Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Medela Review & Giveaway



I received a sample for the sole purpose of this review
Nursing has been super important to me this time around. I never tried with my 6.5 year old and I tried with my 2 year old, but he had a terrible latch and I ended up pumping for almost 3 months for him. I definitely wanted to be able to successfully nurse this time around and am happy to say that today is day 9 and he has not had 1 drop of formula. 

Even though establishing a breastfeeding relationship is very important, I also wanted a few bottles on hand so my husband and babysitters could feed Liam as well. I knew that the Medela Calma was a great bottle on the market for switching between breast and bottle. 

I really like the design of it and it's different from any other bottle out there. Being it's from Medela (a leading brand in breastfeeding), I knew it would be wonderful.



It has a totally open nipple on top. One may think that this would drown your baby, but the reality is it doesn't.
The nipple is 3 parts. On the part on the right you can see a very small hole for milk to get through. On the middle part, there is a very tiny pin point hole that milk comes through. 
Very tiny hole!

When the baby sucks a small stream comes out the nipple and it definitely mimics the breast and breastfeeding.

We have used this bottle a couple times now and Liam doesn't really take to it, BUT he hasn't taken any bottle very well, I think he just prefers mama!

Overall this bottle is amazing though, it doesn't drown your child and cause them to overeat like most bottles do. With most bottles the stream is constant and it can cause them to overeat and choke, spit up, etc. This bottle isn't like that and it allows them to eat on their own pace. It doesn't drip out when tipped over at all.

"Calma was developed using evidence-based research on babies' natural feeding behavior, so you can enjoy your breastfeeding bond longer. Your baby has a unique sucking pattern, including pauses to swallow and breathe. By using Calma, your baby is able to feed and pause naturally. This helps to slow down the feed and results in a calm and relaxed baby during and after feeding. This natural feeding behavior supports easy transition from bottle back to breast."

 Price: 5oz bottle is $19.99 and the 9oz is $24.99. YES it's pricey, but really you only NEED 1-2 bottles anyway, so invest in a good one and go from there!

Overall: *****
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Medela in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Medela for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway



52 comments:


Rachel Hackett said...

This will be my first child and I plan to breastfeed for long as I can and for as long as he wants.


Em Ma said...

I have breastfed my other children, but I'm thinking about bottle feeding my next child due to a crazy work schedule - still on the fence


Robyn said...

I'm expecting my first baby in June and my goal is to breastfeed as long as i can


Jenny Sims said...

I pumped exclusively with my first, and have been breastfeeding since day one with my second, for almost four months now!


Meagan England said...

I plan on it!


diamondgirl said...

I plan on it


aperry said...

I am currently tandem nursing my 3.5 year old and my 14 month old boys.


JLin Mei said...

6 month


Darlene said...

My daughter-in-law does plan on breastfeeding. Her daughter will be two in Feb. and she just stopped breastfeeding because she is pregnant.


Tamar said...

I breastfed two children. But I pumped. I couldn't do it from breasts. I didn't have enough milk and needed to get medicine from overseas to help.


Nikki cunningham said...

I'm 20 weeks pregnant with my second and still breastfeed my daughter whos almost 2 and once the baby arrives I intend to breastfeed both but pump so daddy can help with night feedings.


Julie D. said...

I do intend to breastfeed.


petchk79 said...

I breastfed my first daughter until she was 11 months old (she weaned herself, I was going to go longer, but she was ready to be done!) I have another daughter due in the next 4 weeks and I intend to breastfeed her as well!


jeanette sheets said...

i did and now i want this for my neice to use


Colleen Maurina said...

My daughter breastfed her son for almost 11 months and plans to so the same with my new grandchild due soon! She is a teacher so needs to pump!

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Renee Walters said...

I plan on it! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Reneewalters3 at yahoo dot com


Ashley said...

I made it to 11 months with each of my kids, hoping to go to at least year with baby #3

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Aubrey said...

This bottle seems so different from other bottles that are out there.


Laura said...

I intend on breastfeeding


Xty C said...

Yes, I plan to as long until 6 months


Christina said...

This will be. Y first, I hope to break feed if all goes well. My sister had problems breast feeding her 1st, she is a professional now so I have a great coach/guide.


Jennifer McClearn said...

I have been breastfeeding my 3rd baby for almost 6 months. I want to go for at least a year. I really want to try the calma thanks for the chance


bbrittbrat1398 said...

I intend to breastfeed.
Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com


Tiffany Schmidt said...

With my first 20 months, bc I wasn't working outside the home. With #2, exclusively 8 weeks, then pumped. This one I hope to carry on the natural decision!


Phelank said...

I am currently on baby number 2. My 1st baby was breastfed for 2 years. I intend to breastfed my 2nd for just as long.


jakiesmom said...

I breasted my son for 19 months


A. Truckenmiller said...

I'm currently nursing my 19 month old and I plan on nursing this new baby for at least one year.


Joanna R. said...

I plan on breastfeeding.


Jillian T said...

My sister-in-law plans to breastfeed.


MidgeLidge said...

I plan to breast feed, and then when I go back to work, I plan to pump and breastfeed.


Kasi Hill Erwin said...

We had latch issues, so I've been exclusively pumping for my daughter for over 11 months!


jlee said...

I breastfed both of my boys until they were 13-14 months old and they were ready to wean then. I'm going to do it with my third as well.


Jessica said...

I plan on breastfeeding baby #2. I made it 13 months with my daughter before she self weaned, so I will probably do the same with this baby and let them go till he/she is done.


Katie said...

I nursed my first child for 13 months and plan to do about the same for my next little one on the way.


Catherine said...

I wanted to try these but was scared at the price!


Sarah McKelvy said...

I'm pregnant with Baby #2, and I intend to breastfeed. I breastfed DD for 23 months.


Devon F said...

With my first I nursed for 14 months. I hope to make it at least to 12 mo with my next!


brendaelsner said...

I breastfed for 3 months.


Erica C. said...

Haven't had a chance yet, but plan to try!


Karen Drake said...

I tried to breastfeed with my daughter but wasn't able to for very long, I love the design of this bottle.


Caroline B said...

I would like to breastfeed!


Danielle jones said...

I want this for my sister in law. She plans to breast feed.


stracey2010 said...

I tried breast feeding with both my boys but I don't produce well, they both breast feed about 4 months before switching to bottles


Saver Sara said...

My baby just turned 5 months yesterday and we are going strong. My bf my first until 17 months.


Candie L said...

I did breast feed my children when they were little. I was hoping to have this for a baby shower. thank you

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Susan Smoaks said...

i intend to breastfeed for at least the first year.


CarrieAnn13 said...

I nursed for 15 months with my first and thirteen months with my second


tina reynolds said...

i did with my last and will again


Tylerpants said...

I breastfed for almost two years. Lisa L tylerpants(at)gmail.com


Melanie Montgomery said...

I haven't decided yet


Breanne said...

I intend to


trixx said...

I nursed for two years