When Munchkin contacted me and asked me to try their LATCH bottle, I was not too hopeful. After all, I had tried every single bottle available on the market so if there was a bottle which would turn my little breastfeeding addict into a milk bottle drinker, surely I would have found it by then…
How wrong was I? The first time Wriggly tried her LATCH bottle, she drank 90 ml of formula! Until then, she had had maybe 30 ml at most, spitting back the majority of it!
I will not lie and say it was plain sailing, with a bottle-refusing baby turning teat-addict overnight. Far from that, my friends, but you know what? After a few days persevering and offering a bottle every evening, she started enjoying it and drinking most of it.
To start with, she needed lots of Mummy cuddles and closeness to drink her bottle, but she now drinks it on her own, walking around the living room or lying down with her siblings. Result!
LATCH promises to ease “transition from breast to bottle and back” and they are not exaggerating! “Proper latch is achieved when mom’s nipple reaches all the way back to baby’s soft palate. The accordion-style nipple on LATCH stretches like the breast, helping baby latch easily and correctly.” It really does!
Munchkin have not created yet another bottle design. What they did was reinvent the bottle to mimic breastfeeding, and avoid the dreaded ‘teat to nipple’ or ‘nipple to teat’ confusion. LATCH has an accordion teat that moves and also works pretty much like the breast. So baby actually has to latch (hence the name!) on the bottle, just like they would when they are breastfeeding. If you want my opinion, that is a revolutionary design. The bottle also has a valve that avoids air bubbles in the milk and thus reduces the risk of colic.
Check my little lady. It looks like she is breastfeeding but she is having a bottle!
If you want proof, have a look at how the bottle stretches:
Were you breastfed or bottle fed?
You could win a LATCH™ Newborn Bottle Starter Set
How to enter the giveaway:
Check the instructions in the form below. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us whether you were breastfed or bottle fed for your entry to be valid.
Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 19 January 2016. Good luck!
– This is a sponsored post.
– The prize will be supplied directly by Munchkin UK.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– All opinions and photographs (other than the photo of the prize on Gleam) are my own.