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Well this is a topic that seems to be quite hot, sticky, whatever you call it. Many breastfeeding mothers out there, most want to still nurse their little precious ones, but for some reason or another they can’t do it 24/7.
Going back to work after few months of giving birth, supplementing breast milk with some formula milk, mum want daddy or carers to feed baby when she’s away, etc.. Does it sound familiar? I’m in the same boat.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Apparently baby loves the breast so much that will refuse the bottle, I know because while I was looking a bottle for my little one, I stumbled upon many posts about parents facing the same. There’s a fair amount of cases as well where parents are looking for a bottle that won’t interfere or cause nipple confusion with their breastfeeding baby.
Anyway, both cases ends up in looking for optimal Breastfeeding baby bottles. And so far here are the ones I’ve tried, one or another might suit best to your child.
Best choice: Minbie
“MINBIE IS THE CLOSEST NIPPLE TO BREASTFEEDING”
This is their powerful and bold quote, and to be honest, in my opinion they are 95% close to the real thing, the 5% is texture, no way that slippery rubber feel of the teat is the same!
So this miracle bottle which claims theirs are winning award teats, helped many thousands of parents and boasts of over seven thousand 5 stars reviews from their US and UK websites combined.
It has a superior anti-colic and anti-reflux bottle system and simulates breastfeeding motion and it’s made of soft premium BPA-free silicone sourced from Germany.
You can purchase nice and affordable sets or independently your preferred teats and/or bottles.
Their return for refund policy is guaranteed 30 days as long as you send back the original product unused and unopened.
My experience? Well, my baby didn’t like bottles at all, neither sippy cups, not even in a small cup. NADA. I needed to get something to make him drink more fluids apart from my milk, for moments like when we went to Spain on August, which you all know it can get so hot in the scorching sun. I also needed it for Lunch time or snacks when I started weaning.
Minbie was the fourth bottle I tried, the former three were big well-known brands which I’m not going to mention, they all failed to impress my cherub with pudgy cheeks. He took well this bottle so I was able to give him water and diluted juice… Fast forward many months, and next challenge will be to make him drink milk from it, which he ALWAYS refused even filled with my own milk.
Second place: Suavinex
This second brand is actually a Spanish brand, which we discovered in Barcelona when we went for Christmas holidays (I’m actually from there) to visit my side of the family, so Bee could meet Avi and Iaia (my parents).
We forgot to pack our Minbie bottle so we were a bit stuck. The first days we stayed over my auntie’s place near Zona Franca and there was a Pharmacy on front of the flats. The staff was very helpful and they advised me this Suavinex brand and to start with a small bottle, so I wouldn’t have to spend too much just in case he would refuse it.
The teat of the bottle we chose has the shape of the nipple (Anatomical) and is made with soft and high quality latex, and their bottles are made of polypropylene. Their designs are also super adorable and fashionable, with a wide range to suit your (or your babies’) style.
Bee really liked the way the teat felt and was all day playing with it touching it with his fingers, one thing I didn’t like about this bottle though is that it leaks, badly. At least ours did, also that since we live in the UK is harder or more expensive to get Suavinex in here, but so far, it’s his second favourite bottle. No luck with drinking milk with this one either!
Third place: Yoomi
This brand is worth mentioning, it’s not your usual bottle. It’s a futuristic bottle as itself heats! Yes, I’m amazed too even still now, but it works I can tell you.
The Yoomi is the brainchild of British designer Jim Shaihk, that came up with the idea when his wife was complaining about ” that milk she had previously expressed into a bottle had to be thrown away if had been warmed up but was then left unused” as it says in an old article of Dailymail (click on link to read full article).
Basically the milk in the bottle is cold, but as it goes through the maze like pattern on the (previously heated) heating device it heats up slowly, by the end of the teat it’s in the optimal temperature similar to the breast milk (32-34 degree C).
The heating device can be heated in boiling water or in the microwave, the first is best as there’s been cases of eroded or broken devices if it’s not heated properly. The device core is the same as the gel used in the heating pads sold in drug stores or pharmacies, the ones you use on sore muscles and such.
I’t very handy as the heating device remains active for many hours after activation, therefore you can bring it on holidays, outings, shopping, long walks… No need to ask to the waiter to heat up the milk or to bring hot water.
I advice you to look around, the brands I mentioned are the ones that worked for my little one, they are certainly not cheap but they aren’t super expensive, but you could get cheaper ones as maybe your child might accept more known branded like Dr Brown’s or Mam, or maybe try out another one that looked interesting as it resembles so much the breast, Mimijumi.
