by Dr. Alex Mayes, Pediatric Dentist and mom of 1
Being a new mom and a pediatric dentist meant that I had to quickly learn to juggle breastfeeding and pumping. With a shortened maternity leave, it was critical that breastfeeding was well-established and also that my baby was comfortable with bottle feedings when she started daycare at six weeks old. A well-designed bottle that is suited to your baby can be a tired mom’s best friend during a challenging time.
With their immature swallow, newborns are prone to colic as they are developing appropriate suck/ swallow/ breathing coordination. Having a more physiologically designed and natural nipple that mimics breastfeeding can help with this coordination and help a newborn learn to easily transition between breast and bottle. The natural shape also facilitates a more effective latch decreasing the air intake—meaning fewer tummy aches and less colic. To this working mom it meant more sleep and a happier baby. As a pediatric dentist it meant an appropriate development of the orofacial musculature to help with future tongue control for a better transition into the adult swallowing pattern.
Another thing that meant more sleep and more snuggles with my baby was finding a bottle that had easy-to-clean parts with a convenient design. My husband took ownership of the bottle washer role, which was helpful, but between all of the pump bottles, pump parts, as well as bottles, nipples, and lids from daycare, he became overwhelmed. Having a well-designed product with a more intuitive assembly not only made bottle washing and preparation more manageable for me and my other helping hands, but also reduced the constant clutter on the kitchen counter.
Becoming a mom is the most amazing experience, but there is a lot of pressure to do everything right-especially adequately nourishing your newborn for optimal growth and development. Having the right bottle incorporated into our day-to-day routine helped alleviate some of these worries.