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06Nov 13

Gulping milk, not air: Anti-colic bottles for babies

Not long before our daughter Hannah was born, my husband Chris confessed that he was jealous that only I could breast-feed our newborn because of the intimate mother-baby bond we would have from the start. I had never thought about it before, but he was right!

I didn’t want him to feel left out, so I decided that we should buy a breast pump. Even though I planned to be a stay-at-home mum (and still am, at least until Hannah enters school), Chris could then share in those special moments feeding our baby as well as help out with middle-of-the-night feedings.

But that meant we had to find the right anti-colic bottles to feed her with.

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles

Air bubbles, be gone!

Our immediate worry was that bottle-feeding would make our baby suffer wind. Air in the tummy can be very uncomfortable not only for your baby – who may grimace, squirm, or cry for long bouts of time – but also for parents. I know it broke my heart every time Hannah cried, whatever the reason!

So after reading many online reviews of various baby bottles, we settled on the MAM Anti-Colic Bottles. They are designed with little holes in the bottom that allow air in. Seem counter-intuitive? That air actually creates pressure inside the bottle, which pushes on the milk and makes for a steady flow without bubbles.

The bottles worked really well, and we helped by making sure Hannah was upright when she was bottle-fed, like she was when she was breast-fed. She never suffered from terrible wind, but like many babies she still had to be burped from time to time, even after breast-feeding. We found that holding her upright and gently patting her on the back was the best way to relieve Hannah of any extra air trapped in her belly.

Self-sterilising bottle

The MAM bottles were also appealing to us because of the special teat made of soft silicone, which they say has a more familiar feel for babies because it is similar in texture to mum’s skin. Obviously, Hannah couldn’t confirm for us if this was why she took to the bottle without problems, but nonetheless, she did just that.

I also liked the fact that these are self-sterilising bottles. When we decided to pump, I had terrible visions of Chris and I, exhausted and standing over a hot stove, waiting for water to boil to sterilize the bottle. I’m happy to say those visions have not come true – all we have to do is fill the bottles with a bit of water and put them in the microwave for three minutes. Quick and easy!

Of course, we still have to wash them, but that isn’t too difficult as long as we remember to rinse them, if not fully clean them, immediately after they are used. Removing dried milk out of a bottle’s teat can be tough!

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