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When I found out I was pregnant with Aric, it came as a bit of a surprise! What wasn’t a surprise though was my plan to breastfeed. Nursing didn’t go smoothly with his big sister and I ended up exclusively pumping and bottle nursing her for the first three months of her life. When I went into my second pregnancy, I wanted to be able to both breast and bottle feed for a few different reasons. For one, I prefer the ease of bottle feeding. I also wanted my husband to be a part of the feeding process. I was nervous about the transition from breast to bottle but the Munchkin LATCH bottle makes that transition easy!
When my little man was born, he latched almost instantly! I was thrilled but was concerned about whether or not he would take a bottle with expressed breast milk. It was such a relief when the took those first sips from a bottle. What’s great about the Munchkin LATCH bottle is that the accordion style nipple moves, stretches, and functions like the breast which helps infants latch easily and properly, easing the transition from breast to bottle and vice versa. The LATCH bottle mimics mom by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base.
We’re currently using LATCH Stage 1 nipple flow which is specifically designed with a reduced rate to mimic the breast. Stage 2 and 3 LATCH nipples increase the flow as baby grows. I actually think we might be ready for stage 2 LATCH nipples so I’m looking forward to giving them a try with Aric!
I’ve been lucky enough to not experience colic with Aric (knock on wood) but experienced it with his big sister. Colic can be a nightmare so I can appreciate that the LATCH bottle’s accordion-style nipple reduces colic by flexing as my baby moves their head, allowing him to maintain his latch while decreasing air ingestion. The LATCH bottle also features an anti-colic valve at the bottom of the bottle which allows breast milk to flow while preventing air bubbles from traveling through the bottle. This reduces gas and fussiness which are symptoms of colic.
Whether feeding from breast or bottle, I love that gaze that my little man gives me and the connection I feel with him. It melts my heart when I see daddy cradling baby Aric in his arms and feeding him from his bottle or as we call it, his “ba”. It’s great that my husband can experience that connection and bonding experience when feeding Aric as well. I’m truly thankful of how easy it was to transition my little man to bottle.
When it comes to pacifiers, I found it funny that Aric refused them at first unlike his older sister who had one with her at all times as an infant! When I introduced the Munchkin LATCH pacifier to him, He sucked on it right away and I was totally impressed since he had been refusing pacifiers up until that point! The LATCH pacifier is lightweight, comfortable and the heart shaped shield allows the pacifier to fit right under my baby boy’s nose. They are definitely my go-to pacifier, in fact, they are the only pacifier we use when it comes to soothing my little man!
Munchkin LATCH bottles, pacifiers, and other products can be purchased at Target, Babies’R’Us and Munchkin.com. You can choose your bottle size and nipple stage to suit your baby’s feeding needs exclusively on Munchkin.com. Make sure to take advantage of the great discount when you buy more bottles on Munchkin.com and save up to 15% off your LATCH bottle purchase!
What beautiful, funny, or challenging moments did you experience while feeding your baby?
This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.