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Bonding with your baby through feeding

Bringing a new baby home is an amazing feeling. It is exciting. It is scary. It can be very overwhelming but it can also be the most important time of your life. Being able to bond with your baby is such a magical and unexplainable sentiment and for many women breastfeeding helps to establish this deep connection with our baby. Because of this we always hear about how important it is for women to breastfeed because of the advantages it gives both mum and baby but what about dads?

bonding with your baby through feeding

How are dads supposed to bond with their babies when they can’t breastfeed? With teamwork is how. The benefits of mum expressing milk help not only her but also dad and baby. First time dads especially feel like they are left out of the process when it comes to feeding so when a women expresses milk it not only gives dad a chance to bond with his baby through feeding; it also allows the baby’s mum a chance to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, enjoy a sleep in or even be able to embrace her partner enjoying the closeness of their baby. As I said it’s magical. Even though dads don’t often express their needs where their baby is concerned, dads want to be able to feel this closeness and bond with their baby just as much as mums do. Bonding with your baby through feeding is a great place to start which is easy for mothers who breastfeed and often why they express breast milk.

bonding with your baby through feeding

There are so many breast pumps on the market that it makes it hard to know which one will be suited to you, which pumps works and which ones are a waste of money. My younger sister and brother-in-law have just experienced the beauty of bringing their first baby into the world which also meant she had been searching for the right breast pump in preparation of their baby being born. She was anticipating returning to work and expressing is a must for her as she wanted to breastfeed her son. She also wanted her partner to be able to experience the feeding process and do night feeds (because no one wants to get up every single time). This is when I received an email asking if I wanted to review the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump. I called my sister and asked her if she was interested and she was beyond thrilled because she was looking at Medela for her pump mainly because she had heard nothing but great reviews. This particular pump retails for $449.00.

Medela Swing Maxi Double Breast Pump review

Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump Review

Set Up and Cleaning
The first thing I noticed about the pump after opening the box and taking all the parts out of their individually sealed bags was how simple it is to set up. Without even looking at the directions you can see exactly what fits where. Once I had it all together, I checked the instructions to ensure I set it up properly and to my surprise they are extremely simple and easy to understand. Don’t be scared by the size of the manual.

Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump review

Before using the Medela breast pump; I sterilised all the equipment. Step by step directions on how to clean are included in the manual which makes it basically fool proof. This can be done by hand washing, putting through the dishwasher or boiling. It took minimal time from start to finish to take apart the breast pump and clean it which is made even more enticing by the fact that all the parts are easy to wipe dry or can be left on a cloth to air dry.

Using the Breast Pump
I think what makes the Medela swing stand out compared to other pumps is the ‘2 phase expression’; which is the 2 stimulation phases that mimics the breastfeeding rhythm. The first stage encourages a milk let down and after 2 minutes the pump will automatically change to the second phase; the ‘expression’ phase, which imitates a long sucking motion similar to the one of a baby. If your milk starts to flow prior to the second phase, you can press the button and it will start the expression phase. I personally found it never took more than 30 seconds to get a good flow to then switch to the expression but as everyone is different you may need the full two minutes in stage one. Both stages are exceptionally comfortable and gentle on the breasts and nipples and the vacuum can be adjusted to suit your need at the time. I used mine mainly as my milk was ‘coming in’ days after my baby was born and there were times my breasts were too sore to even touch yet I could still use the Medela breast pump comfortably.

Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump review

It took me approximately 10 minutes to pump both breasts and I would get around 100mL from each. What made it even easier was after you finish pumping you can just pop the storage lids in the bottles and store right in the fridge until they are needed. I use the double pump most frequently but it can also be used as a single pump, either of options offer the same great performance.

bonding with your baby through feeding

My favourite part about this pump is the fact that I was able to express breastmilk for my partner to be able to feed bub. It not only allowed him to provide our baby his feeds throughout the night when I needed that extra sleep but he was also given the opportunity to experience that special bonding time that without the pump he wouldn’t be able to do.

Storage
If there wasn’t enough to love about this pump already, the lack of space it requires to store should be added to the list. I was able to keep it in a container on a cupboard shelf where it took up minimal room. The Medela Swing Breast Pump is very portable as you are able to clip the motor onto your clothes and move around the house or store in your handbag for use while out and about thanks to it having the option to operate on batteries (6 AAA).

Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump

Pros
The efficiency from start to finish makes a light work load of expressing breast milk thanks to the simultaneous expression in combination with the 2-Phase which ultimately saves you time. The range of vacuum levels and settings allows you to be in control of your comfort and still gain maximum efficiency from the breast pump.

The Medela breast pump is very easy to assemble, use, clean and store. Thanks to how light and compact the pump is, it makes expressing flexible by offering use on batteries or the main adapter.

It allows my baby the opportunity to bond with his dad through feeding.

Cons
It’s very hard to fault this pump! I found that while pumping you have to hold a constant pressure with the shield onto your breast which can become difficult while you’re double pumping. This can be resolved by purchasing an ‘easy expression bustier’ which allows hands-free expressing.

I also noticed the pump makes a bit of noise during use and the harder you set your vacuum the louder it becomes.

medela breastfeeding starter kit review

Medela Breastfeeding Starter Kit

This kit contains everything a mother needs in those first few weeks of breastfeeding and expressing. It offers an easy and safe way to collect and store breast milk in addition to feeding while containing products that help make mum more comfortable and sooth sensitive nipples for months to come.

bond with your baby through feeding

This Medela breastfeeding starter kit contains:
• 1x Calma, breastmilk feeding device (specially designed teat that mimics the natural rhythm of breastfeeding)
• 2x 150ml Bottles with multi lids
• 12x Disposable nursing pads
• 1x Purelan 100 7g
• 1x Quick clean microwave bag
• 5x pump and save bags

The Calma lets your baby feed in a way that is similar to breastfeeding which allows for easy transition between the two. Thanks to its one size and shape fits all, your baby will be satisfied from birth until weaning off milk. Just like a nipple.

This kit is suitable for every woman that is breastfeeding or expressing and is the number one choice of hospitals and mothers. I highly recommend it for all your storing, feeding, breast care and breastmilk management in those first few weeks and months! RRP $49.90.

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Prize Includes: 1x Medela Breastfeeding Starter Pack. RRP $49.90.

bond with your baby though feeding

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22 Comments

  1. Ying Ying TAN
    20/04/2015 / 9:57 am

    My biggest struggle is getting bub to latch on and suck properly, does not help especially when he is colic and starts pulling my nipple every 5 seconds!

  2. karina l
    21/04/2015 / 12:42 pm

    Getting over the sore stabbing nipples during the first week of breast feeding. Every suck was torture.

  3. Ern
    21/04/2015 / 8:19 pm

    Not having milk filled breasts, makes it hard to help with feeding and as the Dad you sort of miss out on that side of the bonding too.

  4. Kasey Evans
    21/04/2015 / 8:51 pm

    With my first baby my milk was delayed as I had an infection and I was sick it neally made me give up alltogether but my mum kept telling me to hang in…..it eventually came and I’m glad I listened to her as I really enjoy breastfeeding.

  5. Evelyn Hubbard
    24/04/2015 / 11:27 pm

    My biggest struggle was keeping up my supply! I would often have days where I thought I was going to have to wean my kids (I have 3!) due to not making enough milk for them, but I kept at it! I found out with the 3rd one that WATER is KEY! Keeping hydrated and always having water on hand means a much better supply. I thought there was something wrong with me with my first 2, but it was that I was dehydrated. So drink up, and keep at it!

  6. Elise
    25/04/2015 / 8:28 am

    Breastfeeding came as such a shock to me, I was expecting the warm fuzzy feeling that was shown on TV. Breastfeeding just works right? Babies drink, and mums love it.
    It hurt. It wasn’t easy. My baby didn’t know what to do, and neither did I. Nurses were quite abrasive way back then, there certainly wasn’t the support system that mothers are given now! The difference between my first 2 kids 10 years apart in terms of support was amazing, and made a huge difference to my fear of feeding.

  7. Kim
    27/04/2015 / 7:10 pm

    As a first time Mum to be, breastfeeding scares the crap out of me. I have zero idea about it all bt this awesome kit sounds like it’s user friendly. Just up my alley!

  8. VandaB
    27/04/2015 / 9:33 pm

    Waiting for my milk to come in with my son. It seemed like an eternity and I was so worried my baby was starving. Hopefully will be quicker with my second hub due in a week.

