Congrats to Pat, comment #3 via random.org! You are the winner of the comotomo baby bottle! I will be emailing you for your info! Thank you to everyone for entering and for comotomo for sponsoring this giveaway :)
If you read my blog regularly, you probably know that I breastfeed Ellen. Let’s talk about that a little. And…I just lost any male audience that I had.
When Ellen was first born, she was a great breastfeeder. We had no major problems for the first few days. Then, as you moms may know, around the third day, my real milk came in, and Ellen wasn’t able to latch on. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and Ellen sure didn’t either. I was emotional and sobbing. She was hungry and wailing. Mike wasn’t sure what he signed up for. My mom came over and walked into gallons of tears, inconsolable crying, and Mike trying to squeeze milk out of my boob so Ellen could eat. Nice picture, I know.
So, as a last resort before I gave her formula, I called my doula, Vicki. She recommended I use a nipple shield and consider pumping a bottle so I could get some rest. Now, you hardcore breastfeeders might find this to be against the “rules,” but, boy let me tell you: that was the difference between continued breastfeeding and making the switch to formula. (As a sidenote: I in no way think that using formula is bad or lazy, it just wasn’t what I wanted. I really wanted to breastfeed!)
Both suggestions were magical, and Ellen took to both easily and without confusion. And, with the bottle, Mike was able to feed Ellen while I slept. (I often think it is a cruel joke to put a woman through pregnancy and hours of labor, and then make her stay up all night for the rest of her life. I mean, just one night of sleep. Come on!) To this day, Ellen still uses a bottle on occasion when I need rest or Mike and I want a night out and we get a sitter (i.e. my mom).
Now, Ellen is on solids in addition to breast milk. Unfortunately for her, this means major constipation. We pass on the rice cereal and other grains because the iron upset her tummy. Instead, we opt for tons of fruits and veggies that move things along. But, nothing works like Magic Juice (you may know it as prune juice). That stuff is unreal.
We started giving it to her in a sippy cup because, well, she needs to learn to drink from one. But, since she is just learning, she doesn’t get much juice. So, we decided she needed something that would get the juice in her faster while we practice using the sippy cup. Cue como tomo!
como tomo approached me and asked me to try their bottles. They are silicone based, BPA-free, slow-flow, dishwasher safe bottles that are designed to feel more like the breast with its wide nipple base and soft, rounded bottle structure. Mike likes to play with them, so they must be nice…
Anyway, I am in love with these bottles. Not only are they soft and squishy and cute, Ellen loves to hold them and feed herself. This gets the juice in and the job done. They are so different and innovative, I have to imagine that even if your baby will not take a bottle, this might be the one thing that works. So, in my professional mommy opinion, two nipples up for como tomo!
So, are you ready to try one? Here is your chance. The generous folks at como tomo are giving away a bottle to one lucky Call Her Happy reader. To enter, leave a comment below telling me who would be using the bottle. That’s it!
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Entries close on Monday, April 16th at 11:59 EST. I will announce the winner Tuesday, April 17th! Good luck!
Even though I was given these products for review, my opinions are all my own. I really do love them!