Munchkin LATCH Bottle

Breast Or Bottle? A question lots of Parents ask themselves and the answer is simple; which ever works for you and your baby!photo 1 (25)

We all know that healthcare professionals are pushing breastfeeding and that’s great, if you want to breastfeed OR if you CAN! But for some, it’s either not possible or they want to use a combination of both and this is where the Munchkin LATCH bottle is perfect.

I wish I had these when Isabella was smaller as she didn’t feed well from a bottle until she was about 6 months old. I felt it was because she got so much trapped air from her bottle that she just wouldn’t settle afterwards. Having to exclusively breastfeed (not even being able to pump and let Dad have a go) was exhausting and it also meant that I couldn’t go out for more than a couple of hours without having to come home to feed Isabella. I’d have loved to use the LATCH bottles to see if the anti-colic system (which is at the bottom of the bottle) would have worked better. Because the valve is at the bottom, none of the air passes through the milk at all meaning there is less chance of it getting trapped in baby!

I breastfed for a year until Isabella self weaned herself off (due to a bad case of tonsillitis) and we really struggled to get her to drink anything for a while, let alone milk so when she did start having tiny bits of milk again, I was so pleased and didn’t mind that she was still using a bottle as I’d rather she had something than nothing!

The ability to switch back and forth between bottle and breast is a perfect combination for some; it enables mums to have a well earned break and also gives the dads the chance to bond with the baby too. What makes the LATCH bottle from Munchkin so special is its unique nipple. The LATCH nipple stretches, moves and pumps so it’s more like breastfeeding.

A proper latch is achieved when mom’s nipple reaches all the way back to baby’s soft palate. The accordion-style nipple on LATCH stretches like the breast, helping baby latch easily and 2 (21)

When breastfeeding, baby controls the flow of milk by applying pressure to the base of mom’s nipple. The LATCH bottle mimics mom by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base.

While feeding, the accordion-style nipple flexes as baby moves her head. This allows baby to maintain her latch, thus decreasing ingestion of air.

Even though Isabella has just turned two and had stopped using bottles a few weeks ago, we decided to make a huge transition for her (moved rooms, put her in a big girl bed and took her dummy away) and she actually started asking for a bottle of milk again instead of a cup so we have given her this little win while she transitions (it’s now just down to bedtime milk).

The LATCH bottles are easy to clean with the specialised brush and we really love them in this house. I will definitely be looking at these again for subsequent babies!

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  1. These bottles look fantastic! Such a great idea x

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