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.

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Vanessa loves great design. Beauty, function and innovation get her excited. When she’s not hunting down the next big baby idea, she’s busy with her day job and being a mum to her 3 lovely boys.


  1. April 30, 2015 @ 4:35 pm Kate

    Thanks for sharing Tina. It’s always great to hear someone else’s story.
    Kate :-)

  2. April 30, 2015 @ 10:22 am Tina

    The one thing I struggled with was breast feeding my son. He was premature and I was required to express and then feed him through a dispenser. It was daunting and extremely saddening for me. Luckily my friend told me about Medela and the hospital was well equipped with all Medela ‘industrial’ style pumps. This brand is amazing and highly recommended. Medela also produces the nipple shields to help with breastfeeding which I found a massive help also. As I’m now pregnant again and hoping I don’t experience the saddening effects that I suffered with my first child, at least I now have the knowledge to move forward and buy a trusted and reliable brand.

  3. April 25, 2015 @ 12:07 pm Sharmaine

    Breast feeding seemed to be the only thing that worked out for me. I had a horrendous birthing experience and then got pre eclampsia after Bub was born. About to go back to work and have started pumping milk with my medela swing pump – luv it and this would just make it better!!!!!

  4. April 21, 2015 @ 10:39 pm lana

    The one thing I struggled the most with my children was breast feeding. One of the problems I had was having milk come in

  5. April 18, 2015 @ 3:30 am Jessica

    After my daughter was born I was told I was breastfeeding correctly, then after about 2-3weeks I was so sore and even had cracks and a blood blister my aunt who was a lactation consultant advised my latch had been incorrect and causing me the damage. A girlfriend loaned me her medla pump and it has saved us I was able to express and also formula feed to have a break and we are just getting back into breastfeeding

  6. April 17, 2015 @ 3:45 pm Jessica

    I remember after my daughter was born, after 2 weeks if bad latching and weight loss we were told to stop breast feeding. We had nothing at home to even start with bottle feeding as it was never in our plan. I wish someone told me about Medla before I had my daughter. And I will use Medla for my future breast feeding needs :-)

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