When my daughter, Sienna, was born, I had little to no knowledge of transitioning to a bottle. Breastfeeding for at least a year was one of my goals, and I honestly didnâ€™t think about the need for a bottle, forgetting that I might actually enjoy more than a couple hours away every once in awhile! Luckily for those moms who are doing their research in preparation for the very helpful option of using a bottle, even if just for the chance of the occasional moment away from baby, Munchkin has designed a great bottle system to make the transition from breast to bottle (and back!) much easier. We were chosen to write a sponsored post about the Munchkin LATCH system – all opinions are my own, honest thoughts.
I got very lucky because Sienna latched instantly without a problem, and we had very few problems with breastfeeding at the beginning, so I figured reaching my one year goal would be a piece of cake. From birth to six months, it was! Then we found out that weâ€™re expecting baby number two. And breastfeeding became more difficult.
Surprise! Being pregnant can decrease your milky supply. Who knew? I sure didnâ€™t. Very shortly after finding out Iâ€™m pregnant again, I had to start supplementing with formula. It was devastating! This meant, however, that I had to transition Sienna, at least part of the time, to bottles. This also meant the increased risk of colic and the risk that she wouldnâ€™t take to a bottle nipple.
Thereâ€™s so much more to transitioning to a bottle than I expected. Before having a baby, I would have figured you give the baby a bottle, she takes it; I also figured this about the boob – put a boob in her face, sheâ€™ll eat. Yes, we did get lucky with this, but I know itâ€™s not always that easy (and Sienna was so easy that #2 has me nervous; I canâ€™t possibly get that lucky twice!).
So hereâ€™s where the Munchkin LATCH bottle system comes in. The bottle itself has an anti-colic valve at the bottom, which allows breast milk or formula to flow without allowing bubbles to travel through it, helping to reduce gas. Increased gas was another thing I discovered when we had to start using bottles – I thought Sienna was gassy before!
The LATCH accordion nipple is different than other options, too. It moves, stretches, and functions like a breast nipple, allowing your baby to latch properly and more easily, and to maintain this latch. The nipples are available in stages 1, 2, and 3. I did a lot of research on nipple stages before choosing stage 1 for Sienna, and that is what we stuck with the whole time. I didnâ€™t want the flow overwhelming her, and stage 1 mimics the flow straight from the breast. For babies who decide this might be too slow (Sienna is a guzzler!), you can work them up to stage 2 or 3 LATCH nipples.
So if youâ€™re transitioning your baby to a bottle – whether it be because you are pumping and going back to work, you have a supply issue and need to supplement with formula, whatever the reason – the Munchkin LATCH system is designed to ease the transition for you and your baby. Colic is no fun (take it from someone with first hand experience!), so having a bottle system that helps reduce its likelihood is amazing. Munchkin also carries a breast pump adapter, so thereâ€™s no worry about the bottles working with your pump.
Check Out Sienna Enjoying her Munchkin LATCH bottle!
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