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Before the Comotomo Bottle
From day one, my daughter was sensitive about what went into her mouth and when. She took to breastfeeding like a pro, but when it came to pacifiers and bottles we had a battle on our hands. At 4 weeks old, I simply touched a pacifier to her lips and she gagged as if I had shoved the whole thing down her throat!
My luck was a little better at meal time. At 4 weeks old, I introduced her to one of the million AVENT bottles friends and family had purchased for us before her arrival. I remember being so excited to receive the pretty glass and plastic options in all 4 sizes. They were washed, sterilized and organized by height in my kitchen cabinet. I “knew” I would get great use out of them… or so I thought. (NOTE: This is NOT to say that AVENT bottles aren’t good! They are GREAT! They just simply didn’t work for us.)
Ellianna took the bottle for the first 3-4 weeks after introduction. I had heard horror stories about breastfed babies and their refusal to accept a bottle. I felt so lucky! My baby was a breeze! Our luck continued through her second month of life and then all of a sudden (as I’m sure you suspected) things shifted. No more bottle. None. At. ALL. It was like a switch flipped inside her pretty little head and she was determined not to eat from anything unless it was attached to my body.
The Long Battle
From this point forward the screaming that ensued when I would try to get her to take a bottle was unmerciful. It would literally make the hair on my arms stand up. I couldn’t bear to let her scream when I knew the simple solution was to let her breastfeed. Needless to say, I gave in almost every single time. I know that made the problem worse, but at that point I was simply following my motherly instincts and hoping for the best.
Several months passed and Ellie consistently refused to allow anyone else to feed her. I tried several different bottles, nipples, milk temperatures, feeding positions, etc. Nothing worked. I was at my wits end. I was also a little sad because I knew it was having an effect on everyone else’s relationship with her as well. My husband wanted to be able to feed her when she was upset, or to help me out when I was trying to get something done. Unfortunately, each attempt at a bottle led to frustration on everyone’s part.
One day I ran across a post on one of the Facebook mommy groups I follow. Another mama was going through the same struggle with her little boy and several people were talking about the success they had with Comotomo. I was a little skeptical at first. After hearing so many different stories about what worked, I was hesitant to spend even MORE money on another brand.
I did a little research and found that the Comotomo bottle mimics a natural nipple. It encourages baby to latch in the exact same fashion as they would a breast. It’s wide-mouth design means it’s super easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and soft for baby to grab onto. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.
The night my bottle arrived my husband was working his late shift in the ER. I was home alone, but didn’t want to wait to try it out. As I prepped the bottle, I promised not to get my hopes up because I knew getting her to take it would be nothing short of a miracle. I decided if she screamed, I wasn’t going to force it. I warmed up the bottle to the “perfect” temperature, settled into a spot on the floor (a place I never breastfeed) and showed her the bottle. At first, she wasn’t interested, but she didn’t scream. I decided to keep trying for a bit since she wasn’t upset. After a few minutes, she stuck the bottle in her mouth and drank a full 5 ounces. I couldn’t believe it. I actually started to cry.
My LOVE for the Comotomo Bottle
I tried not to get too excited for fear that it was a fluke incident. The next night (around the same time) I introduced the bottle again. This time she reached for it! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!???? I couldn’t believe I hadn’t purchased this bottle sooner.
Needless to say, the Comotomo bottle has been a game changer in our household. My husband and I were finally able to go on our first dinner date (six months in the making!).
If your baby is struggling to take a bottle, or if you know a mama that’s having a hard time, I would HIGHLY recommend giving Comotomo a chance. I’m not saying it’s a definite fix for everyone. God knows, each of our babies are different, but if you have the few dollars to spare, it’s totally worth a try.
When we decide to expand our family in the future I guarantee that this bottle is the only thing you will find occupying my kitchen shelves!!