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Medela -Calma review!

Today, moms prefer to breast feed their babies longer to help them bond with their babies and with the help of great breast-feeding supplies it has become practical and possible.

Medela is a most sought after brand that provides, superior-quality breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world and when I heard they have launched Calma I was keen to give it a shot because I wanted to breast-feed without being overwhelmed and was worried if I give her expressed milk in normal teat bottles she might give up BF for the easiness of bottle. So here’s my review:

PROS

  • In calma bottle baby need to suck the teat to get milk similarly when we breast-feed them.
  • When the baby takes the bottle in his mouth he latches on so they don’t feel nipple confusion and learn to latch on better.
  • Vacuum system and BPA free teat allows less air to pass through the bottle into the baby belly.
  • They don’t leak when upside down so no worries on milk spilling.
  • One size nipple is used for babies.
  • Very easy to use, babies get hang of it very quickly.

CONS

  • Its an expensive bottle, can cost you around INR 1600 in India, but if you get it from USA then you might get it around INR 800
  • This tiny teat is made of 5 parts, makes it difficult to handle and clean.
  • Nipple is quite long so sometimes you feel that baby might not able to suck but not a very significant issue.
  • Babies fill up their mouth with lot of milk while sucking so you might have to be careful of baby choking.
  • Bottle cap doesn’t snap properly so I constantly worry on loosing it.

MY TAKE:

  • It’s a very innovative product and does mimic breast-feeding and It’s definitely for babies who have difficulty in transitioning between breasts and bottle-feed. So, for first you might buy the cheaper one and see if it works for you
  • For working mom who wish to exclusively breast-feed, they should consider it.
  • Would not recommend it for formula fed babies though I have seen few of moms using it. But, if you offer formula milk and BF then its fine but make sure it’s mixed well and has no lumps.

They retail at few Mother care outlets across India. You can even buy online at www.healthkart.com.

Disclaimer: I received this product for review and I have been using this product for past 7th months. The views on this product are totally mine and so may vary.

Comments on: "Medela -Calma review!" (6)

  1. Nice post Vandana! I exclusively breastfed for 1 year and then suddenly one day my daughter stopped cold turkey. I guess she got more interested in her surroundings than the long breastfeeding sessions. She immediately took to the bottle and I never got the transition time. But all is well that ends well. Right?

  2. @ Swapna: totally :-) idea is to stay happy and do best for your babies :-) after all happy parents make happy babies :-)

  3. Vandana its so important to get the right bottle for the baby. Zoey was breastfed exclusively till 9 months, and we gradually started bottles. We use the Avent newborn flow teats with avent bottles :) Medela Breastpump i have used , though not the bottles :) very good post here….I wrote an exhaustive review a month back on similar lines, though not a product review http://www.mommygyan.com/bottlefeeding-a-breastfed-baby-part-1-of-2/ http://www.mommygyan.com/bottle-feeding-a-breastfed-baby-part-2-of-2/ … Love the topics you cover, good going :)

    • Yeah.. Thanks…deciding things on what to do and how to do for our babies is such a conscious choice that we make keeping in mind our needs :) all mommies do similar things yet so different…. and i often question myself on how other mommy do this :)!!!

      Your post is very informative :) how other mommy did it… Helps new mommy to evolve in their own unique way :) cheers to mommy hood !

  4. Today moms are becoming conscious about the necessity of breast feeding and take out time to breast feed their babies despite of busy schedule. Medela -Calma seems to be a good substitute and comes with lots of advantages. Thanks for the nice review.

    • Thanks Shruti! I totally believe that today’s modern mum should have all the tools and gadgets yet how she wants to do is entirely upon her :). A great tool can help you keep up on your commitment :)… There have been so many times that my family suggested to give her formula and sometime I wanted to give because i was just plain tired but breast pumps and these accesories made me move on :) they let you claim your life even when you are mom :)

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