There are many reasons why breastfeeding Mums may need a little help. Whether you’re struggling to get breastfeeding started, trying to introduce a bottle so you can return to work or your baby has decided she prefers the bottle over mama.
We’re going to focus on three issues that standard teats can quickly cause which are not helpful for sustaining breastfeeding.
Issue #1 Easy-Feeding
Whilst standard bottle teats may look a little like a breast, they don’t provide the same feeding experience; far from it. When babies take these teats into their mouths, they don’t need to use their instinctive technique to feed. Standard teats make it easy for babies to extract milk with little effort which is why they quickly become ‘lazy-feeders!’ Lazy feeding is not so good for their immature digestive system and makes breastfeeding less easy to sustain.
Minbie prevents easy-feeding
We created the Minbie so that you can give your little one a bottle without risk to their hard-working instinctive breastfeeding technique. When your baby feeds from a Minbie teat, they’re working for the feed with their instinctive breastfeeding technique. This is better for their immature digestive system and for encouraging your milk-supply when breastfeeding.
Issue #2 Weakened-Latch
Standard teats give the milk easily without the baby having to strongly latch as they should on the breast. Babies who have a weaker latch may struggle to latch onto the breast effectively enough to be able to sustain direct latch breastfeeding. A weak latch can create an unhappy, hungry bub!
Minbie nurtures a proper strong breastfeeding latch
The Minbie teat encourages babies to feed with a strong instinctive breastfeeding latch, providing valuable practice for comfortable more sustainable breastfeeding.
Issue #3 Nipple-Confusion
Is your baby reluctant to breastfeed? Do they prefer to bottle feed instead? Nipple confusion is more common than you think and boy is it disheartening!
Standard bottle teats easily cause Nipple-Confusion
You only have to browse the aisles of any store selling baby bottles to see that virtually all bottle teats have a ‘standard’ shape. With these generic teats babies can extract milk with ease, they don't have to work for the feed, their latch doesn't have to be strong and they feed with a relatively simplistic technique - none of which makes getting back on the breast an easy road for either of you!
Sadly, the standard bottle teats don't have the ability to replicate the way babies should feed on the breast, so when bub is put on the breast after being fed with standard bottle teats they may be confused and not effectively feed on the breast.
Minbie protects the mother-baby breastfeeding bond from nipple-confusion
Minbie is a new technology! Babies who feed from the Minbie are practicing their instinctive breastfeeding muscle-memory. They’re practicing to latch properly onto the breast and to work for the feed with their complex (and incredibly special) breastfeeding technique. This exact technique is what evolution provided for our babies, for their very survival, and it is the best for protecting the longevity of the mother-baby breastfeeding relationship!
This is why we recommend the Minbie be used as the first bottle teat to avoid nipple-confusion.
Choosing the right baby bottle is not only important for the health and development of your little one, it’s also crucial for peace of mind. When you choose Minbie, you’re choosing to give your baby and your breastfeeding the very best start.
Our correct latch teats paired with our PPSU bottles can enable you to maintain a successful breastfeeding journey, reduce the risk of colic & reflux, give you more freedom and help secure a better night’s sleep.
If you have any questions about how Minbie can help your breastfeeding journey, chat now to one of our 24/7 customer care team.