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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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#Competition: Latch Newborn Starter Kit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas | Posted on 24-12-2014

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Breastfeeding is a tricky business. In theory – and in the mountains of leaflets and information you receive whilst you’re pregnant – it sounds easy enough, but when it comes to doing it it’s never quite as simple as you’re led to believe. It’s also rather painful. As someone who failed to breastfeed either of my boys – for genuine medical reasons before the mafia get me – I only ever experienced the tougher side of feeding. I know plenty of people who take to it with ease, whose babies are pro’s from day one, and who feed with minimal effort for months and months.

One of the decisions we made when I was pregnant with both my boys is that it was important for us for Daddy to feed too, both for the bonding experience and to allow him to do occasional night feeds to give me a chance to get any sleep. Now sadly on both occasions the decision was taken away from us – appendicitis is never advised, and my second labour experience is best not talked about near anyone planning to have any babies – so we bottle fed pretty much from the start. Little Man was combination fed from day 4, moving on to purely bottle fed from week two, and Little Dude managed about 24 hours of me feeding him before everything went a little bit wrong.

Had we had the opportunity to purely breast feed, and had we had the option to provide expressed breast milk in a bottle, we would certainly have been keen to try out the new Latch bottles from Munchkin. Unlike other leading brand bottles which are designed to look like breasts, Latch bottles are designed to mimic the movement of the breast during feeding. The teat on a Latch bottle is designed to move in the same manner your nipple would, extending as your baby latches on and replicating the feeding process s if it were your breast he was feeding from. This is the ideal bottle if you want to combine bottle and breast feeding as there’ll be no confusion from your baby and no difference in the feeding experience from their point of view. Also, due to the “accordion style” way the teat flexes, your baby is able to stay correctly latched on, so there chance of air being taken in is decreased, therefore reducing the danger of colic. Colic is definitely something to avoid where possible. Trust me.

The team at Munchkin have got one of the super Latch Newborn Starter Kits to giveaway. The kit contains four bottles, teats, a bottle cleaning brush and a brush to clean the valve too. Its everything you need to get your Latch experience off and running. To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway