Today marks a huge milestone, I have exclusively breastfed for the first time for six weeks and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. It’s been a rollercoaster the past few weeks. I’ve endured cracked nipples, a milk bleb, pressure from family to give her formula when I struggled in the early days and an unbelievable oversupply. But I overcame it all and we are both thriving. It’s been an amazing journey so far.
Due to my oversupply, I had to pump. Some nights by boobs were so engorged I was convinced they were going to explode. I hand expressed for a few days before getting myself a manual pump. The relief was unreal and a lovely little supply built up in the fridge and freezer.
I have a few friends that have successfully given breast in a bottle and I have some who that have struggled to get baby to take a bottle at all, having been so used to the boob. With this in mind, I was very picky and choosey about what bottles I was going to use. I had been contacted through the blog to review three different types of bottles during my pregnancy, I turned down the first two without hesitation. Then a week before Kenzie arrived Chicco got in touch about these newly launched NaturalFeeling bottles.
Afer a little google I fell in love with the design and accepted the opportunity to review. The NaturalFeeling teat is shaped to ensure the same suction movements involved in breastfeeding, the bottle encourages the correct neck positioning with angled teat and they have twin anti-colic valves that help prevent air ingestion, gas, and reflux. They sounded perfect.
When it came to giving Kenzie her first Chicco NaturalFeeling bottle I was very nervous. I don’t know if this happens others but I had thoughts she would take the bottle and wouldn’t want the boob again. I had visions of expressing while eating breakfast, dinner, and tea. Thankfully that didn’t happen. There was not a bother to her, she took to the bottle perfectly. Joe, Kayla, and Frankie all got to bond over a bottle and I got some well-earned rest or played with Kadie.
The Chicco NaturalFeeling bottles come in three colours – white, pink and blue. They have a soft wide base and the angled teat always stay full of milk, reducing air intake. And they fit in my six-year-old microwavable Advent sterilizer too.
Kenzie gets a bottle of expressed milk every second day or so and we’ve never had any issues going back and forth from bottle to boob. It may or may not be the cleverly designed NaturalFeeling angled teat. We’ll never really know. What I do know is that we’ve had a very positive breastfeeding and bottle feeding experience and without a doubt, these bottles helped us on our journey.
Now for my next milestone.
Chicco NaturalFeeling bottles launched in the UK and Ireland in June and are available exclusively to Boots. If you want to know more about Chicco NaturalFeeling Bottles check out their website.
We received a selection of the new Chicco NaturalFeeling bottles for the purpose of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.