Medela Calma Bottle Review

Good Morning!

Sorry I have been a bit MIA on the blog lately.. this weekend was VERY busy and I’m just now catching up.

Today I wanted to take the chance to tell you about the Medela Calma bottle.

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As you know I have been having a VERY hard time with Gabriella taking a bottle. She took it two days after she was born (I started pumping right when I got home) & she did great with it. We were giving her a bottle a day. During the holidays it was just easier to nurse her, so we missed two weeks without giving her a bottle…and boy were those two weeks crucial. Since those two weeks, she has refused the bottle. We have been trying for OVER a month to give her one.

Craig would get home from work, I would heat the milk (it’s all breast milk) and then he would give her the bottle. I would try to do other stuff- like cook dinner- so that I was not in the room, and so that I was out of her site. NOTHING worked.

Then I read about the Calma. “Calma is a research-based nipple used with a BPA-free breast milk bottle designed to allow babies to maintain their natural feeding behavior and transition from bottle back to breast with ease—a revolution for breastfeeding mothers.” This sounded like a DREAM come TRUE!

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One thing about most bottles is that there are ‘stages’ of nipples. But these stages don’t always correspond with your natural flow. I know that I have a fast flow, and the level one (newborn) nipples did NOT work with Gabriella when she did take a bottle. They were way too slow and she would get frustrated.

What’s unique about Calma is that it is more than a conventional bottle nipple: it’s a research-based feeding solution designed exclusively for breastfed babies to support mothers in maintaining their breastfeeding goals, especially during life transitions. (IE: Going back to work) With Calma, the milk will only flow if the baby works & creates vacuum to remove the milk. This enables the feeding behavior learned at the breast to be used with Calma.

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I decided with this bottle to let Gabriella just kind of play with it at first. I wanted to get her comfortable around it, so I let her just suck on it- which also helped with her teething. Win win 😉

It was time for the true test.

I heated up some breast milk and got the bottle ready. I put her in her bouncer & Craig gave her the bottle.

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Now, let’s start from the beginning. Since she was used to the bottle, she did take it in her mouth. It took her a minute to figure out the nipple, because she was used to the traditional nipple. She did start sucking on it, and she realized that is how you get the milk,

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I also liked that the area surrounding the nipple was more realistic to a breast. It wasn’t perfectly smooth, but had little bumps surrounding it.

Now once Gabriella kind of realized it was a bottle, she did her usual- she would just move the nipple around her mouth from side to side.

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The GOOD thing is she wasn’t crying when we tried to give it to her. She didn’t exactly TAKE it, but she did get a bit of milk.- more than with the other bottles we had tried.

IF I could go back, I would of purchased these bottles when I was registering for bottles. I LOVE the design, and I do feel like they are IDEAL for breastfeeding Moms. You cannot find another nipple out there like this one. I feel like if we had started her with these bottles, she would have been more open to taking the bottle…and it wouldn’t have been a fight.

The downsides to the bottle? Only two. First one- the price. At Babies R Us the 5oz Calma bottle is $19.99, the 8oz is $24.99 & the nipple alone is $17.99. But the good thing is that Babies constantly has these on a Buy one, get one 50% off. The other thing is that with all of the money I have spent on bottles (Dr. Browns, Playtex, Avant, Tommee Tippeee) & nipples (clear nipples, brown nipples, fast flow nipples, slow flow nipples, etc.) I would HAPPILY pay $19.99 for this bottle! SO WORTH IT!

Second one- there are a lot of parts to the bottle. Honestly though, I don’t think it’s really a ‘downside,’ only because that is what MAKES the bottle- all of the parts. But if you are not a fan of cleaning bottles, then you may not be too fond of the four different pieces.

I knew Medela was a great brand- I have a Medela double electric pump & I LOVE it- and this bottle didn’t disappoint at all!

We are going to keep trying with the Calma to get Gabriella to take the bottle. I think with a few more tries, she may take it! Like I said earlier, she didn’t hate it, which is a HUGE step in the right direction! 🙂

If you are a Mom having a problem with bottle feeding, I highly suggest trying the Medela Calma. Medela also has a breastfeeding app for your phone, to help make life even easier!

Disclosure: I was given Calma by Medela for my review. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I shared is completely honest & my own.”

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3 thoughts on “Medela Calma Bottle Review

  1. I have an extra Calma at home and Cora doesn’t use it (and I could prob get more from LC’s at work) — would you want it if I can find it??

    Cora did well with it — but when she would create that vacuum and get milk — the flow was too fast for her and a ton of milk came out — and much of it on her clothes b/c she wasn’t keeping up.

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