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I am a breast feeding mother. I love breast feeding my son. However this means that we are constantly together and if I ever need to leave the house for any reason whatsoever, even getting my hair cut, he has to come with me.Which is fine apart from the fact that I don't drive and have a pram or a sling to transport him in. My hairdressers is rather awkward to get into and there is no way that a pram would go through the door. My sling would make it impossible to get my hair cut. So I knew even before he was born he would need the odd bottle, even just to give my boobs a break and sometimes in necessity.
So I started checking out the bottles available on the market. What on earth were most of them for, did the teat size and flow matter? Would he get nipple confusion and leave us fighting to breast feed upon my return? These were all thoughts going through my head at the time. Then I bought my breast pump, with a little looking into and the help of a mother and baby, pregnant woman, what ever magazine. In it was a guide to manual breast pumps and the Tommee Tippee was rated top. Fine, I was in Morrisons, actually reading the magazine as I plodded along following my other half and my Mam, both with a trolley each shopping for essentials.
As we got to the bit with the baby bits and bobs on it I noticed they stocked the Tippee breast pump and without further ado I mentioned it to my mother, had a quick look and she bought it for me. When I got home I opened the box to have a little look, conveniently there was a small sterilising box and wide neck bottle, along with a storage lid and a teat and lid for the baby to drink from. I had previously heard about the closer to nature bottles and it was nice to actually have a look at one. With a very wide base and neck this bottle has a large teat which I have since discovered that my son doesn't get too confused by. As it is large and curved to mimic the breast he is happy to change from breast to bottle and back again as he latches onto both in exactly the same manner. The teat that was supplied was a starter teat and very slow. The soft silicon teat warms slightly when the milk is warmed in it, again, supposedly to mimic the breast. The bottle I received was a 5oz bottle and also displays the volume in ml. I was so happy with the look of this bottle that when I was next shopping I bought two more small bottles and four nine ounce bottles. I honestly didn't expect to use them that much and didn't have a clue what sort of amount a baby would take and then bought the Tommee Tippee steriliser to go with the set. Well, why not! It had three Nuby bottles in that I honestly wasn't that impressed with. However, I do have the attachment to express into them so I can't complain, they are great for breast milk storage jars.
So, what happened when my baby was born? Well he had low blood sugar levels and a low temperature and received two top ups with a prescription formula from the breast feeding councilor who told my partner and I not to stop breast feeding (he was worried I wasn't good enough, puh!) and that once his body got over the shock of being born all would be well. He also got one top up of proper formula off a midwife. In retrospect I should have told her where to go but lets not start this debate here and now! Once we got home after 40 hours in hospital we carried on breastfeeding and were much happier to get by without anybody's help thank you very much.
Until... ... we got thrush, him in his mouth, me in my boobs. Feeding was agony as was wearing tops for that matter, and we both in pain through the entire feed. So whilst it was being treated I began to take one feed a day off for my boyfriend to give to the baby. Robert had been asking for ages that I express my milk into a bottle to let him feed his son and I had held off, trying to keep my supply at an even keel and let it settle of its own accord. However, as we were both in pain the idea of sitting back through a feed was just too much temptation. And a proud Daddy sitting feeding his son was a wonderful sight. Until this point my other half had very little to do. William couldn't smile, merely soiled EVERY nappy and fed. Constantly, or so it seemed.He still wouldn't take a dummy and so he wanted to feed for comfort as well as nutrition. He accepted the bottle no problem, fed eagerly for a mere 3ozs with only a little grumble of pain and then slept peacefully in his Daddy's arms. It was a proud day. I have continued to express one feed a day for the special people in his life to give to him. Sometimes I am in the vicinity pottering on with the washing up or mopping the floor, and just sometimes I am in the pub, having a quiet drink with William's Daddy. Apart from now he prefers 9ozs!
So, what are my thoughts on this bottle? Magnificent. He has had no problems with nipple confusion, he feeds happily from them and he isn't getting too used to bottles and expecting them to be easier than the breast because I have continued (as advised) to use the first teat. As he only has one bottle a day and has for two months, all of my teats are in good condition. Apart from the one that went into the dishwasher with a plateful of baked beans.... He is able to hold them himself already, due to the wide neck, narrow middle and wide base, although I think that it will be a while before we let him sit with a bottle on his own. For obvious reasons!
These have lasted well and although the teats are starting to get rather used they still haven't cracked or split. They wash and sterilise easily, the teats are readily available (as are extra bottles) and they are easy to see in their silver packaging in most supermarkets.
They are available with pink, blue and white rims in 5 or 9 ounce bottles. For three larger bottle you pay about £9 for the smaller bottles as little as £5 for two, depending on where you shop.
So for breast feeding mothers or mothers wishing to change from breast to bottle I would highly reccomend these. I guess they are also good to have as a bottle for formula feeders too as the little hole that allows air to go out of the bottle and so prevent windiness and colic really does work well. We have never had a problem and he brings his wind up with little or no fuss, usually only a tiny burp.
Thanks for reading, Kirst xx
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