With light and joy,
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Breastfeeding comes with its multiple advantages, and some disadvantages, some latter are pains. In this post I’ll tell you all about some ugly side of my journey, about breast pain when breastfeeding. I hope it won’t deter you from giving your own milk to your little one, but it’s good to be aware of it so you know what is normal and how you can tackle it.
As you know, hormones plays so much havoc going up and down during pregnancy, and it stays like that if you decide breastfeeding. Engorgement occurs when your breasts swell and become painfully large as the milk production went overdrive (thanks to the crazy hormones).
They become like balloons and feel hard, and it often happens when the breasts are producing more milk than your baby normally takes.
Please be aware that as it’s very full, as soon as your baby sucks, it’ll come out shooting like a fountain and your baby might choke a bit and cough, but she’ll be fine. Also, you’ll spill milk if that happens so make sure baby is wearing a bib or have a flannel or little towel wipe at hand.
It looks a bit similar to engorgement and actually it can happen if engorgement is not dealt with, but the difference is that it’s a swelling caused by inflammation of the breast tissues, and it can easily lead to infection.
Your breast will feel hard, hot, painful, red and swollen, also you could experience some symptoms similar to flu like high temperature, headaches, chills and tiredness.
I suffered it a couple of times (yes, unfortunately you can get it more than once), once because baby slept all through one night after having cluster feeding for many nights, I woke up with a sore breast and found a lump in it. I tried massaging it and felt horribly painful that I got scared to touch it. I was so worried to feed the baby with the affected breast (yes it can affect one at a time!), as it was so painful when I tried him latching on it.
After reading some advice on websites I tried again and put up with the pain, believe me it hurts like hell, but when my baby had emptied the breast I felt much better and with a huge relief! The second time was when I used a very tight bra, after few days the tightness created a lump which became had and the surrounding skin became red.
As mentioned above in Mastitis, you might notice breast lumps now and then. They are blocked milk ducts, that happens for many reasons like:
- Baby didn’t latch properly.
- Tight bras that put too much pressure on the side of the breast, for this reason I recommend using a comfortable bra that won’t put too much pressure on your breasts, and avoid wired ones. I only use breastfeeding tops because they are not tight at all, but that’s you choice and choose whatever you feel comfortable with.
- breast injury or bruise (like a baby biting)
- In very rare cases it could be breast cancer (yes, breastfeeding doesn’t totally prevent getting breast cancer!)
How to treat the breast lumps? Feed, keep feeding baby! Warm baths or showers can help, also massage your breasts every day by shaking them for 2 minutes each twice a day. Use a breast pump if you want, I’ve used a manual one sometimes when a breast was too full but baby was asleep and I didn’t want to wake him up. I stored the milk in the freezer for another time when I would need it.
Baby teeth bites
Yes, OUCH. My baby had his first teeth around 4 months, his daddy had his at 3 months, yikes!
Teething hurts, we all know that but most adults seem to have forgotten how painful they really are, unless you are like me and kept your wisdom teeth intact and feel them once or twice a year! I’m seriously considering removing them soon (but I’m too scared of it), some day…
My boy would sometimes bite or press hard when he would feel pain, he doesn’t do it because he wants to hurt me, it’s an instinct reaction, when we feel pain we tend to press/clench our teeth.
My first reaction was to let a scream (and swear, I know I shouldn’t but I’m not perfect), it scared my baby at first but then he seemed to like it, so he bit me now and then to have a reaction. I read about it on the internet and followed the advice of not giving it too much attention (which was really hard). After a while he stopped doing it for fun, he still did now and then involuntarily.
I started giving him some Teething Granules or drops (homeopathic granules to treat teething pain) and it helped. Also, I give him some Calpol when he really is miserable and it is evening, so it would let him sleep at night without pain.
I don’t know if I left out anything important, so far all the above is what I can come up with right now. If you are concerned about anything please consult your Doctor or midwife, tell them if there’s a lump that worries you so they can check it out. Visit them if your Mastitis hasn’t gone away after few days, it might require a medicine to tackle an infection in your breast.
If you want to stop breastfeeding, you’ll probably have to deal with engorgement and Mastitis. What helped me stop milk production right after my first delivery (I lost my first dear baby before the due date, it’s still a bit painful to talk about it here, but one day I will) was taking a tea from a great brand called Earth Mama Angel Baby. The tea helped to reduce the milk production faster, it took me about four days for milk to fully stop producing any.
For the pain I would put on Lansinoh There-Pearl cold from the fridge, to relieve the pain. Some people use cold leaf cabbages, but I would rather eat the cabbages and reuse the Lansinoh pads! Also, stock on Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (the second one is better as it reduces swelling/inflammation, but refrain from taking it if you are pregnant), you will need it!
