Sunday, March 5, 2017

MAM Anti-Colic bottles {review}

If you follow us on facebook (if you don't, you really should) then you may have seen my announcement about how Target stores are now carrying the Anti-Colic bottles by MAM.  I really wanted to go into why I recommend these bottles so that you didn't just see the announcement and move on. So... from one mama to another- here's the low down on these bottles:

{Disclosure:  I have received free product from MAM for the purpose of this review.  However, all opinions are my own and I actually owned the vented base MAM  bottle prior to this review so I really do use and trust them!}

A little background on myself:
I have two kiddos- a son who is nearly 2.5 and a daughter that just turned a month old.  I am a very-pro-breastfeeding mama who is very careful about not doing anything that might jeopardize being able to breastfeed.  With my son I took 3 months FMLA after he was born and then went back to work for a few months before leaving again to become a stay at home mom.  During my time back at work I would pump and my mom (who watched him) would give him bottles.  We only used MAM bottles.   For the remainder of his bottle-using time, whenever someone else would watch him, he would drink from our MAM vented-base bottles.

Now that my daughter is a month old, I feel comfortable taking a few hours away to go on a "date" alone with my son.  Of course, we wanted to make sure that she would take a bottle before I left so we gave her the MAM anti-colic bottle a try and she took right off!

{Here's a good look at the front design of the bottles.  These new ones have 2 sides- one design and one to measure!}

Why MAM?
Mam was the first pacifier my son took and in turn the only pacifier he would take so I figured he would like the bottles as well.  MAM is also known for using it's patented silk nipple on it's bottles and pacifiers which 94% of babies accept and makes transitioning from breast to bottle easy because of the feel and "flat" shape. (Which, like I said was a BIG deal for me)

MAM bottles are also super easy to use.  They easily twist apart into 6 pieces which can be washed in the dishwasher, boiling water or by using MAM's 3 step self-sterilizing instructions. (psst.. the pacifiers also self sterilize in their container)

{So easy to use my toddler could help feed his baby sister.  And boy, was he SO proud to do so!}

Why use anti-colic?
Neither of my babies had trouble with colic.  They did however both have trouble with taking in too much air when they drank.  My son is a gulper- whether on the breast, bottle or even sippy cup- and my daughter although she doesn't mean to gulp has trouble keeping up with an active letdown while nursing.  Over time I have found positions and tricks that help with this but because my babies were used to drinking this way from the breast, I wanted to find a bottle that would lessen this problem if possible.  *Enter MAM anti-colic bottles*

MAM Anti-Colic bottles are made with a vented-base.  This means that the bottom of the bottle has holes that help regulate pressure which prevents air from getting gulped down into babe's tummy when s/he drinks.

(Above) How the vented base looks with the rubber part in.
(Below) How the vented base looks underneath the rubber.

These awesome bottles come in both 5 oz and 9 oz sizes (we have both and like them each for different uses) and a variety of colors/designs.  The gold bunnies and blue foxes are my favorites!

Like I said, these are the only bottles I have used with my children for the last 2.5 years and I personally recommend them to anyone.  I would like to say something that I don't love about them to balance out this review but honestly I love everything about them.  We are a huge MAM family and as an active breastfeeding proponent, I love MAM products.  Of course, you don't have to be a  breastfeeding mama to love these bottles (or a mom of a baby with colic) that's just a few of the reasons why I personally advocate for these.

...and hello, they are available at Target now!  I need to go back there anyways to shop for that summer swimsuit! (come on, warm weather!)  Okay... and we all know I'll probably come out of the store with a few additional items- darn you dollar bins! #dontjudgeme