Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lansinoh Review

Lansinoh sent me their NEW Lansinoh® mOmma® bottle featuring the NaturalWave™ Peristaltic Nipple, and samples of their lanolin.

My first reaction when I got the package was surprise at the bottle. The shape was something I didn't expect. It was round. ROUND! I'll admit, I laughed a bit at the look of the bottle. It seemed silly looking, but it has a purpose. Taken from the Lansinoh product page:

NEW, NaturalWave™ Nipple

  • Patented, based on over 50 years of research
  • Allows baby to mimic natural sucking rhythm
  • Promotes oral, facial, and jaw development
  • AVS™ Air Ventilation System reduces intake of gas, a potential cause of colic or spit up
  • One piece, hassle-free design
  • 100% silicone is supersoft, flexible and long lasting
  • Available in slow, medium or fast flow to meet your baby's changing needs
  • BPA Free

NEW, Lansinoh® mOmma® Bottle

  • Round shape is easy and comfortable for baby to hold
  • Wide design is easy to pour into and clean
  • Interchangeable with mOmma Non-Spill and Straw cup lids
  • Features protective cover for leak-free, hygienic coverage on the go
  • BPA Free
So, as you can see, the shape of the bottle has a purpose. It is a great shape for baby to hold! Although our little girl is too young to hold a bottle up on her own, I'm sure it seemed comforting that it was essentially the shape of my breast. I, personally, have not used the bottle. I refuse to bottle feed so she knows that bottle feeding isn't something associated with mom. I don't want to jeopardize my breastfeeding relationship with her, but she still has to take a bottle so that I can go back to work (if and when I find a job!). I did, however, watch and observe her eating from it (where she couldn't see me).

The above is a stock photo seeing as how Bobble apparently deleted all my review pictures and I haven't had the opportunity to snag a decent picture of this bottle again. He deleted a picture of hubby feeding Squiggle with it, too. *sigh*

We have a couple different bottles and nipples. I have a few that go with my double electric pump, a few that are what my son used, and this one. We tried out the bottle that went with my pump first (since I could just put the nipple on what I had just pumped), and then we tried this bottle. She refused the first bottle. Straight up refused it. She loved this bottle, however, and drank everything in it.

It was easy to prepare this bottle since the opening was wider and we could pour the milk in with a smaller chance of spilling. The nipple has a tiny hole on one side to allow for less gas to get into baby, lessening the chance for spit-up. This is fantastic, especially since my little one is a spit-up pro!

The lanolin was my best friend for the first few weeks. I fell in love with Lansinoh's lanolin when Bobble was born. Many mothers say that their nipples are sore when they first start nursing. In fact, numerous times I've heard the saying "A good latch will never hurt"... but that's only partially true. A good latch will NOT hurt AFTER BREASTFEEDING IS ESTABLISHED. When you first start nursing, your nipples aren't used to it. They need time to adjust to nursing, and with that can come pain. I had a few different lactation consultants observe Bobble as he nursed when he was first born. I was in tears. IT HURT SO BADLY! They kept telling me his latch was PERFECT. I kept breaking his latch because it hurt, and I was convinced it wasn't supposed to if the latch was good. This almost ruined our breastfeeding relationship. He stopped latching like he was, and I was worried that he wouldn't breastfeed. Since his latch was supposedly perfect, I decided that I was just going to deal with it. If I had to be in excruciating pain to nurse my son, that's what I was going to do! I got some lanolin and committed for the long haul.

I fully expected this pain until he stopped nursing... especially since his latch was "perfect". Lansinoh's Lanolin was my saviour during those early nursing days. I had to slather it on. I don't mean applying like you would put on chapstick, either! I frosted those babies like a cupcake! It's the only thing that helped. They were not cracked. They were not bleeding. There was nothing visibly wrong... it just hurt. so. badly.

It hurt like that the first 2 weeks I nursed. The 3rd week it hurt less, only hurting like described above when he first latched. The 4th week it was slight discomfort when he first latched. The 5th week was the last week I even NOTICED him latching. There was no pain! I would never have made it through those first painful weeks without Lansinoh's Lanolin.

This time around was no different. I had horrible pain that reduced me to tears a few times, and I quickly reached for the lanolin. It was soooooo soothing. Thankfully, that horrible pain was gone after 1 week, and the discomfort was gone after the second week. I was very thrilled that it lasted only 2 weeks this time! Both times, however, Lansinoh's Lanolin was what instantly soothed. I was so very thankful for it. I highly recommend it for any new breastfeeding mom!

Taken from Lansinoh's Lanolin product page:
  • Soothes and protects sore cracked nipples
  • Safe for mom & baby
  • 100% natural - world's purest lanolin
  • Does not need to be removed prior to breastfeeding
  • Contains no preservatives or additives of any kind
  • #1 treatment for breastfeeding moms
I am all about natural products, and I love that this is 100% natural. Pure products are important to me! I have heard from some mothers that their children refused to nurse when they had lanolin on since it tasted funny to their babies, but I haven't had that experience. I always tried to wait to apply until immediately after a nursing session... but newborns don't always decide to wait a while between feedings, and I've had both of my children decide to nurse again almost immediately after I put on the lanolin. Neither minded that it was on, and happily nursed away.

Disclosure: The product(s) mentioned above was sent to me by the company in exchange for a review. This did not influence my opinion of the product in any way. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

3 comments:

  1. That bottle looks great for breastfeeding moms. It would seem to reduce nipple confusion. I needed my lansinoh cream in the beginning as well. My son also had a great latch. It helps a lot! I know it isn't the most natural, but it works in a pinch.

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  2. How interesting that you are sure not to bottle feed her, or be present when she is bottle fed! I plan to nurse and am really looking forward to that bonding time with her but have to go back to work after 6 weeks and school two nights a week after 3 weeks (we may have to bring her with me to class the first week or so as we don't want to introduce a bottle until 3-4 weeks). I don't know that I would ever find a reason to bottle feed if I have the option to just nurse but I didn't even consider how just being present by confuse her!

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    1. My son was bottle fed from day 1 as he had latching issues at first (resolved, yay!). My daughter latched like a champ, and then I never got to return to work (I had been laid off before her birth), so I never had bottle fed her. Now she won't take a bottle which is a wee bit frustrating for me as i can't leave for more than an hour or so. Being 9 months old, however, we are working on cups :)

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