One of the posts I see most regularly on many parent blogger sites are the ones discussing feeding a new baby. There are many opinions out there as to how to do it right, which is best and lots of people stressing about how little or how much they are eating. I have to say, right now, I am not worrying about it in the slightest but I have a feeling that when the time comes I may feel different!
When I had Grace I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I don’t I realised just how tough it would be though. I had watched my mum breastfeed all of my brothers and sisters over the years and it seemed to come naturally to her. I presumed I would be the same and I suppose, to an extent, I was.
As soon as I had given birth, I made sure that Grace latched on and it felt like the most natural thing in the world. As time went on, and things progressed, my nipples got extremely sore. My left breast also seemed to confuse her a little as I had a pimple below my nipple! I started to attend the breastfeeding clinics at the local hospital which did help to an extent. Another thing that helped was using Bach’s Rescue Remedy cream as a replacement for nipple cream. This was suggested by my mum and it really did help so I shall be looking into it this time around too.
One of the things I wasn’t prepared for was Grace’s father’s jealousy. Already having a hard time with him, he started to say that I was breastfeeding him to spite him(!) and that I was trying to take her away from him. I used to pass her over to him once she had finished for winding but this didn’t seem to help.
As a result, I decided to look at combining breastfeeding with formula and try and do a bit of each. I wasn’t prepared for this at all though and, because I thought that breastfeeding would be straightforward, I had no bottles in the house. Then it came down to which formula to choose. It was no wonder poor Grace suffered from colic.
Planning this time
This time around I plan to be much more organised. I have also had a number of discussions with Ross as to how we are going to share the load. We both have the benefit of working from home for the majority of our time and, because we freelance, we can split the time up in a way that suits us both.
I would still like to breastfeed but understand that in some cases it just isn’t possible. Either way, it will mean that we need a feeding system in place whether I am going to express or use formula. There are plenty of different formulas on the market such as those stocked by Diapers.com. If I am breastfeeding then I would like the bottles we use to be as breast-like as possible.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature
Tommee Tippee recently got in touch to see if I would like to receive one of their Closer to Nature complete feeding sets. After taking a look through the details for the product, I was sold! Especially with the fact that the teats for their bottles are breast-like for a natural latch and to help a smooth transition from breast to bottle. So, whether we breastfeed or formula feed, I feel like we are in safe hands here.
The benefits of a Closer to Nature Teat
- Natural feel teat for “just like Mum” feedings
- Easy latch teat for smooth transition between breast and bottle
- Optimum venting valve with slow flow teat for less air intake and less discomfort for baby
- Always BPA free for your ultimate reassurance
- Teats are available in slow, medium, fast and vari-flow
- All teats are sold in a 2 count pack
(Teats compatible with Closer to Nature Baby Bottle only.)
The Complete Feeding Set
This time around I have no fears about not being organised. Not only do I have massive amounts of support in the forms of Ross, Grace, Ross’ parents and my family but I feel much more settled compared to last time. This means I feel pretty confident about how I will handle feeding the baby – whichever route we choose.
The Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set has made it easier for me in the fact that it contains the following:
- Electric Steam Steriliser
- Travel Steriliser
- Electric Bottle and Food Warmer
- 3 x 150ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles
- 5 x 260ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles
- 2 x Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Medium Flow Teats
- 2 x Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Fast Flow Teats
- 4 x Milk Storage Lids
- 6 x Milk Powder Dispensers
- 2 x Insulated Bottle Bags
- 1 x Bottle and Teat Brush
I am also hoping to pair all of this with their Express and Go Electric Breast Pump so please come back in around 5 months time and I will let you know how I am getting on.
I have to say that I firmly believe that there is no right or wrong way to feed your baby just so long as you are doing what is best for you both. Always seek help from the health professionals if you are unsure or experiencing problems. That is what they are there for and this is what really helped me the last time around.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Tommee Tippee and their representatives for providing us with the Closer to Nature Feeding Set. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.