Monday, April 9, 2012

Medela Calma Review!

I love Medela products!  I have been using them for 10 years now since the birth of my Sweet Pea.  In fact, my Pump In Style is still going strong to this day.  So I was very intrigued when I heard the first rumor that Medela was developing a bottle specifically for breastfed babies.

I have to admit that once I received the bottle, I thought it was the strangest looking thing I have ever seen!  The top of the nipple is completely open.  I was very skeptical about how well it would work.  I have to tell you though, that I wish I had a few more!

The way that the Medela Calma works is a series of valves.  The nipple is composed of three pieces.  The nipple is soft, rounded and completely open in the top.  It seals around two areas; the base around the inner valve and around the inside edge of the inner valve. The inner valve has a small little hole inside near the middle.  It fits into the outer valve.  The outer valve also has a small hole in it.  The inner valve has legs that slide through the outer valve and the outer valve closes around the outer edge of the nipple.  These legs are where the bottle screws into.  So the bottle actually attaches to the inner valve and not the outer case.  These sets of valves work a lot like a breast.  The baby has to suckle to get the milk to flow and then there is a 'letdown'.  Milk never collects into the nipple area.  Plus, saliva never mixes back into the milk in the bottle.

Even though this is one of the strangest baby feeding products I've ever seen, it's also one of the most innovative too.  There was a lot of work put into developing this bottle.  Peanut is very picky on what she puts in her mouth.  She never took a pacifier until we found the Wubbanub and she won't take anything else.  She only liked the Tommee Tippee bottles and prefers their Sensitive Tummy bottle.  She loves the Calma.  I think it is her favorite.  It is my favorite too because it is so easy to clean.  The parts come apart so easily and there are no spots where dried milk can get stuck.

You can find Medela online and on Facebook.  

The Calma has earned The Trophy Wife's Seal of Approval!

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