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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs are here to answer any questions you may have about Sepal-Infant products.  You will find information about the teat choices, care & usage, and more but if you can't find the answer you are looking for, please email us here and we will be happy to answer your questions.

What do the teat colours & letters mean?

Sepal teat flow rate are quickly identified by the collar colour – blue for Extra Slow, green for Slow, yellow for Medium, & orange for Fast.

The length of the teat is related to the age group, and is easily identified by the letter moulded into the front of the teat – XS for Extra Small (0-1mth), S for Small (0-5mth), M for Medium (4-9mth) & L for Large (8-12+mth).

There are so many Sepal teats, how do I choose?

For most infants one of the general-use teats will be the best choice for length & flow rate – recommended age ranges cover 0-5mths (green-S), 4-9mths (yellow-M) & 8-12+mths (orange-L).

For low birth weight or premmie bubs the 0-1mth (blue-XS) is recommended.

What if we’re using a thickened feed?

The viscosity of thickened feeds mean they typically flow slower than usual. You can compensate with a larger teat hole size, but keep the correct teat length, by choosing a 0-1mth (green-XS), 0-5mth (yellow-S) or 4-9mth (orange-M).

For premmies with extra thickened feeds there is also a 0-1mth (yellow-XS).

I think we need a slower flowing teat?

Some infants may initially require a slightly slower flow to assist with transitioning. Reduced flow teats are available for 0-5mth (blue-S), 4-9mth (green-M) & 8-12+mth (yellow-L).

Once they’re up to speed simply switch back to the same length general-use teat with a standard flow.

Need Help Choosing?

Sepal-Infant teats are available as General Use, Thickened Feed and Reduced Flow.  Choose from the links (downloadable PDFs) below to help choose which one is likely to best suit your circumstances;

Premmie

0-5mth

4-9mth

8-12+mth

Are Sepal teats single-use or reusable?

Yes … they are both! Hospitals use teats as single-use, supplied individually packaged and ready-to-use, but most parents choose to sterilise and re-use for home use. Sepal-Infant feeding teats will typically last 6-8 weeks with normal use, when using 6-8 teats per infant.

Unlike silicone teats, Sepal teats are 100% fully recyclable. Used Sepal teats collected from hospitals are reprocessed into other items such as flower pots. Infants will typically outgrow the teats before they wear out, given normal use, but teats should be inspected regularly and discarded at the first signs of damage.

Are Sepal teats & bottles BPA free?

Sepal-Infant products are free from BPA, Latex & Silicone and are fully compatible with the standard #5 PP recycling stream.  Sepal-Infant products are manufactured in Melbourne, Australia from new, high quality, virgin material - bottles are made from Polypropylene; teats are made from a combination of soft Thermoplastic Elastomer with hard Polypropylene collar.

What’s the best way to sterilise Sepal teats?

For home use, Milton solution and steaming are both acceptable methods of sterilising the Sepal teats and bottles, so feel free to use whichever suits you best.  Hospitals use Sepal-Infant products as single-use only and discard into a recycling bin after use.

If you choose to steam the teats, we advise using a unit that allows them to be free standing. If they are steamed inside a microwave steaming bag touching other products, they may retain a bent shape when they cool – if this happens just re-steam them free standing and they will return to their original shape.

Milton solution instructions advise that products will be clean after 15min, and that the solution should be refreshed every 24hrs. We recommend removing the teats from the Milton solution after the 15min period and storing in a clean, dry container until needed for feeding.

Do I have to use Sepal bottles with Sepal teats?

YES while Sepal teats will screw on to most commonly available 'narrow' neck bottles, we STRONGLY recommend using Sepal teats with Sepal bottles to ensure a consistent and accurate feeding outcome.

Sepal bottles have been specifically designed to work with Sepal teats to create the seal required for the patented controlled venting, eliminating issues with fluctuating flow rates, free flowing or leaking collars.  Hospitals have reported inconsistent flow rate issues when using bottles other than Sepal.

.  Hospitals have reported inconsistent flow rate issues when using bottles other than Sepal
Why is it coming out in a stream and not slowing down?

When a warm feed is placed into a bottle and teat screwed on, the cooler room temperature air under the teat is warmed by the feed.  If the bottle is turned over before the air reaches a similar temperature to the liquid, the cooler air is now trapped at the highest point in the base of the bottle, pushing down on the liquid forcing it out of the teat feeding orifice.

Hospitals have found that the best solution is to introduce the bottle at a shallow angle and allow the feed to gently drip into the baby’s mouth at a manageable rate, prompting the baby to begin sucking. Once the baby forms a seal, begins sucking and bubbles are flowing from the teat vents, then the flow rate is controlled by the baby regardless of the feed or air temperature.

Delivering smaller feeds in a smaller bottle where possible, such as the Sepal-Infant 50ml EBM Vial, will also significantly reduce this effect.

Why Does My Thickened Feed Stop & Start?

Adding thickener to feeds can initially cause clumps which can block the feeding temporarily.  Testing has shown that allowing a short period of time for the thickener to be fully absorbed by the feed prevents these clumps from interrupting the flow.  Sepal recommend using a Sepal bottle cap when mixing, to avoid spillage or accidentally blocking the teat.

Do not allow the thickened feed to stand for prolonged periods of time, as the thickness will increase on standing.  Always refer to the instructions provided by the thickener manufacturer, and seek help from their customer service if unsure.

.  Sepal recommend using a Sepal bottle cap when mixing, to avoid spillage or accidently blocking the teat
Why do my teats look white & cloudy?

Testing has shown that prolonged exposure to Milton solution will cause teats of all types, regardless of brand or type, to turn cloudy due to the salt in the fluid reacting with the nitrates in the water. We would recommend washing the teats in warm water with a light detergent and allowing them to dry completely over a 48hr period or until the teats return to their normal colour.

Milton solution instructions advise that products will be clean after 15min, and that the solution should be refreshed every 24hrs. Sepal strongly recommend removing the teats from the Milton solution after the 15min period and storing in a clean, dry container until needed for feeding.

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Acknowledgements

Developed in collaboration with
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Development generously funded by
Department of State Development, Business & Innovation
As part of the Smart SMEs Market Validation Program