Welcoming a baby into the family is a life changing experience for everyone involved and it takes a while to get into the swing of a new routine.
In the early days, us mums have a lot to deal with, from the pain of everything healing downstairs to our milk coming in, the baby blues to the sheer exhaustion of looking after a tiny human.
One thing I was keen to do was to breastfeed, but it also left me anxious. Was Lilah getting enough milk, was she latched on correctly?
When my milk did come in, I really struggled with being engorged and getting Lilah to latch as my boobs were so hard. Thankfully I had great support from my midwife and breastfeeding counsellor who gave me lots of tips to help both me and Lilah.
One thing that really was a life saver was manually expressing some milk before each feed to make it easier for Lilah to latch on and I cannot believe how much milk I got out. It seemed a shame to waste it, so I got my mum to get me a steriliser, some milk storage bags and some bottles.
She opted for the MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic bottles which have a flat shape soft teat which simulates the mother’s nipple during breastfeeding and therefore fits perfectly in baby’s mouth. It is as close to breastfeeding as you can get, enabling an easy switch between bottle and breast. The bottle teat also features a soft lip rest and small mouthpiece which is ideal for newborns.
Lilah took to a bottle straight away and I love that I know exactly how much milk she is getting and that Paul can be involved with feeding her too.
He has been lucky enough to get 6 weeks paternity leave, so has been really hands on for Lilah’s first few weeks and because she is happy to take a bottle, he can feed her so I can have a bath or get some much needed sleep.
Other great features of this bottle is that it self-sterilises in the microwave without the need of a steriliser and has a unique ventilated base which helps to reduce colic.
I am going to continue combination feeding with Lilah as I hope to keep breastfeeding for at least a year, but do want to be able to leave her with her grandparents if we want to go out or for when I return to work.
The MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic bottle was named Mumsnet Best Baby Bottle 2020.
Did you choose combination feeding with your baby?
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