One of the most common questions we get here at feeding guide is how can breast feeding mums, partners and grandparents get their baby to take a bottle. And just as popular are the questions from mothers worrying that if their baby has a bottle they won’t want to breast feed anymore.
So when I discover a great product that helps mums, parents and grandparents, I want everyone to know about it.
This fabulous product is the Medela Calma feeding system – it’s so great because it enables a baby to take the bottle in a very similar way they would breastfeed – it’s fantastic! Babies don’t have to change their normal breastfeeding behaviour when they use the Medela Calma – like breast feeding the Calma only allows the milk to flow when the baby applies a vacuum.
So why is Calma so good? – The latest breastfeeding studies (researchers from the University of Western Australia) show that creating a vacuum is essential for babies to successfully breastfeed. In the early days of breastfeeding babies learn quickly that they have to produce a vacuum for the breast milk to flow. A baby’s natural way of sucking requires an intensive workout during breastfeeding and Calma is designed to do exactly this.
The unique teat of the Medela Calma has been specifically designed for babies who are being breastfed with breast milk, as it allows them to suck, swallow and breathe, as learned on the breast. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma, the baby has to create a vacuum for breast milk to flow, as soon as the baby pauses, the flow stops, this is also the natural way with breastfeeding.
What has impressed me most is the uptake of the Medela Calma from the fussiest of breast fed babies who have refused most bottles. If you are a fan of the TV series House Husbands you may have seen how the Calma was the only bottle Gary Sweet’s character was able to feed his grandson to help his daughter with her sleep and breastfeeding. The Calma is great for helping breastfeeding mothers, partners and support network – it takes the some of stress out of bottle and breastfeeding.
For breast feeding mums who are worried their babies may not take the bottle or prefer the bottle, the Medela Calma is just like breastfeeding, so your baby can drink, pause and breathe in its natural rhythm, create its individual vacuum through a combination of tongue and jaw movements, helping retain its natural way of sucking, which supports an easy transition from breastfeeding to feeding breast milk.
If you would like more information on the Medela Calma feeding system, or would like to know where you can purchase it – visit www.medela.com.au
I hope I have been able to help and would love to hear your feedback.