Disc
  • Teat
  • Membrane
  • Collar
  • Instructions
Instruction Manual (pdf)


  • Unit Weight: 0.2 lbs
  • Unit Size/Packaging
    With 80 mL container: 11 X 9 X 2
    With 150 mL container: 11-1/4 X 9 X 2
  • For hygienic reasons cannot be returned to store once opened.



Extra Teat for SpecialNeeds® Feeder

Extra Teat for SpecialNeeds® Feeder
Suggested retail price

Membrane Center Mount

Membrane Center Mount
Suggested retail price

Specialty Feeding Device Disk

Specialty Feeding Device Disk
Suggested retail price


SpecialNeeds® Feeder with 80mL Collection Container (Sterile) | Medela 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 0 reviews.
Abigail LaNore-Gagnon More than 1 year ago
This worked fantastic for my daughter with her acid reflux when she was an infant. It helped to control the flow so it filled her in little bits instead of downing the bottle. When she downed a bottle, she vomited it back up. Did not have that issue with this. This was great for when others feed her and not me with actually breastfeeding.
Gayle Dave Nugent More than 1 year ago
We have a son born with cleft palate. At first we were feeding him with our pinky and a syringe...tedious and difficult. These bottles made it much easier. As he has grown (he is now 7 months), he has learned to feed himself. The only downsides are that they are a bit pricey (check and see if you can get them from your doctor or get them covered by your health insurance plan) and our little one has started to really chomp the nipples, causing them to split (this makes it so the flow of milk cannot be controlled and sprays out like a firehose!). Overall, extremely helpful!
Mariam Elshakra More than 1 year ago
My baby was born with a relatively big cleft lip and palate. I tried different feeding modalities used in such conditions and nothing really worked like this one. My baby even learnt to use the bottle himself ! I currently work as a breastfeeding peer counselor and I highly recommend it for any baby born with such special needs.
Elizabeth Durham Keith More than 1 year ago
My baby daughter was born this year with a cleft lip and palate. This bottle is amazing. When born she had to be fed through a NG tube and wouldnt suck suck at all when first given this bottle in the NICU. As a few weeks went by, all of a sudden she started slowed sucking on the teat and ass a few days went by, they removed the NG tube and she was increasing in sucking time and would take more and more on it. We bought her home and today takes 5 ozs with no problem. This bottle is super wonderful when eating and feeding your baby is so important and you want it to be the best part. I love sitting and holding her with a bottle. I thought she would be on the NG tude longer and was going to come home on one. So...thank you for the sure helps us. My baby will have to go through several surgeries for her cleft and palate. My husband was born with a cleft and palate so thats why she was born the same. Again, anyone needing a special bottle and nipple....this bottle is super and the best!!
Rebecca Kane More than 1 year ago
My baby was born with a cleft lip (not palate) and this bottle has been a lifesaver for us. It is the only bottle he can easily get milk from and when he tries to over eat and doesnt swallow at the pace he is taking in milk, we can control the amount of milk he gets. I was reluctant to try the bottle because I didnt think it would help, I wish I would have started it from the beginning. Thank you for this bottle!!!!
Carolyn Leake More than 1 year ago
My son was diagnosed with faliure to thirve and the cause was beause he was unable and unsafe to use a regular bottle. He bites instead of sucking and does not have the suck/swallow/breath coordination. This means he was expending more energy to suck than he was getting in calories and that he could easily choke with a bottle that drips. The specialneeds feeder allowed him to safely eat without spending as much energy. It took him an hour and sometimes longer to eat 3 ounces before and he is now able to do it in 10-15 minutes! This bottle literally saved my baby boy's life!!!!!
Libbi Ayers More than 1 year ago
My son refused to latch at birth. He lost too much weight and had jaundice so the doctors had me give him 1 oz formula with the colostrum I pumped. I was terrified of nipple confusion on top of everything else!! We finger/syringe fed for the first week then used this bottle to supplement formula/milk when mine came in (until we discovered the wonderful Nipple Shields!!). I love the 3 flow rates in one bottle. We could make it harder to build his muscles, and make it easier when he got frustrated. It ended up being almost the only nipple he would take. We have now been nursing for 16 months and counting due to this and other Medela products!