|Product Dimensions||2.13 x 2.87 x 2.13 inches|
|Item model number||68020|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Material Type||BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free|
|Bottle nipple type||Vented|
|Item Weight||2.96 ounces|
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Medela Calma Breast Milk Bottle Nipple for Breastmilk Feeding, Mimics Natural Feeding, Compatible with All Medela Bottles Through Each Stage of Breast Milk Feeding, Made Without BPA
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- Vented nipple helps avoid gassiness
- Mimics natural feeding behavior
- Flow control valve allows baby to control milk flow. Milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum.
- One size or shape nipple for all stages of breast milk feeding
- Made without BPA
- Compatible with all Medela breast milk bottles
- Flow control valve allows baby to control milk flow
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Breastfeeding. ..the Very Heart of Our Business
Medela’s primary focus is breastfeeding. ..by helping moms to successfully breastfeed their babies and to do so for as long as they choose. Meeting this goal responsibly is at the heart of everything we do.
Medela Calma Breast Milk Feeding Nipple
Designed exclusively for breast milk feeding.
Switching from bottle back to breast has never been easier. Calma was developed using evidence-based research on babies' natural feeding behavior so you can enjoy your breastfeeding bond longer.
With Calma, the milk will only flow if your baby works and creates vacuum to remove the milk. This enables the feeding behavior learned at the breast to be used with Calma.
- Flow control valve allows baby to control milk flow.
- Milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum.
- Mimics natural feeding behavior: baby can feed, pause and breathe, similar to breastfeeding.
- One size/shape nipple for all stages of breast milk feeding.
- Made without BPA, safe plastic designed to retain breast milk's benefits.
Calma Breast Milk Feeding Nipple
(1) all-stage nipple, (1) cap, (1) lid
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Medela calm is designed exclusively for breast milk feeding. Switching from bottle to breast has never been easier. Natural feeding behavior encourages easy transition from bottle to breast. Includes (1) all stage nipple, (1) cap, (1) lid made without BPA safe for mom and baby. All Medela breast milk bottles and products that come in contact with breast milk are and always have been made without BPA. Dimensions-Unit Size/Packaging- 5-1/4 x 3 x 2-3/8 ,Unit Weight-0.2 lbs.
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customers can contact Medela Customer Service at 800-435-8316 ,they can also use the form at the following link: http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/contact-us
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For the first time, squeeze the long part of nipple together then place a finger over the tip of the nipple, then turn bottle upside down, release the squeeze around the long part. This is create a mini vacuum and cause milk to flow into the nipple. You'll see it. (I recommend practicing with water first). Then offer the bottle to baby for the first time with it "primed." Having milk in the nipple helps them to know what to do.
Your feeding technique is important. Sit baby upright (if laying back they'll gag & choke). Stroke baby's cheeks with nipple until they make the "fish lips" expression. Put bottle in baby's mouth, aiming for the roof of the mouth (need to ensure the nipple gets placed above the tongue). Put the nipple all the way into baby's mouth. It looks long and like you'll gag them but it doesn't work, if it's not all the way in. Then lift bottle so the fluid level just barely covers the opening valve. If it fully covers it baby can get too much milk at once if they're used needing to perform vigorous stimulation for let-down. The trick is to change the angle of the bottle depending on babies needs (I also recommend filling bottle with water and experimenting with it yourself). Don't take it out of their mouth that will upset them. Simply change it from bottle above baby's mouth to go faster to below to go slower. You have to watch & listen to baby while feeding. If their eyes are getting big, they're coughing, milk is coming out the sides or you hear swallowing/gulping more frequently than when nursing it's too fast and the bottle angle should be lowered. If they're crying, fussy or tight lipped it's probably too slow. It is a skill that gets better with practice.
The good part is if baby sucks hard they get more, suck a little they get less. The problem is baby may be used to needing to suck hard & fast then wait for let-down. With this nipple if they suck hard & fast and caregiver doesn't have correct bottle angle, then A LOT of milk will come out right away and can surprise and overwhelm baby.
