Monday, August 27, 2012

Product Review: AVENT Natural Bottle

Whether you are a breastfeeding mom going back to work or a formula mama right from the start, one thing is certain, finding the "right bottle" isn't as easy as it sounds.
First and formost, it must be BPA free - which is much easier to find now that BPA has been banned in bottles and sippy cups across the US.
Next you are faced with the question of material- plastic, silicone, or glass - then of course drop in bags vs traditional, colic relief or "anti-gas", and if you weren't overwhelmed with choices already... there are different types of nipples.

For the sake of time and sanity, this post will only be reviewing the new AVENT Natural Bottle. The AVENT Natural Bottles follow suit with the newest trend of bottle design, in that the nipples are fashioned after a breast to simulate the natural latch and flow of breastfeeding.

Right off the bat, I like the soft, flexible nipples and the unique design that resembles the milk ducts of a breast:
Photo Credit: John Hopkins .org

Our Experience:

Logan has a hard time taking bottles, even after starting life bottles and pacifiers in the NICU. I am fortunate enough to be able to take him with me when I need to travel for work or meet clients, so it hasn't been a critical issue. However, I'd like to be able to have the option, so I jumped at the chance to try this new bottle from Philips AVENT.

The first attempt with this bottle was not successful, which is entirely my fault. I attempted to give it to him while at a baseball game; new environment, lots of noise, and an unfamiliar form of eating did not make for a great situation.

I tried again a few days later, this time in our house, in a quiet room, with freshly pumped milk at the optimum temperature.

This second attempt was a success! He quickly latched on and drank the whole bottle without pulling off or putting up a fight.

He looked a little confused, but happy to be eating.
Of the 4 different brands and styles of bottles we have tried, the Philips AVENT Natural Bottle has proven to be the most successful for Logan. 

I'll be investing in a bottle warmer soon (since breastmilk can not be heated in the microwave and standing over the stove takes more time than I have patience for), and continue to work at making bottles an easier for Dad to use.

Happy Feeding,

I received bottles from the Philips AVENT company for this review. My opinion and experience is my own and was not swayed by the company or their representatives. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

[Book Review] "Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother" by Mark Repkin

My daughter was one of the first people I announced my pregnancy to. I explained to her that we were having a baby and she gave me a big hug, then told her that she would be a big sister, to which she responded very matter-of-fact, "yea, I know". She was not even 3 at the time, but seemed to know it all.

Throughout my pregnancy, I tried to include her in getting ready for her baby brother. She helped announce my pregnancy and would regularly "check" my belly with her plastic Dr kit.

At the hospital, I gave her a special Big Sister present as well as a couple of big sister books.

She was loving her role as Big Sister and was making us laugh with all her demands that her brother be taken out of the NICU and that he needed to go home with her right away.

When we got home, I realized that there was one thing we hadn't talked about and that, unfortunately, wasn't in a single one of the kids' books we owned. ... Breastfeeding!

She saw me breastfeeding her brother and asked, "What are you doing to him?? He needs a bottle."

I was absolutely mortified. I had just come home from the hospital where I was fighting to be able to nurse him in the NICU and was doing everything I could to get the support I needed, and yet, I came home to a 3 year old telling me that I needed to give her brother a bottle. Which is exactly what all her books said.

I am so glad to have found this book, "My Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother", by Mark Repkin.

The book brings up normal kid questions like, "what is mommy doing" and why mommy can't play with or get the older sibling a drink while she is nursing. It is a great way to open the discussion with your children about nursing.

The story works well for our situation- big sister, little brother - but of course, you can adapt it to fit your family. I often change the main character's name to my daughter's, to make it more engaging.

I have noticed a difference in how she understands what breastfeeding is and what her role as a big sister is in that process. I would recommend this book to any nursing or pregnant mom who wants to breastfeed her baby.

"My Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother" is written for 2-5 year olds and can be found in a hardback English version, or soft cover bilingual (English/Spanish) version.

For more information, as well as where to buy the book, visit

Disclosure: I was given a copy of "My Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother", by Mark Repkin, to review. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

As you may know, I struggled a lot with nursing my first baby and was determined to get it right the second time around - complications and all. (You can read my son's birth & hospital story here.) What I discovered through my own experience, as well as through research as part of being a Baby Planner, is that having support and knowing who and where to turn to for help is the key to success!

If you are in the Los Angeles or Southern CA area, and are breastfeeding or want to breastfeed, mark your calendars for Boobiepalooza this Sunday!

WHO:                                     Berlin Wellness Group and The Pump Station & Nurtury

WHAT:                                   Boobie-Palooza 2012  

WHY:                                         In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Boobie-Palooza will offer a full day of related activities to SoCal moms including expert panels, a sling clinic, exhibitors, entertainment and a beer garden.  There will also be a live nurse-in.

NOTABLES:                             Ricki Lake, Sarah Shahi, Dr. Harvey Karp, author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” Dr. Yvonne Bohn of Discovery Health’s “Deliver Me,” Dr. Stuart James Fischbein, co-author of “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom,” Jamie Lynne Grumet (otherwise known as the TIME breastfeeding mom) and Katie Hamilton, who recently found herself in the center of a local controversy when she attempted to nurse at LACMA.

WHEN:                                  Sunday, August 5
                                                Noon to 4:00 p.m.
                                                Nurse-in from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:                                The Ebell
                                                743 S Lucerne Blvd
                                                 Los Angeles, CA 90010

*Panel discussions and nurse-in will also be streamed live on Ustream:
MORE INFO:                                                                 


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