My second daughter was born rather dramatically via emergency C-section where she had to spend her first week of life in a NICU ward at the hospital. Thankfully everything worked itself out, but during that time I was extremely stressed about the situation (to say the least) and had difficultly with my milk. It eventually came in - but I started by supplementing and using bottles. I was so thankful to have a collection of Lansinoh mOmma Bottles on-hand with their rounded and wide-shaped nipple that allowed my baby to easily drink from. When I returned to work, I used these bottles with pumped milk that worked with her natural sucking patterns as it controlled the flow with a series of sucks and pauses. As no ordinary bottle, I had the pleasure to learn more about the science behind this unique model with Gina Ciagne, official spokesperson for Lansinoh Laboratories.
Momtrends: Can you describe the science behind the new bottle?
Gina Ciagne: All Lansinoh mOmma bottles are ergonomically designed with round shapes so they are easy for baby to hold. Also, round shape makes it easy-to-clean and easy for mom to put expressed breastmilk into the wide-mouth opening bottle.
Momtrends: Can you describe the nipple technology?
Gina: Today'??s modern mom, who is often on-the-go or back to work, might need to be separated from her breastfed baby. She still deserves all the help and support available to make her breastfeeding journey a successful one. That'??s why Lansinoh introduced the Lansinoh mOmma Bottle, featuring the NaturalWave'?¢ Peristaltic Nipple.
To initiate the first step of breastfeeding, a baby attaches by extending her lips outward to form suction on her mother'??s areola. From this position, the baby uses a wave-like tongue motion called '??peristaltic movement'? to remove milk from the nipple. To swallow, the back of the baby'??s tongue rises to transfer milk down to the esophagus.
The Lansinoh mOmma NaturalWave Peristaltic Nipple is designed to encourage natural sucking process, helps babies shift seamlessly from the breast to the bottle and back by maintaining familiarity with natural breastfeeding patterns. It also encourages the baby to draw the milk out using the same oral and tongue movements as when breastfeeding, controlling the flow with a series of sucks and pauses, making this an option specially designed for breastfeeding moms and their babies. It also reduces potential nipple confusion/preference in babies where the breastfeeding relationship has already been established. The bottles are also soft and textured on inside with grooves to enable the nipple to be compressed so baby has to work at getting the milk out as when breastfeeding but not completely compressible so milk does not flow when baby sucks on nipple
Momtrends: Is there any truth to baby's having nipple confusion if they both breastfeed and bottle feed?
Gina: Yes. When milk flows too quickly or easily out of a common, artificial nipple, there'??s a risk that breastfed babies will opt to use the '??easier'?? method, and might start to prefer the artificial nipple over mom/at-the-breast feeding. We want to ensure that breastfeeding continues as long as possible, even if mom and baby are apart. The bottles gives mom confidence that her baby will take a bottle when she is away, but return to the breast when she'??s back.
Momtrends: Do you have any tips for moms that are having a hard time with breastfeeding?
Gina: Babies are supposed to eat a lot/nurse a lot-- its normal!
a. The newborn tummy is size of a small marble and because breastmilk is more easily digested than formula, breastfed babies poop a lot and their little tummies need to be refilled more often.
a. Watch baby'??s feeding cues (smacking lips, moving head around seemingly looking for the nipple, sucking on fingers) and don'??t watch the clock.
b. Don'??t time your nursing sessions'??some babies eat in five minutes, some take longer but you want to watch the baby for when she is finished and comes off the breast when she is full.
Ask for help'??simple issues can turn complex if not addressed
a. Lactation consultants can be found by searching ILCA.org database
b. La Leche League groups around the country (and world) lalecheleague.org
Avoid supplementing with formula as it can interrupt supply and mother'??s milk is specifically made by mom for her baby and the baby'??s specific nutritional needs.
a. Its composition changes as baby grows; formula does not change and is not specifically made for a specific baby
b. If you do supplement or feed expressed breastmilk with a bottle, be sure to pump during that feeding so body gets the signal to keep making milk
You can offer artificial nipples only after breastfeeding is established. In general this is around four to six weeks so that mom and baby get breastfeeding well established and so that baby can establish supply.
a. Feeding and/or pumping (direct feeding is ideal) on the same schedule throughout the day and at night is important so the body does not miss signal to make milk.
Gina Ciagne is the Senior Director of Professional Relations and official spokesperson for Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a La Leche League International- trained breastfeeding peer counselor and has worked with many breastfeeding mothers.
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