This is a sponsored post on behalf of Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign. As always all opinions are my own.
Image via Christy Buonomo Photography
I am proud to write that I’m a breastfeeding mama. Breastfeeding by far has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Yet, it’s been so rewarding. No book can ever prepare for you for breastfeeding a newborn child (nor can a class). You seriously need hands on experience. Every baby is different and whether or not they latch on with ease in the beginning makes all the difference. After laboring for hours and delivering a baby all you want to do is sleep and rest and recover. Yet, you are pushing through to nurture and take care of a little human being. A human being that you created. After 22 hours of laboring sitting at only 5cm dilated, spiking a fever, and elevated blood pressure I threw in the towel and opted for a c-section on my terms. The first question I asked before agreeing to having a c-section was when would I be able to breastfeed my baby. I knew that it was critical to breastfeed my baby as soon as humanly possible if I wanted to successfully be able to breastfeed for the first year of his life. When they said as soon as I was done being put back together and brought into recovery I knew I was going to be ok. It was my number one priority and goal. I wanted to breastfeed my baby. Before I knew all the work that entailed with breastfeeding I had a goal of one year. Then once I started to actually breastfeed and realized how hard it was I had a month-by-month goal. I’m now 7 months in and although in the back of my mind I have a year goal–I still take it month-by-month.
Image via Christy Buonomo Photography
I’m so grateful that Jon was so supportive in my desire to breastfeed. It is so incredibly important to have a solid support system. During the first few days and even week once we were home from the hospital he was by my side during every feeding. Helping me get Ryder to latch on. Once Ryder and I got the hang of it — it was just the two of us. I decided early on to pump and give Ryder a bottle. I broke all “rules” when it came to when its recommended to give your newborn a bottle. In an effort to help boost my supply I started pumping week 1. That first precious ounce I pumped I let Jon feed Ryder. All of the books and lactation consultants will tell you that someone other than the mother should feed baby a bottle to help avoid nipple confusion.
During the first two months we used the hospital issued bottles. They worked great until Ryder started eating more than 2 ounces. Then it was time to find a bottle that he would take too. I tried a handful of bottles until I finally found one that he would take. One issues I’ve always had with bottles is his little mouth leaking out that precious liquid gold. I recently had the chance to try the new Munchkin LATCH bottles. Boy, do I wish they were around 7 months ago when we started bottle feeding! These bottles mimic a mother’s breast and move around just like a breast/nipple does. The one-of-a-kind LATCH accordion nipple moves, stretches, and functions like the breast, helping baby latch easily and correctly. The Munchkin LATCH bottles were designed to help mama’s reach their breastfeeding goals and allowing baby to achieve the perfect latch.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve found is trying to find the nipple flow on a bottle to match my flow of milk. The Munchkin LATCH bottle was developed with Lactation Consultants, the LATCH bottle mimics a mother’s breast by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base. The LATCH Stage 1 nipple flow is specifically designed with a reduced rate to mimic the breast. As your baby grows you can upgrade to Stage 2 and 3 these allow you to increase the flow of milk as your baby grows. LATCH bottles are BPA free, too!
TMI, but, Ryder had challenges pooping early on, once he reached 4 months my pediatrician suggested we start to give him half apple juice/ half water to help move things along. I know feeding a baby juice is very controversial and everyone has opinions. For us, it worked and we were and still are ok with it. Now, I dilute the juice even more with water since he is past 6 months old. Ryder doesn’t drink juice every day, but I always have a juice bottle made and with me in case of an emergency if he needs his palate wet. In past bottle feedings he wore more of the milk/juice than he consumed.
Once we started using the Munchkin LATCH bottles the leaking immediately stopped. We realized this over the weekend as we sat outside at an art festival feeding Ryder a little milk. He was dry–not a drip was spilled. We were in shock. We thought our son just had a leaky mouth all these months. Nope it was clearly the bottle. He loves to move around while eating and the accordion nipple works perfect for this mover.
So, if you are breastfeeing mama and would like to reach your breastfeeding goals you can find the Munchkin LATCH bottles at Target. You can also enjoy free shipping at Munchkin.com using the code LOVELATCH, which will expire 12/31/14 (one per Customer; U.S. residents only).
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This Express Yourself post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.