If you are (or have been in the last good number of years) been a breastfeeding mom, then no doubt you’ve heard of Medela. With all of my breastfeeding struggles, we’ve used A LOT of different Medela products—from supplement nursers to pumps and our favorite steam-clean bags. And, now there is another Medela product we’ve used and liked…Calma.
[From the press release] Calma is a research-based nipple used with a BPA-free breastmilk bottle designed to help babies to maintain their natural feeding behavior and transition from bottle back to breast with ease. The vacuum technology in the Calma nipple is vastly different from a conventional bottle nipple, which may disrupt normal feeding behavior and contribute to a difficult transition from bottle to breast. Milk flows freely from a standard bottle nipple even if the baby is not actively sucking — a feature unlike that of the breast. Calma’s technology allows babies to continue their natural feeding behavior as if they were at the breast, making it easier for babies to transition back to breastfeeding.
I’m so impressed with this bottle–it is perfect for us & our situation. It really does work more like breastfeeding than any bottle we’ve encountered. Baby Brother has to latch onto it just right (like nursing) to create that suction & begin getting milk. Because of that, this bottle is something that helped us realize that Baby Brother was tongue tied. In addition to all of my low supply issues, he wasn’t latching well or nursing well at all. I saw a lactation consultant who suspected a tongue tie and referred us to a local pediatrician who treats tongue ties (with electrocautery) for the exclusive purpose of aiding breastfeeding. Before we got to that appointment for the consultation, we tried the Calma bottle with him and he had a terrible time getting latched on to it and making it work.
He was in fact tongue tied and we did proceed with the procedure. Thankfully, it really helped! He latches much better (on to me and bottles) and we’ve actually seen his tongue move around more! So, lately, we’ve been using the Calma bottle a lot. I love the way it mimics nursing and allows him to drink, breathe, and pause regularly. It also seems as though he sucks far less air with this bottle. With all of my issues, anything we can do to help be more successful with nursing is a big deal, so I’m thrilled with this special bottle!!
Would YOU like to give Calma a try?!
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Disclosure: I received the Calma feeding set shown above for the purposes of review. As always, all opinions and experiences are my own.