With joy and light,
Outside is like a Christmas postcard, but without the festive feel. The sky is so grayish white, so dense, it looks like it’s going to snow hard tonight. It’s been snowing now and then but now I have the feeling that tonight will be a good long session of snow, the type that if you had forgotten where you parked your car, you would think that was a little white hill. Who ever thought there would be snow storms in March!
So much snow.. And so little inspiration. SO unfair. Being locked in the house doesn’t help much either, baby is grumpy because probably he misses a nice walk outside.
I feel down, like my defenses.
I also feel lethargic, I miss the sun so much! We are in March, when is the Spring coming?? I want to see Daffodils and Cherry trees blossoming, finding pink and white petals flying within the gentle breeze and landing on a green carpet of grass.
Maybe I’m suffering what is called Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I am supposed to be used to the gray days thanks to living in the Emerald Isle for ten years. I thought I’ve built some kind of resistance but it seems not. I envy the Irish, so merry and humorous despite the unstable and downy weather they usually have! Right now I don’t envy them, they are quite busy dealing with an uninvited guest: Storm Emma.
Perhaps I might be coming down with a cold, although now that I think maybe I might have never got off the one I had few weeks ago. Pesky little viruses that like to go around the place spreading their “love”!!… Right now I regret saying “Sharing is Caring” so much to my child, I didn’t need a share of seasonal ailments!
Let it go
That’s what princess Elsa sung, in the middle of nowhere, she said also that “the cold didn’t bother me anyway”. No, cold DOES bother me! And no, I won’t let go my side of the blanket because my husband decided to become an uncut California maki.
I was sitting on the couch half zombie in saving power mode, and I remembered the ad of Ikea I read last month (I think it was) about their new campaign of selling Individual duvets Couple set. I remembered parts of the song of Shania saying to myself “you must be joking right?” and “That don’t impress me much”.
Then I looked outside the window, sneezed a bit, looked to my lovely husband and thought “Don’t get me wrong, yeah I think you’re alright, But that won’t keep me warm in the middle of the night”! Certainly not if he keeps stealing my share of duvet…
I’m starting to consider another trip to Ikea pretty soon.
Food takes long to cook and fast to get cold
Annoying isn’t it? You spend all the evening cooking something lovely, chopping nicely all those vegetables, checking the oven temperature, the cooking time, setting up the table… Then food is ready, you serve it on the table, husband just put baby to bed and he says he’ll be there in a minute as he needs to go to the toilet. He’s there three minutes, while sitting down he points out the toilet seat was as cold as sitting on a rock in a cave. As he finishes the sentence we have a bite to the food.. It’s already lukewarm… What the???
We don’t have the heating on all the time, it consumes a lot of electricity as we rent an old flat, so we use it mostly when the baby is in the living room, and we wear nice cozy bathrobes. I could understand that the food gets colder much quicker, but not that quick, It was only few minutes since I’ve served!
Well we ate all because at least it was tasty and we were hungry. We had a nice cod in wine sauce and vegetables, cooked in the oven for an hour. My husband says he wants to eat this again, and I replied I’ll do my best to remember what I put in it.
Husband’s mini vacation
My man works in schools, so basically he’s attached to the school holidays calendar, so they are not open for flexibility. But with the weather like this, which is out of our control, we don’t want to mess up with the safety of families, most importantly children. So many came up closing for the reminder of the week, therefore my husband got additional holidays.
It’s nice to have him here, Bee can play with Dada these days, and I have someone to take over so I can write this post. I love having him here but I fear that if it snows too much we are all going to get very grumpy soon if we can’t go out the house for at least for a couple of hours.
He normally gets a bit down when having to return to work after a break, I don’t want to imagine how he’ll be when he goes back on Monday. We don’t even know how the weather is going to be next week so who knows, the little vacation could turn out longer. That worries me a bit, because normally when things like this happens, work piles up, and when you get back to work there’s gonna be a heck of a pile of “homework” to do!
So this is a summary of my snowy days so far. If I could I would go out and just scream, but I would need to go away a bit far to not to bother neighbours, and that means I would have to dig out a path through layers and layers of snow and ice. I can imagine myself trying to do that, and after digging one metre off I would be so exhausted that all the tension/anger/grumpiness would have evaporated (and falling down like icicles). Gosh it makes me feel tired just by thinking it!
Lets hope next week will be a warmer week. Definitely anything above 1 degree will be warmer. I just want the sun to come out for a day please!
With joy and light,