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My Breastfeeding Journey

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Before the kids were born R and I decided that we would breastfeed the kids to give them the best start to life. We had been researching on the benefits of giving our kids breast milk and were certain that we wanted them to get the antibodies that were present in it. It was also the prefect source of nutrient for our babies and reduce the chance of them developing any allergies.

Breastfeeding didn’t start off easy for me with kid #1  back in 2004 as he had problems latching on due to the hereditary tongue tie (Ankyloglossia) problem that he suffered from.

Monkey boy had difficulty sucking and used his gums to press on the breast causing the nipples to bleed even though he was a newborn. Hubby went out and bought AVENT bottles for Monkey boy to use as the nipples were shaped to be most like the breast and would be easily acceptable by him. Luckily the bottles were agreeable with him or else we would have more problem feeding him.

Only after his tongue tie was released at 8 weeks did he start to latch on properly.  However by that time he had grown accustomed to bottles and didn’t fancy latching on for a feed.

When I was breastfeeding  him I suffered from engorgement and other related problems. Being a new inexperienced mom and having relatives which were pro formula also contributed in me stopping breastfeeding him at 6 months old. Actually I might have even stopped even earlier if not for R encouraging me to continue at it and try to continue breastfeeding Monkey boy till he was at least 6 months old.

When Doggie boy was born in 2006 I was more determined to see that he would be breastfed for an extended period of time. To support me in my breastfeeding journey R bought me a breastfeeding shawl to make breastfeeding easier this time. Previously with Monkey boy I used the sling as a cover and it didn’t work as well in keeping the baby covered well during breastfeeding.

He also bought me an Philips AVENT  Breast Pump so that he could help feed the boy with the expressed breast milk in bottles while I take a breather or was occupied with the older kid. It was an opportunity for the hubs to help out in feeding the baby and enjoy a father and son bonding moment.

When Tiger girl was born in 2010 R helped out by taking care of the boys while I was breastfeeding the girl. He too help to burp her after each feed if he was around. It was the way he bonded with his little girl besides taking turn to do the bathing and diapering.

Doggie boy and Tiger girl  were also born with Ankyloglossia like his older brother but we detected it earlier on as 2nd time parents. We got the pediatrician to do the snip to release the tongue tie while both of them were still in the hospital. As a result both Doggie boy and Tiger girl didn’t have problem latching on from birth. I could do without bringing bottles out when I went out with the kids. Doggie boy was breastfed for 2years and 6 months while Tiger girl was recently weaned at 2years 8 months.

the 3 kids

The 3 kids now

Seeing my babies grow up healthy I’m glad that I have persisted in breastfeeding them. All three seldom fall sick and are only suffer  the  odd cough and cold now and then. We also have a close bond and they look for both hubby and me as both of us have been active in feeding them since young.

What is your breastfeeding story?

 

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Philips AVENT new Natural Bottles

The gift package

The gift package

A few weeks before  the Philips AVENT launch we received this package from the organizers with the baby shower invitation. Upon unraveling  the package I was thrilled to see a selection of bottles which I could test  out with Tiger girl.

AVENT Comfort Bottles

AVENT Comfort Bottles

There has been changes in the design of the bottle since the last time I used it with the boys.  The bottle is lighter and more ergonomically friendly for the little hands. It is also BPA free.

The new designed teat Photo by Philip AVENT

The new Natural range  features a wide, breast-shaped teat promises high acceptance and an almost instant latch on, as well as preventing nipple and teat confusion when mothers switch between bottles and breastfeeding.

The new unique comfort petals and silicone teat with high flexibility and stretch, preventing teat collapse and a more natural and uninterrupted feed.

The new, advanced anti-colic Natural bottle not only prevents, leaks but also reduces colic. This makes the bottle  extremely useful for younger babies who may suffer from the discomforts related to colic.

My eldest, Monkey boy suffered from colic when he was a baby. It was one of the reasons why we chose to use AVENT bottles back then. It was a decision which I never regretted.

 

Having a colicky baby is something which added on the stress of being a new mother back then and luckily the discomforts he suffered were minimized through the use of AVENT bottles.

I love how the teats  in this new design are much softer and comfortable to suck on as compared to the old design. The parts of the bottle dismantle easily making cleaning it a breeze.

It would be good if they had even bigger sizes available for older kids like Tiger girl as I had to refill her milk bottle twice each time she uses it as the max capacity is only 260ml.

 

Tiger girl trying out the bottle

Tiger girl trying out the bottle

Tiger girl took to the new bottle instantly and has been asking to have her milk in it nightly. She is able to hold the bottle easily with her hands and the bottle doesn’t leak even though she tilts it while drinking. It is light enough for her to hold and finish up the milk. However she had some trouble removing the cap of the bottle by herself and needs assistance to get it off.

Holding the bottle with one hand

Holding the bottle with one hand

Tiger girl is certainly one happy girl as she loves her new milk bottle.

 

Philips AVENT Natural  bottles can be purchased from all major department stores.

However it can be quite costly as the prices are as follows:

125ml/4 oz retails at $17.90 (Single pack) or $30.90 (Twin pack)

260ml/ 9 oz retails at $20.90 (Single pack) or $36.90 (Twin Pack)

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Disclaimer: This is the 2nd part of a 3 part conversation  with Philips AVENT.  This post has a compensation level of 13. For more information visit our disclosure page.