Today is a wonderful day. The laundry is done and folded away, the house is spotless and both my children are fed and happily playing. I even got in some reading. “Mum! Mum! Mummmm!!!” Whoa, what’s wrong? Wow, that was just a dream. Those days never happen; not my reality. I am guessing not yours either. Especially when there’s a baby and a toddler in the house. Between breastfeeding, bottle feeding, potty training it is a juggling act and a ball is always hitting the ground.
Are you sometimes overwhelmed by all that is required of you? Do you find it difficult to breastfeed, baby bottle feed while taking care of another little one? You are not alone. Parenting is a fulltime job. There is no tangible fringe benefit but there are a lot of rewards. That line may sound contradictory but somehow I think you know exactly what I mean. There is nothing that can provide us with a sense of achievement that having children does.
(Celina is pausing the feed for a photo with her handsome son and his Minbie)
It is for that reason why we hurt when they hurt, why it affects us when they experience the aches of baby trials: teething, colic, reflux and other ailments. We seek out ways to alleviate these. Sometimes it is an easy fix other times it's not. It may also be a case of trial and error. One thing we also find is that most of the issues stem from feeding and their immature digestive system. That’s mainly because it is very delicate and has to be treated as such. It is for this reason why the choice of the bottle and teat used for feeding your baby is very important. Celina’s son Leonardo had feeding challenges, this is what she told us: “I recently bought the minbie bottle, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this bottle but I decided to take a chance on it, and it’s the best thing I was able to do for my son, Leonardo. Leonardo was not able to latch from the beginning and I have been pumping my milk and putting it into a bottle. I chose Dr Brown's bottles cause they worked for my first son and I noticed that a couple weeks after choosing Dr Brown's Leo had a lot of colic and gas he would vomit, he would cry for hours.”
Those are real concerns that no parent would take lightly. So what did Celina do? Read on: “I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. We figured out that he was having a hard time going from the breast to the bottle. He was getting a lot of air from the bottles. So I saw these bottles on facebook and decided to give it a try. I ordered the Minbie bottle, the newborn set and the first day that he took the bottle it went well. He took it and he never has suffered from colic or gas or fussiness again. I highly recommend these bottles to anyone. They are the best thing that we have ever encountered and I think my only regret is that I was not able to order them sooner for my son.”
A bottle cannot solve all the feeding challenges that a baby may experience but it can help to prevent some and manage others. Take reflux for example and how serious it is for babies.
Reflux is a condition where a person’s stomach contents rise back through the digestive system and into his or her food pipe or mouth. Adults and children can both experience it but Reflux is most prevalent in the first month of life. It is commonly referred to as ‘spitting up’.
When a baby is affected by reflux the bottle used to feed that baby is important. It has to operate in a way that allows a baby to control the flow of the feed by pacing how much is consumed. If the flow rate is too much the baby will take in too much at too fast a pace resulting in poor digestion and spitting up. Minbie helps because the teat has a good venting system and special advanced shape which allows for pace and proper flow control.
Share with us what you have been doing to ensure that your baby gets the balance needed when feeding.