As I was unable to breastfeed Emilia due to blood loss, I’m the first to admit the whole idea of breastfeeding this time round is completely new to me. So when I was asked if I’d like to review this amazing bundle of breastfeeding items by Medela, I had to really think about whether I could do a breastfeeding post justice and whether breastfeeding was even for us this time round (not being able to do it caused a lot of trauma last time). I’m pleased I decided to go ahead as the Medela range looks spectacular, really useful and I’ve already learned such a lot about breastfeeding in a short time.
One of the first things that attracted me to Medela is that it’s much more than a brand selling products, it’s a lifestyle. They offer advice and help to parents via their website from pregnancy and birth through to breastfeeding tips and even going back to work! There’s also a lactation consultant Sioned Hilton who is on hand to help you through every step of the way through this rewarding journey. They have a blog which I’ve found a really interesting read and some of the posts are written by Mums, which is so relatable as we tend to look to other Mums for advice more than any other source, I know I do!
Ok so on to the products themselves. I’ll be talking about the products here and will update with a post as to how I’m getting on with them when the baby arrives and I’ve had a good chance to use them.
Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump
I love the idea of the Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump as it pumps from both breasts at the same time, a real must as time is really going to be of the essence with a baby and a very busy toddler. I’ll be using this to pump in order to store milk for any occasion where the baby will need to take a bottle, as I’m really keen for him to try and take a bottle from early on if possible.
This double pump is designed to express more milk with higher energy in a shorter time compared to a single pump, the Medela website says that ‘compared to single pumping, double pumping can cut expression time in half and reeve 18% more milk’. Win win! It looks simple to use, has everything you need to pump included and the parts are able to be separated for cleaning and sterilising.
Quick Clean Microwave Bags
The Quick Clean Microwave Bags are designed to sterilise your breast feeding items in just three minutes to remove 99.9% of germs. They sound really quick and easy to use as you just fill with a small amount of water, add your accessories to be cleaned and then microwave. They can be used for bottles, teats and dummies as well so they’re not just for the pump accessories as I first thought. See I’m learning as I go too!
Breast Milk Storage Bags
The benefits of using the Breast Milk Storage Bags are that you can store and transport your milk as you need to. What I like is that they can be used safely in the freezer and quickly thawed so if your baby’s demand changes you will have the back up supply you need! As they are pretty flat in shape which is great as it saves on space in the freezer (anyone else’s freezer filled to the brim?), the material is food-grade which is reassuring and BPA-free too.
The more I read on Calma, the more I think it’s genius. Although I didn’t breastfeed Emilia, I know enough from other Mum’s to know that the baby taking a bottle can be a real struggle. Calma is designed to make the transition from breast to bottle and back simple as it lets the baby feed in the same way as they learned at the breast, so there’s no confusion for them. Really reassuring for Mums who may want the baby to take an alternative to the breast at times.
When I was formula feeding Emilia, I was always concerned as to whether she was taking in too much air, whether she had the correct size teat etc. Calma eliminates that as the teat has a unique venting system so the baby will not swallow air, also there is no need to worry about switching teat sizes.
Purelan 100 Nipple Cream
The Purelan 100 Nipple Cream is a pure lanolin nipple cream designed to soothe the nipple area and protect during breastfeeding. It can also be safely used during breastfeeding itself. I remember using a similar product with Emilia and it really helped and similarly this can be used on the baby’s skin to soothe and moisturise dry patches.
Disposable Nursing Pads
Medela’s Disposable Nursing Pads look fantastic and super absorbent. Designed for day and night use, you can rest assured you’ll be well protected from leaks. They can be packed away in your changing bag as they’re all individually wrapped. On feeling the product, they look and feel really comfortable to wear and I’ve tried them under tops and they are unnoticeable. They also have adhesive strips which keep them in place.
I look forward to letting you all know how I get on with this range once the baby is here. All in all, everything looks really reliable, so easy to use and I can’t wait to get to grips with them all. I’ve really enjoyed writing about the products, and realise I could’ve simply just added the links to them, but I really wanted to talk about each individual item and learn about them myself whilst writing this post. Hopefully if you’re also new to this you’ll find this review helpful and if you’re not new to it, any advice and help would be greatly appreciated, haha…