Sunday, April 8, 2012

Calma Nipple & Bottle for Breastfeeding Moms by Medela Review & Giveaway

 
     Breastfeeding is something that I highly believe is best for my baby.  I think every mom needs to make the decision that is best for them and their baby, but for me breastfeeding is what I have chosen.  I am still a little nervous about breastfeeding when baby comes.  With Jayden it was difficult and I had to move to pumping for him.  I really feel like I missed a little something with Jayden by not having that special bond, but we have bonded in other ways for sure.  I did what was best for him and me.  Although I could not breastfeed technically, I was able to pump the milk and feed it to him.  In doing so it was a lot harder then I expected to find a bottle to use.  There are so many brands and types of bottles out there.  I went through a few different ones before I found the right one for us.  Although it was a good fit I think there may have been better choices that would have encouraged him to go back to the breast.  Many bottles flow too quickly and make it easy for baby to get the milk, this is not at all like it is with breastfeeding where baby has to work at getting milk.  So breastfeeding moms need to find a good very slow flow bottle to use when they can't be available to feed themselves.  I think I may have found the solution.  Medela the same brand that makes some of the best breastpumps on the market has a new bottle called Calma.

      Calma is actually a special nipple that forces a baby to suck in order to receive the milk.  The Calma is a 3 part nipple system.  It starts with the vented nipple made from silicone.  Next there is a top which helps to regulate the milk flow with the vacuum created by the baby.  Next is the base has a unique air control system to equalize air pressure.  This bottle does not require different nipple stages as it is designed for breastfed babies and their flow need is based on their own suck.  There is also a cap to make it easier for travel without spills and even better there are 2 lids for a full leak proof seal. 

     The biggest problem I have had in the past with bottles is leaking.  So I immediately added some water to the bottle and tipped it over.  It didn't leak, not even a drip.  Actually the water didn't even leave the bottle into the nipple area.  The Calma requires baby to make a vacuum seal and suck to get any of the milk out.  The way the baby latches to the bottle is the same way he or she does on the breast.  If baby's tongue is not positioned correctly then the milk will not flow, just as with breastfeeding.  This is great for breastfeeding moms like I am or plan to be.  Babies can easily switch from breast to bottle without confusion.  This bottle makes it so much easier for breastfeeding moms to return to work or even to get a little sleep while dad feeds baby.  So far I am really loving this bottle.  I can't wait to actually use the bottle with baby boy when he arrives.
 
      Breastfeeding should be established before starting to use a bottle.  The Calma bottle is BPA free.    The Calma bottle easily attaches to any Medela pump to make pumping and saving the most milk easier.  You can pump directly into your bottle and either attach the nipple for feeding or put on the lid for storage in the refrigerator.     

     Additionally, Medela offers a free Breastfeeding app now available in the appleApp Store. iBreastfeed provides tools and resources to help moms successfully breastfeed, including the ability to track breastfeeding and pumping activities for up to six babies, find breastfeeding-friendly locations for your area, get tips and information, and much more.

Buy it:  Medela Calma Nipple & Bottle $20.00

Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama reader will win a Calma bottle from Medela

 Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!  This giveaway will be open until 4/25 at 12:01AM (EST).
  


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Thank you to Medela for sponsoring this review and giveaway.  
I was provided the above mentioned product for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.  disclosure

31 comments:

  1. I like the freestyle breast pump.

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  2. I like the swing breasted pump!

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  4. I really like the Tender Care Hydrogel pads.
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    1. We are TTC and this would be for baby #4 :)

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  5. i like the Postpartum Support Belt - (Paul T / Pauline T…pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)

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  6. Their free style breast pump looks cool

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  7. I also like their Pump & Save storage bags!
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  8. The bottle would be for our new baby due in August! =)
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  9. Love their bottles and I would keep it for my future children ;]

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  10. I like the freestyle breastpump.

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  11. I like that they have experts on the website that can answer your questions.

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  12. I love that the Calma is compatible with all Medela breastpump bottles.

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  13. This bottle would be for our next baby.

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  14. This bottle would be for our first baby.
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  15. i like the pump and save bags

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  16. I learned the Calma bottle was made so you can enjoy breastfeeding longer... it's based on baby's natural feeding style.

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  17. I like their nursing stool
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  18. I like the in style advanced pump

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  19. I like the Pump In Style Advanced breast pump.
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  20. We are TTC so it would be for our (hopefully soon) future baby!
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  21. i like the Freestyle Breastpump

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  22. I like the pump in style and the storage bags

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  23. i like the Tender Care Hydrogel pads

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  24. Love this bottle for my new grandson due in Aug.
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  25. I like that the bottle is as close to nursing as you can get.
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  26. Breast feeding is essential requirement of babies, I think mother's milk needed babies up to 6 months,but there are various reasons for using breast pumps as many women go on work so they require breast pumps to express breast milk as they have little time, which is later bottle fed to their child by a babysitter or caretaker.

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  27. We bought three of the calma nipples for our now 10 week old. Nipple works great from a latch/suck perspective however after daily use for the last 6 weeks all three are leaking from the bottom piece which attaches to the bottle. Also the nipple itself is so long that our little guy often gets it completely filled and then decides to push or spit the bottle out which results in more spilt milk. If I could figure out the leaking issue id be fine with the otheproblem however we are losing precious milk from two sources. And for the cost of the calma it certainly shouldn't leak.

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