If you’re having troubles or experiencing anxiety breastfeeding, you’re not alone. Many mums experience problems which leave them wondering whether they can continue breast feeding. The solution, I found, is quality advice, persistence and finding the right products to support you.
I remember the sinking feeling I felt when my midwife recommended that I stop breastfeeding my newborn son for a couple of days. After weeks of incorrect latching-on it had become almost impossible to continue breast feeding.
I felt like I’d failed, bottle feeding was not part of the plan.
We scrambled to find what we needed to bottle feed our little boy and maintain my milk supply. I was secptical that after the break, my baby would go back to the breast. But with support, persistence and the right products, I was able to take the break I needed to heal and be continue to successfully breast feed until my baby was 16 months.
Many mums experience times when they need to pump breast milk and then bottle feed their baby, whether it’s a health problem like mine, you’re returning to work or you just need a (well-earned) break. Choosing the right products can make the switch from breast to bottle and back again successful.
Get everything you need to start bottle feeding your baby breast milk in the Medela Breastfeeding Starter Kit. It contains one of Medela’s great Calma teats which are designed to support mixed breast and bottle feeding, 2 x 150 mil baby bottles with multi lids, breastfeeding pads, pump & save breastmilk storage bags, a microwave cleaning bag and a tube of Purelan to keep your nipples healthy.
Team it up with a great quality breast pump like the Medela Swing Maxi Double. Not only does a double pump minimise the time you spend pumping by pumping both breasts at once, but double pumping has been shown to increase milk production. The Swing Maxi Double features a two-stage pumping rhythm to encourage milk let-down and adjustable suction settings so you can find the most comfortable setting for you.
Also, the Medela Swing Maxi Double runs on both electricity and batteries so you can take it out & about with you (including work).
Finally, Medela stands out of the crowd for me because they actively support breast feeding research and eduction around the word and base their product design on the very latest knowledge and technology.
The Medela Breastfeeding starter kit is priced at $49.90 and the Medela Swing Maxi Double breast pump at $449.00. You can find them at Medela stockists online and in store.