Specialty Feeding System

SFS Bottle

The Dr. Brown’s Specialty Feeding System® is a unique bottle/nipple/valve system designed specifically to assist in the management and treatment of complicated oral feeding issues. This bottle system will be beneficial for infants and bottle-fed children identified with the following conditions – cleft lip/palate, oro-neuromotor dysfunctions, congenital heart disease, common or rare syndromic sequences and/or craniofacial anomalies.

NEW Dr. Brown’s® Specialty Feeding System

Dr. Brown’s® Specialty Feeding System was designed in collaboration with medical professionals seeking an oral feeding solution for infants identified with complex feeding challenges such as those often observed in infants with cleft lip and palate, ankyloglossia, high-arched palate, oro-neuromotor dysfunction, common or rare syndromic sequences and/or craniofacial anomalies.                                       

The Dr. Brown’s® Specialty Feeding System is an oral feeding solution that allows an infant to express a bolus with lingual movements during sucking attempts without requiring a manual bolus expression from a parent/caregiver. The Dr. Brown’s® Infant Paced Feeding Valve is inserted into any level Dr. Brown’s® standard silicone nipple to create a “compression” nipple and when used in combination with the Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® bottle system, assists the infant in self-regulation during oral feedings.

Important – Consult your health care provider before using the Dr. Brown’s® Specialty Feeding System to confirm this bottle system is recommended for your child’s feeding challenge. 

Benefits of the Dr. Brown's® Specialty Feeding System:

  • Consistent and reliable nipple flow rate
  • More typical placement of the bolus vs. being manually expressed into the oropharynx
  • Requires minimal assembly which provides confidence and competency with parents/caregivers
  • Available in retail and provided by hospitals/clinicians
  • Helps decrease gassiness/air intake and burping with non-squeeze method
  • Exhibits the essential qualities of Dr. Brown's Natural Flow® bottle by assisting with digestion and preserving vitamins A, C, and E
  • Exhibits a typical feeding bottle design
  • Easy to clean – dishwasher, sterilize, autoclave, safe
  • Fully reusable system
  • BPA free

In 2015, the Dr. Brown's® Specialty Feeding System was released after extensive product testing. Since its official release, parents and medical professionals have reported that the Dr. Brown's® Specialty Feeding System provides infants with a feeding solution that supports functional feeding skill development along with growth and nutrition. It has also been reported this unique feeding system is the most cost effective, accessible tool parents can use with confidence and ease to feed their infant. 



1. Avoid formula bubbles: Do not shake the bottle. Formula should be stirred gently to fully dissolve lumps - they can clog nipple holes.

2. Fill to the desired amount. The vent will not work properly if you fill the bottle above the FILL LINE WARNING.

3. Insert the plastic valve into the nipple.

4. Make sure the valve is fully secured, flush with the nipple.

5. Insert the nipple into the nipple collar.

6. Make sure the nipple is fully seated.

7. Snap the reservoir fully onto the insert.

8a. Place the reservoir into the bottle.

8b. Make sure the insert makes full contact with the top of the bottle.

9. Place the nipple collar loosely on the bottle.

10. When warming the bottle always remove all bottle components before warming to prevent the vent from leaking fluid if gas forms during warming.

11. Do not warm the liquid beyond body temperature of 98.6°F (37°C). Always test temperature of liquid before feeding baby.

12. Be sure to tighten the collar snugly before feeding, but do not over-tighten.

13. When you use formula, make it up strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

TIPS: If the Specialty Feeding System is leaking: 1) the collar may be either too tight or too loose; or 2) the insert and reservoir may not be properly assembled. It is not recommended to mix formula in the bottle as the shaking may cause the internal vent system to separate and the bottle to leak. Use only Dr. Brown’s nipples specifically for the Specialty Feeding System – nipples included with bottles or replacement nipple pack.



  • The Dr. Brown’s Specialty Feeding System is manufactured as a READY-TO-USE bottle system. After initial use, see cleaning instructions detailed below.
  • The fully assembled system is composed of either a 4 oz/120 ml or 8 oz /240 ml bottle system with the internal vent system including the insert and reservoir; a Dr. Brown’s standard silicone Level 1 nipple and the unidirectional Infant-Paced Feeding Valve.
  • All levels of Dr. Brown’s standard neck nipples (Ultra-Preemie, P, Level 1-4 and Y-Cut) can be used with this bottle system. The selection of nipple flow rate is dependent on the individual infants feeding skill ability to safely tolerate the flow of the nipple selection. For example, some full-term infants most likely will tolerate the Level 1 nipple flow rate when used with the Specialty Feeding System and can graduate to higher nipple levels (faster flow rates) during stages of improved feeding skill development. Alternatively, some infants may require the use of slow flow nipples to manage and control the fluid bolus. Infants will graduate to the faster nipple levels depending on their cues for needing a faster flow.
  • The full bottle system, nipples and Infant-Paced Feeding Valve are all BPA and latex free.

Wash all parts prior to use. The cleaning of the two (2) additional vent assembly parts will require an extra moment. This is time well spent to help avoid spit-ups and other discomforts to your baby.

  1. Always use clean hands and surfaces.
  2. Fully disassemble all parts.
  3. Silicone nipple – first use only: boil the nipple in water for five (5) minutes.
  4. Wash all parts thoroughly in hot water and detergent. Use enclosed brush on all holes in the insert and reservoir.
  5. Rinse parts thoroughly, making sure that the nipple hole is clean and clear.
  6. If you use a dishwasher, keep all parts in the top rack only.

You can sterilize bottle-feeding equipment by boiling, soaking in chemical solution or using an electric or microwave sterilizer. Please keep the following in mind:

Use chemical solutions or sterilizers strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. We advise you to use the Dr. Brown’s™ Microwave Sterilizer.

Steam can cause severe skin burns, so be careful when boiling equipment on the stove or using sterilizing equipment.

Keep all components not in use out of reach of children.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling sterilized bottles, nipples and accessories.

Avoid unnecessary handling of sterilized equipment.