It’s a grim fact that you can’t breastfeed your baby forever, this is based on the firm knowledge that your baby will not be a baby forever and breastfeeding a teenager is a tricky subject altogether. Not that Baby R is anywhere near a teenager (besides, in my experience of parenting a teenager, they barely come within 3 foot of their parents)
As I’m soon to return to work after a wonderful 12 months maternity leave, I need to introduce an alternative way for Baby R to get some milk. If you read my stopping breastfeeding post then you’ll know that after a rocky start, I was determined to feed as long as possible, as once I’d conquered a few barriers and knocked down several hurdles (I’ll spare you the grim details) and from then on it was plain sailing.
I love the fact that I get to eat an extra 500 calories a day, that I have drinks on tap (limited exclusively to Baby R I should add) should I stay out longer than expected and forget to take supplies and that my body provides a tonic so nutritious and in tune with my son that a meer my kiss from me picks up the germs lurking on his tender skin from which I’ll make antibodies to pass on through my milk. Magic!
But like all good things, my breastfeeding journey will come to an end and I need a carefully executed plan to take me to the next phase. Step forward the bottle.
Now, for some people moving from breastfeeding to bottle feeding is as easy as pie, but for my little boob monster the bottle is the enemy. It’s on par to trying to feed him milk from a cactus. We’ve tried Hubby feeding him, him feeding himself, breastfeeding first then sneakily slipping the bottle in but this baby has a serious bottle aversion and simply chews, spits or just flatly refuses to open his mouth. We’ve tried giving him milk in a cup, from a spoon, even the syringe that came with the Calpol bottle but he’s one determined baby and he’s not giving up without a fight. I should admire his strength of character but with the weeks ticking by I’m starting to worry if there will ever be a day when this boy won’t be tugging at my top and that scenario concerns me.
Then through pure fate, an opportunity to trial a new bottle arose and by sheer desperation I agreed, we’d tried everything else so what did we have to lose?
I’ve never heard of the Minbie brand before. The concept of these bottles being that it nurtures a baby’s ability to breastfeed by maintaining the same breastfeeding latch. The teat is completely different to a normal bottle teat in that it’s more breastfeeding-nipple like. It’s an Australian designed and owned company, hence why I’d never heard of them before, but do you know what, they worked. (They’re offering flat rate shipping at the moment so don’t let that put you off.)
It wasn’t an instant attraction but after letting him play around, in his own time, we got there in the end. (I say we, obviously I mean Hubby) I’m not guaranteeing the Minbie bottle will work for every bottle refuser, we gave water to trial it out in his own time and waited till he was sleepy to get a good response but I am genuinely impressed by the design and it just makes sense to have the teat this shaped.
It comes with good guidance on how to use and where to position it and the 3 month plus teats I was sent are designed so baby has to work at the feed just like it would the breast.
Part 2 of my breast to bottle feeding kit includes a Milton Combi Steriliser, it’s combi as you can use it both in the microwave and as a cold water steriliser. I’m actually one of those strange people who gets quite nostalgic at the smell of Milton from my days of being a big sister to 2 babies, so to be able to have the option to use it cold water and soak baby paraphernalia (like the fill n squeeze pouches I use) as well as use it in the microwave should you run out of sterilizing tablets I feel, is a great idea. It doesn’t matter f you prefer to go chemical free and steam sterilise more, you still have the cold water option for items that can’t be steamed. The real beauty of using a microwave or cold water steriliser is that you don’t need to descale like you would an electric and this less bulky to transport around.
My Minbie bottles fit in no problem, for the cold water method you fill to the side fill line then screw on the lid which submerges everything in the solution, taking only takes 15 minutes to sterilise everything. It’s been great for all our baby cups, toys and teething aids. The microwave method works in just 2 – 6 minutes depending on your microwave so is even quicker, I like that there’s a safety vent in the lid which releases any pressure that builds up from the steam.
All in a 2 great product that have eased the transition from breast to bottle that I’m happy to recommend.
Have you found anything that supported your move? I’d love to know.
I was sent a Milton Combi steriliser and Minbie bottle for the purpose of this review and these are my honest thoughts. for more information on Milton or Minbie please click on the following links