One of my great joys in motherhood the first time around was finally reaching a point of successful breastfeeding. It was a long road complicated by differing opinions and advice.
One bit of advice I was constantly given was not to bottle feed because it would cause nipple confusion. I reached a point where I had to, and it made all the difference helping me heal and nurse successfully.
Now, Medela, a world leader in breastfeeding products has introduced Calma bottles. I am interested to try these bottles out myself after our baby is born. Until then, here’s what the Calma bottle is all about!
Calma was designed exclusively for breastmilk feeding, using evidence-based research on babies’ natural feeding behavior. Because the Calma bottle only allows milk to flow if your baby works to create a vacuum, your baby uses the same feeding behavior on this bottle as he does at the breast. Feeding is slowed down and baby has time for natural pauses just like at the breast.
The new Calma bottle from Medela makes switching back and forth from breast to bottle feeding easier!
I took my sample Calma bottle apart and it does not look like any nipple style I have ever seen before. There are several pieces to this nipple, but it only took me about three minutes to inspect and see how they all work together. The nipple is a bit longer than most to simulate real nipple length during feeding. Inside the nipple base is a milk-control valve that only allows milk through when the baby is sucking. And, the Calma bottle set includes two caps – one for the bottle and one for the underside of the nipple when not in use – I thought this was a nice feature for keeping the inside of the nipple clean when separated from the bottle.
I’ll be letting you know later in August how this bottle is working out for me and our new baby! Until then… I’m giving one away to one mama this Mother’s Day!
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Thanks to Medela for sending this product for review and offering a giveaway. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!