With the length of maternity leave varying from country to country, some of us don't have the luxury of months and months of exclusive breastfeeding, therefore it’s understandable we feel a little daunted at the thought of offering our baby a bottle when we’ve only just got breastfeeding nailed. If it’s almost time for you to return to work and you’ve had a ton to organise before the big day, it’s no wonder that introducing your baby to a bottle may have been left to the last minute.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The good news is, you don’t have to spend the next few weeks frantically trying every bottle under the sun, only to see your little one painfully refuse them all. Have a listen to new mom Katie as she tells us her story of how Minbie helped her with the best ‘back to work bottle’.
We’re Moms at Minbie so we totally get it! Returning to work is a huge deal! Not just the logistics of getting up and dressed and out of the house on time, but making sure you and baby have everything you need to make your new feeding plans easy and successful!
You deserve to be able to return to work safe in the knowledge your little one is happily feeding without you, and with a little help from Minbie you can make this happen!
Designed to give you the freedom to seamlessly add a bottle to your routine without risk to your breastfeeding, Minbie is the ‘back to work’ solution you’re looking for. Yes Mom!! You and your little one are about to nail this!
To ensure smooth sailing when your 1st day arrives, there are a few things you’ll need. The most important items to have when you’re heading back to work and need to introduce a bottle (even at short notice) are:
- A great breast pump.
- A range of bottles & nipples in varying flows so you’re prepared ahead of time.
- A fast and effective steriliser.
- An insulated storage bag to keep breastmilk cool if bub is heading to daycare.
It goes without saying that having a bottle your breastfed baby will take, when you’re not around, brings a world of relief. You can see in the video above just how emotional Katie is retelling her story. Choosing Minbie as your 'back to work' support system means you have everything you need to ensure success and protection of that breastfeeding bond we all cherish. Our patented nipple design protects & nurtures baby's instinctive latch, whilst also helping baby avoid the painful symptoms that come with colic and reflux. The shape of the Minbie nipple will ensure baby barely even notices the difference, and latches back on to Mom as soon as you're home!
Before heading back to work:
- Choose a great breast pump to make expressing at work comfortable & quick.
- Invest in the bottles and correct flow nipples for your baby. Buying a set will not only save you money, but will also ensure you have all the bottles & nipples needed for the foreseeable.
- Discuss your breastfeeding requirements with your employer. You may want to request a private space to pump during your breaks, with a comfortable chair and somewhere you can store your breastmilk.
- Your employer may be willing for you to have your baby brought to you at work in the early days for feeds. It’s wise to discuss the possibility of breastfeeding during breaks and lunchtime, plus the options for flexible work hours if needed.
- Make note of the Minbie web address so that if you have any questions or concerns about breast or bottle feeding you can chat to one of our 24/7 customer care team.
Just as you’re going to have to transition to this new life as a working mom, your baby will have to get used to the changes too. You’re in this together, be kind to yourself and remember Mom, you're only human.
Here’s what other returning to work moms said about Minbie:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“About a week after I went back to work and she wasn’t eating the whole day while I was gone, I decided to get on Facebook where I had originally seen Minbie… It was worth every penny. I was so excited when I got home and it had been delivered...She took to it immediately.” Katie
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I am returning to work soon and had to get my 8 month old breastfed baby to drink from a bottle. I tried with other bottles and he would cry, get very upset and refuse to take them. I saw an ad for Minbie on my Facebook page, I read the reviews and thought I may as well try them. They arrived really quickly after ordering and as soon as I offered him the Minbie bottle he latched on straight away and we haven't looked back since! It's such a relief knowing that he will be fine once I return to work and I have Minbie to thank for this.”- Emily N
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I can’t tell you the relief I felt in that moment. I cried! It has seriously changed our lives...Now my sister, my husband, and my dad, who all watch her, have had successful feedings with her as well. It’s amazing to know that she has a full belly while I am at work. If I had any advice for new moms who have been struggling with the same situation I would say don’t hesitate in buying the Minbie. It’s been a life changer for us.” - Katie
⭐⭐⭐⭐"Fantastic product! My 6 month old had never taken a bottle. Returning to work meant breastfeeding was no longer possible! Tried numerous bottles... no luck till Minbie. It did take a while (we didn't get miracles) but he now loves his bottle (& still refuses any other type). Thank you Minbie for taking away one element of the stress of returning to work!"- Sarah. B