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Vented nipple helps avoid gassiness
Flow control valve allows baby to control milk flow
Mimics natural feeding behavior: baby can feed, pause and breathe, similar to breastfeeding
One size or shape nipple for all stages of breast milk feeding
Made without BPA
Milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum
Medela Calma is designed exclusively for breast milk feeding. Switching from bottle to breast has never been easier. Natural feeding behavior encourages easy transition from bottle to breast. Includes (1) all stage nipple, (2) 8 ounce/250 ml bottle, (1) cap, (2) lids. All Medela breast milk bottles and products that come in contact with breast milk are and always have been made without BPA. .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Our new baby was a few days old when the lactation nurse at the hospital declared she wasn't gaining enough weight and handed us a few bottles of formula and hospital nipples to supplement. Two feedings later, baby started chewing on mom's nipples! My wife and I were frantic! Not only did all of baby's hard-earned latching technique go out the window, but we were faced with a catch-22, stop supplementing and the baby starves, keep going and screw-up her breast feeding even more.
We tried raiding the local Babies R Us for breast feeding nipples. None really helped, we tried cup feeding but baby spilled more than she ate. A follow-up consultation taught us finger feeding (taping a feeding tube and syringe to your finger and squirting formula into her mouth as she sucked on it). That got her breast feeding under control, but it took 15 minutes to supplement 1/2 oz of milk / formula. Thanks to a breast infection (mastitis), we were down to one feeding breast and combined with...
We just had a baby who weighed in at 7 pounds 7 ounces at birth with apgar scores of 9 and 9. Everything seemed to be going well until we noticed he wasn't breastfeeding for long periods. He'd latch, feed for 5-7 minutes and then fall asleep. The hospital lactation consultant showed us a few different positions and techniques. No luck. We looked at videos and articles online. No luck. We spoke with the hospital nursing/ob staff and our pediatrician. We were advised to keep trying and to stimulate him by blowing on his head, rubbing him a bit or even dabbing him with a wet cloth. No luck. We were advised to try new positions and work on his latch. I was convinced the issue wasn't a poor latch or inadequate supply; I thought he was just literally becoming so comfortable that he'd fall asleep. By Day 4 his weight had dropped to 6 pounds 10 ounces - within the normal 10% range but pretty fast. My wife was extremely concerned.
I wanted to like the calma, I really did! It was clear that a lot of thought and effort went into the design, and everything about it makes sense. When I was putting it together and washing it, I was impressed at how much effort did need to be put in to get fluid out. I thought it would be a great for my boy, who I thought was having trouble getting lots of milk directly from me but needed to be used to bottles for going to daycare (and for when dad watches him). Unfortunately it didn't work for us very well at all - I've given it three tries now, and each time he seems to get far too much milk too fast, and ends up spluttering and fighting the nipple. I thought a few attempts were worthwhile and he would learn to manage it a bit, but it's not really worth the fight, and he's learned to use regular slow-flow nipples just fine (and so far this doesn't seem to have affected his BFing). With persistence he might be able to learn how to control the flow better, but I'm not sure I have...
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