Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tommee Tipee: The Next "Breast" Thing for colic

Whether you breast feed, bottle feed, extend nursing, or do a combination of all, each baby's feeding needs are unique, and there is usually an adjustment period to this world and the milk they drink whether breast or formula can cause tummy troubles.  Maybe the post name isn't as "punny" as I thought it was after all, but colic is no laughing matter.  I have had the pleasure of four children, and I can tell you that the only thing in common with them all is that they all had tummy troubles from the moment they began breast feeding.

Three of my children were pretty cut and dry, even if it was hard on all of us at the time.  Baby number one-Donovan "Max" Maxwell had severe colic for 8 months, but options were almost null back then (per his doctor) and we suffered through sleepless nights and days until it went away.

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Baby 2-Suzannah Rose had throw up issues that were solved by stopping the breast and using formula.


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I had to go back to work at 3 weeks with baby 4 since my husband lost his job the week after I got pregnant (he was blessed to stay home the whole first year), and my milk dried up immediately despite my uber industrial pump.  Once the doctor landed on the right formula, his colic was a thing of the past.


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Baby number three is my miracle child, and a totally different story.  We named her Tara Grace and call her Grace because it is by "the Grace of God" that she lived and is so healthy.  I developed the "worst case of MRSA ever seen" (per the specialist) in my stomach (thanks to a botched belly button hernia repair), and discovered the same day that "surprise" I was six weeks pregnant even though I was taking BC!


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Thanks to the MRSA or all the meds to cure it, she was born with developmental delays that took years to diagnose, throwing up issues, acid reflux, not only was she unable to gain weight but she lost a lot.  It was a scary first two years that resulted in me buying every bottle on the market, prescription formula, asthma prescriptions & nebulizers every four hours, acid reflux prescriptions, and eventually a monitor she wore that alerted me every time she stopped breathing.

She just turned 9 in March, and the only remaining issues are motor skill delays that affect certain aspects of her school work, riding a bike, and a few other things.  We are incredibly thankful, but during those first dark scary years, I would have given my right arm for the product I am about to tell you about.

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Tommee Tipee has designed a line of bottles called Closer to Nature.  They are perfect whether you choose to bottle feed, or if you are like me and need a solution for colic.  The nipples on the Closer to Nature bottle are shaped like your breast, and are easy to latch on to.  They mimic the way a breast stretches and wrinkles during nursing which makes it a great bottle to use if you are nursing.  The super sensitive anti-colic valve reduces air bubbles in the milk that can contribute to colic.

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I think my personal favorite option is that the valve stem change colors if the milk is hotter than 98 ° which is the safe temperature for babies.  Lastly, these bottles are BPA free which is super important.  Anyone who has ever had  a baby with feeding issues will agree that they will spend any price for a bottle that works, but these bottles won't break the bank!  You can find them at Target, BabiesRus, and Amazon.

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So tell me, what is your feeding story?  Did your child have colic?  Throw up like an errupting volcano?  Or maybe they just had the picture perfect eating experience.  Please comment and let us know!  Let's support each other as mother's and don't make this an argument about breast vs. bottle feeding.

Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the above mentioned products for review purposes only.  All facts and opinions expressed are honest and solely the property of My Wild Crazy Life Blog.  Please do your own due diligence when choosing to purchase a product.

19 comments:

  1. We LIVED on these bottles! They helped with H colic so much!!! Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I used Dr. Brown's with Gracie, but honestly they didn't help much at all.

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  2. You hear so much about breast eeding. Glad to see you mention the good results bottles can have

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    1. Well, in my case I really had no choice. Apparently my milk is toxic or something. They just suffered so much when I nursed them. I gave it a long college try though with each one!

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  3. I was lucky with having six, we didn't have too much colic with them all. I never used bottles. We did survive the nights. When my kids start having their own, I will tell them about this.

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    1. I really hoped to nurse all of mine that way, it just didn't work for me. The longest was 4 months because she was still gaining weight despite the volumes of throwing up (my 2nd child) but I dried up when I got MRSA, and with the hole in my stomach for 3 months I couldn't have nursed anyways!

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  4. we have a new baby on the way so this is a great read for me :) i havent tried these bottles before but my first daughter didnt really have an issue with colic

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    1. hopefully this baby won't have troubles either. However, they are also great for if you need a bottle on occasions while nursing

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  5. I'll have to tell my in laws about this nifty product!

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    1. I think it's really a great one! Wish it had been around when mine were suffering!

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  6. No colic here thankfully, it sounds rough. I'm glad to hear there are products like this to help with this. I like that it's BPA free too.

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    1. The first and thrid were the worst! I know now that my first was allergies and back then they didn't have alternatives, or I had a bad pediatrician. I love how the bottles have evolved!

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  7. These are my favorite bottles ever!! ( no kids here yet) However I used to work at Babies R Us and have sold so many of these. I love how they simulate a mothers breast. To be honest its the bottle I will choose!

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    1. I am passing these along to a woman my MIL babysits for who is pregnant with her 6th. I am ALMOST sad there won't be a fith baby here, but I Think 14 years of having someone 3 and under is enough! My youngest is about to turn 4!

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  8. I currenlty have no kids, but i hear people talk so much about breast feeding an dI just do not thing it is going to work for me. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It doesn't work for everyone. I can be as candid as possible to say I only enjoyed nursing one time, and I think it is because she was such an easy/happy baby. The whole time I nurse I have horrid hot sweats and mood swings. Added to that the fact that I had PPD 3 times, it just was hard. I see no shame in choosing to bottle feed. Fed babies are happy babies :)

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  9. Your personal experience makes your recommendation all the more valuable!

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    1. We definitely had a wide range of stomach issues with feedings. These look like a great bottle

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  10. Sounds like a great product that will help moms help their babies with stomach issues/colic. I didn't have this challenge with my own two. I'm sure your story and review will help a lot of moms!

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