'If you are breastfeeding and want to bottle feed at the same time, I highly recommend these bottles.'
Both times, I had planned to express my milk and give my baby a bottle, but both times I left it too late. My first son never actually took a bottle because I suppose I was concentrating on trying to perfect breastfeeding.
Now that I am able to sit back and reflect I do wish I had trained my son to take a bottle. It would have given me a little bit of freedom and may have even made our nights a little bit easier.
With my second son I attempted to introduce a bottle after 3.5 months of exclusively breastfeeding. I tried a few different brands including Avent, Tommee Tippee, Dr Browns and Medula, but he did not take to any. He would either just refuse the bottle completely or he would be chewing on the teat.
To be honest I wasn’t trying to introduce a bottle so I could leave him and got out. I wanted to try the bottle so that I could measure how much milk he was taking, to ensure that he was sleeping on a full stomach through the night.
After exhausting all my options and at the point where I was considering giving up, an NCT friend suggested I try the Minbie bottles. After conducting my own research, I thought that this product might be worth trying.
Initially the bottles were out of stock and they didn’t come back into stock until my son was 7 months old. By this point it seemed pointless as he was eating and drinking out of a beaker, but part of me still really wanted to try them out, so I still went ahead and ordered one.
It arrived with two teats and it explained how the nipple needs to be facing up so that it feels like feeding of the breast.
Before I gave him the bottle, I had a preconceived notion that this product would be similar to the other bottles in that it would be ineffective. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at my sons’ response and he took to the bottle almost immediately.
If you are breastfeeding and want to bottle feed at the same time, I highly recommend these bottles. My son who had been breastfed exclusively for 7 months took to this bottle with such ease, and I can quite confidently say that a younger baby should also quite comfortably take to this bottle.
They have a wide range of different teats for different ages, and all of this information can be found on their website www.minbie.co.uk.
I have taken some details directly from the website, which highlights the features of the bottle. The teat has been designed specifically to enable babies to move between the breast and the bottle.
There are many different bottles, teats and full kits you can choose from depending on the needs and your babies age.
Even though, I started this bottle a little later than I would have liked, I appreciate the flexibility it has given me. I have found this bottle to be very effective. The shape of the teat enables an easy transition between the breast and the bottle and this feature means my son will comfortably take water from the bottle through the night.
On a recent trip abroad to Abu Dhabi, I found the Minbie bottle to be extremely useful. Given the extreme temperatures, I felt comfortable knowing that we had a bottle that my son would enjoy drinking from thus keeping him well hydrated.
Unfortunately, on the last night of our trip, I accidentally left our Minbie bottle in a restaurant and we had to return home without it. Now my son is eleven months old I do not think he really need this bottle but to be honest I want him to stay a little baby as long as he can, so I may order a new one very soon.
Lots of Love
Mum to boys