I used the Calma bottles with my baby since he was about 6 weeks old. I liked that the nipple replicates breast feeding so it can help with a smoother transition between breast and bottle. My baby drank very well from it until about 5 months old. He lost patience with the flow and would spill a lot of milk. It says it can be used from newborn onwards, but my baby lost interest in it. They are a little pricey (about $20 for one nipple) but I think the quality is really good. I'd recommend this to someone with a newborn who is breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
i use it when my boy was few months old , it was perfect i like it and he did too , i hate that it has many parts to clean
This bottle is expensive and my son hated it . The nipple is very awkward for him to suck on and it is odd to clean. It was a waste of money.
I used these bottle until my son was 4 months & he enjoyed them. I like the function of having to actually suck the milk out. Not too happy that the nipple had so many parts that have to be cleaned out.
This bottle is wonderful. If your breastfeeding your baby and have to give them a bottle this is the way to go. It took a bit for the baby to get used to and the design does take a bit of time to put the nipples together but once you've got it its great. The way the nipple works allows a small stream of milk to be released making the baby make the correct sucking motion to get the milk. Its not a passive feeding experience where the baby just guzzles the milk as it comes out. It tries to mimic the human breast as much as it can and eases the transition from breast to bottle.
I originally chose this bottle because I read the claims about fewer ear infections and that it was closest to breastfeeding. I am now using it on my second child and I am really impressed with this product. The price is a little daunting. It is much more expensive than any other nipple/bottle on the market but after using it on two children I can tell you that I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again despite the price tag.
I have been using the calma nipples and bottles in combination with breastfeeding. Both of my children have switched seamlessly between the calma nipple and breastfeeding. They have not experienced any nipple confusion that can be associated with other types of nipples.
The calma nipple takes a lot of suction to use much like breastfeeding. The baby has to suck hard to fill the nipple with milk/formula and when the baby stops sucking the milk stops flowing unlike other nipples which can drown the baby in milk.
Another fantastic feature of the calma nipple is that although it comes with a bottle it actually fits on any regular sized bottle mouth allowing you the flexibility of adding it to the bottle of your choice.
As for the claim of fewer ear infections I am happy to report that my 2 year old has yet to experience an infection.
The claims regarding the Calma system is that it's as close to actual breastfeeding as possible because baby needs to suck in order for milk to come out (avoids nipple confusion). Sounds reasonable, and that's why we bought that as our first bottle. In hindsight, I'm not sure how true that is because we switched to Dr. Brown's and baby still needs to suck (although not as hard) to get milk out. As with everything, maybe every baby's different, but our baby never seemed to have issues with nipple confusion.
So marketing aside, I had a couple of issues with the nipple. I found that it would often leak when turned upside down, and when you're trying to feed a baby that may be swiping at the bottle and knocking it out of your hands, that can be an issue. It's also an issue when you're trying to bring a bottle of milk out with you and it leaks during your travels as it gets tossed around in your bag.
The only thing I miss about the Medela bottle is that it was much easier to clean than the Dr. Brown's that I'm currently using. However, that's not enough reason for me to continue using it. After we switched baby to Dr. Brown's she wouldn't go back to Medela. I think it may be because she had to suck extra hard compared to the Dr. Brown's.
...and come to think of it, having to suck that hard isn't even mimicking real breastfeeding because if anything, at least with our baby, milk would just start flowing...sometimes even spraying when she was on the breast!
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