My Experience With Munchkin LATCH Bottle System for Breastfeeding Moms: Baby Number 2

This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.

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Now that baby number 2 is here (and his much anticipated arrival was 10 days late!), I’ve started on the breastfeeding journey again. This time I was more informed on the possibilities of trouble with latch, colic, and other breastfeeding problems, including issues with bottle feeding. Like with Sienna, my intent is to breastfeed Connor for at least a year, which means occasional pumping and feeding him expressed milk. I was more than happy to learn that Munchkin wanted us to write another sponsored post on the Munchkin LATCH system – all opinions are my own.

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Sienna using Munchkin LATCH

Connor Using Munchkin LATCH

Connor Using Munchkin LATCH

Connor has had very little bottle experience until now. I did, unfortunately, have to supplement with formula in the hospital because my supply of colostrum – the antibody rich milk we ladies produce for the first few days after giving birth, before our milk comes in – wasn’t satisfying him (even though he spent, and I kid you not, 6+ hours straight on the boob on day 1!). Luckily, this only happened twice while in the hospital, and my milk came in about 36 hours after he was born (I guess those 6+ hour helped!). This meant that his experience with a bottle only consisted of the pre-made formula bottles that the hospital uses, until the other day. My husband and I have been stressed out and decided we needed a day of relaxation. I had some breast milk stored up in the freezer, and we had his mom watch the babies for a few hours so we could have some us time. I brought the LATCH bottle system down for her to try out with Connor, and it was a huge success!

Some back story on Connor – he has reflux and bad gas issues, and is on medication for both. They help, but don’t get rid of the problems completely. I was a little worried about the bottle, but the LATCH system performed beyond my expectations. I knew it worked well from the experience with Sienna, but with Connor, it just amazed me. Now, I wasn’t there to see it, but my mother-in-law let me know that Connor had zero issues with his reflux / gas after feeding from the bottles. ZERO. This is the first time since about week one (and he is now 5 weeks old) that he was able to eat and not be in pain!

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Munchkin LATCH

So, for those of you who haven’t heard about the Munchkin LATCH system, it is designed to ease transition from breast to bottle. It features an accordion nipple that functions like the breast and flexes when your baby moves his or her head, which helps your baby latch properly and maintain that latch, one way it helps to reduce the possibility of colic. It also features an anti-colic valve in the bottom to allow milk to flow without air bubbles traveling through it. It is also BPA free, and has stage 1, 2, and 3 nipples. Stage 1 is designed to mimic the reduced flow of the breast, and it is what we used until Sienna stopped using the bottle, and what we will probably use until Connor is done with the bottle, as well. I definitely recommend stage 1 for babies who are mostly breastfed and those who have a tendency to guzzle.

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Munchkin LATCH pacifier

Munchkin LATCH also carries BPA free pacifiers that are lightweight to stay in your baby’s mouth and heart shaped to fit comfortably under his or her nose.

The Munchkin LATCH system is available at Target and Babies’R’Us, as well as on Munchkin’s website, where you can find the different bottle sizes and nipple stages and where the more bottles you buy, the more you save – up to 15% off your purchase.

This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.

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