I exclusively breastfed my first son, and I hope to have as much luck with my second. As much as I love bonding with my babies, sometimes you can feel a little restricted when breastfeeding. My first son never really accepted a bottle, so whenever I was out on the town without him, I was constantly looking at my watch to make sure I got back home in time to feed him. Needless to say, it was hard to relax during my “me” time. With baby boy number two (just seven-weeks-old!), I hope to do better.
A couple of weeks ago, after breastfeeding had been well established (as experts recommend), we introduced a bottle to our new baby. But it wasn’t just any bottle, it was Medela’s new feeding device, Calma.
The design is meant to mimic breastfeeding as much as possible. It requires the baby to create a vacuum seal on the bottle’s nipple the same way that he or she would while breastfeeding. The baby is able to control the flow, which allows him to breath and pause as he normally does at the breast. This naturally helps prevent the baby from sucking in too much air and also cuts back on confusion when switching back and forth between the breast and the bottle.
I’m pleased to say that after a brief period of suspicion, my son slurped down the milk in just a few minutes (he’s always a fast eater). Because of my poor bottle experiences in the past, I had only filled the bottle with 3oz (everyone knows it’s a sin to waste breast milk!). Unfortunately for Daddy, our baby wanted more and fast, and I had taken my few moments of freedom to go take a shower. Oops!
The Calma device fits on top of Medela’s breastmilk storage bottles, which makes pumping, storing and feeding a smooth transition, and it means less clean up for you. Also, because baby controls the flow, this is the only bottle you’ll ever need—no stage 1, 2, etc.! I hope my son continues to accept this bottle on the occasions that I need it, giving Mommy a break and Daddy some special baby bonding time.