  9. Aleksandra Secerkovic
    27/04/2015 / 10:58 pm

    miss Mia has difficulty latching properly and it makes her upset and hungry, that’s where Medela pump came in to rescue

  10. Lydia R
    29/04/2015 / 10:02 pm

    Being the mother of a 10 pound 11 ounce healthy strong baby I was extremely blessed. The downside was he was hungry and strong and absolutely trashed my nipples. I was determined to feed but it was not until 8 weeks that the excruciating, toe curling pain of feeding was overcome. I found it really hard to know what was going on and received advice about nipple shields, positioning and attatchment, thrush ( which I did not have) and eventually cracked nipples. I slept topless to help my nipples heal which was extreemly messy and said stuff it to all the attachment and positioning advice my husband and I had desperately tried to mimic and let my baby do his own thing and it worked. We were so incredibly blessed to be able to breastfeed our baby as we know many women understandably are unable to overcome the excruciating pain they may experience among other issues.

  11. Maria
    09/05/2015 / 2:53 pm

    My daughter was born premature and it was extremely difficult to breastfeed as she couldn’t latch on. I persevered until she finally got the hang of it.

  12. Christial Shea
    09/05/2015 / 3:08 pm

    Bub was tongue tied and had trouble latching. He would slip off the nipple after every few sucks which made it extremely painful not to mention frustrating! We eventually managed to get him into a tongue tie clinic and gave him the snip. It solved our problem and he was able to latch. However, he was so used to being bottle fed, we decided to keep bottle feeding and expressing. This also enabled me to go back to work early. But waking up every 4 hours to express for 30 minutes, cleaning equipment and bottle feeding Bub meant very broken sleep!

  13. Amelia
    09/05/2015 / 6:26 pm

    Baby had a snuffly nose after being born which meant she often broke her suction and didn’t latch properly. It was a struggle ensuring she got enough milk and air at the same time, without creating too much wind and gas from gulping!

  14. 10/05/2015 / 8:59 am

    My first was born with jauntice and had a staff infection that saw him admitted to hospital a week old, and consequently he was tired and didn’t suck well on the breast, so I needed to pump milk so he could suck from a bottle to make it easier for him, and to take the pressure of my over-filled breasts! Sadly the pump broke, and I am now due to give birth in 3 weeks and would love to be prepared with a new pump, also as being able to pump milk means hubby can do the dream-feed so I can get some much needed rest!

  15. Amanda
    13/05/2015 / 6:35 am

    An oversupply of milk that also meant having a flow likened to a torrential flood.

  16. 13/05/2015 / 4:17 pm

    My partner struggled with our first child so this would be really helpful with our second on the way. Being a semi new Dad myself my life has done a full 180. I found it difficult to get the info I needed online about kid friendly places to eat (that were affordable too), good parks with change tables etc. On weekends my partner is in bed suffering badly with Hyperemesis so I’m very weary about how safe and appropriate the places we go to breakfast are. What I have done now is create a Dad blog at http://www.waynosworld.com.au where I article my days as a Dad helping others get the resource’s that I couldn’t find. It also helps if you like pies, as I like to eat lots of them 🙂

  17. Monica S.
    13/05/2015 / 5:54 pm

    I was so lucky with breastfeeding..lots of milk, no pain or problems and two babies who latched easily. The only thing that caused any issues was unexpected leakage…yikes!

  18. Becky Downey
    14/05/2015 / 12:39 pm

    Finding a comfortable position!

  19. Trudy Mylrea
    14/05/2015 / 1:10 pm

    I hope I can breast feed my baby that will arrive soon, l I have taken note of all the helpful comments.

  20. Shannon
    14/05/2015 / 7:57 pm

    Having had my baby 6 weeks early my milk hadn’t come in so I forced to have to take tablets to bring on and then increase my milk supply. When I pumped I only got 10mls at most out of each breast, I gave up after 3 months, it was very stressful. I was told, after I stopped breastfeeding, that the brand and type of pump can actually make a difference. I am hoping not to have these issues with my next one as I am desperate to breastfeed and pump for longer this time

  21. Samantha jade
    14/05/2015 / 10:15 pm

    I had terrible mastitis. It happened really fast and I was in a lot of pain and had too much milk. I ended up in hospital with a abscess after a few days. Feeding was very painful but I kept on going. A pump like this could of been so helpful.

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