This a great nipple but it does require some responsive holding from the person feeding.
All those criticisms are true. I don't understand how a nipple can cost as much as even the more expensive, well-rated glass baby bottles out there. Milk can flow really fast if you're not paying attention to how you're holding the bottle or how the baby is feeding from it. It's particularly irksome during a night feed when you're so tired that you want nothing more than to sleep, or you actually do fall asleep, right in the middle of the feed, only to be awoken by a shrieking baby, either drenched in spilt milk or with gas pains from drinking too quickly. I've found it especially annoying when, even after feeding the baby very responsively, milk collected in the nipple (it's a different construction than most other nipples, forming a sort of reservoir where it's hard to get baby to finish sucking out that last bit of milk, without sucking extra milk into that space) splashes out when I accidentally knock the bottle over (I've been using it on tall, narrow Medela milk storage bottles, so they're top-heavy). And if you find that another nipple and/or bottle combination works for you, then by all means, stick with it.
My baby was born with a lip and tongue tie, and every attempt at breastfeeding was spectacularly unsuccessful, even after several lactation consultant appointments, both while recovering at the hospital and privately at home. Baby was therefore bottle-fed from the very beginning. Baby was perfectly content at the bottle, but the whole "pumping, cleaning pump parts, feeding baby, oh, I guess it's time to pump again" rigamarole just was not working for me, especially after my husband went back to work. I tried transitioning baby to breastfeeding, but for the most part, baby was not having it. On the rare occasion that baby did latch, it was incredibly painful because, rather than suck, baby bit, even after the lip and tongue tie revisions. None of the suck training exercises on YouTube seemed to help, either, so 2 months in, I was almost ready to give up on breast milk altogether, pending a final attempt at a referral to an occupational or physical therapist.
While waiting for the next pediatrician appointment to get the referral, I bought this nipple because it claimed not to let milk flow unless baby sucked properly. It was expensive, but after all the time, effort, and money I'd already thrown at trying to get breastfeeding to work, this seemed like a drop in the bucket.
The first (and second, and third, and... well, probably many more after that) time I tried it, baby was PISSED. The usual biting, which had worked with every other nipple previously (NUK, Joovy Boob, Born Free Breeze, Comotomo -- yeah, I went through a lot of them), was not working for baby. I guess baby's sucking technique must have been really, really awful because, at one point, I started wondering if maybe the nipple just didn't work at all, so I tried it myself. Turns out, yep, it does work, but, as advertised, you do need to create suction for it to work.
A couple weeks have now gone by, and while baby's sucking technique is not perfect, it is much better, as measured by the level of pain experienced when breastfeeding and by my increased milk production (supply being driven by demand, etc.). I previously struggled to produce 30% to 50% of baby's consumption (the rest being formula), while using a hospital grade electric breast pump. I am now able to exclusively feed breast milk (breastfeeding on one side while collecting milk from the other with a silicone manual pump, and if necessary, feeding the collected milk using the Medela Calma nipple), and have even inadvertently ended up with an extra supply of breast milk in the fridge.
This success is still relatively new, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
As for if the Medela Calma nipple is really responsible or if baby is just finally learning how to suck properly, maybe it's both. I will say that when I temporarily switched back to a different nipple / bottle combination, though, I noticed the biting happening again, and when I came back to the Medela Calma nipple, things improved.
While I realize that these may work for some, those babies can likely get by with any nipple, and these are no better (and apparently worse!) than other nipples designed for breastfeeding babies. Save yourself $ and buy the Dr. Browns bottles, which also reduce gas and colic in your babe.
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I am a new mom with sore nipples and a constantly hungry baby. The pediatrician recommended Calma, saying that it would work with any bottle,so I went ahead and ordered it despite the high price.
Now, I'm stuck with a nipple that only works with Medela bottles, which makes this a ridiculously expensive deal. You buy the nipple for 1400 bucks, then spend another 1100 for a set of three bottles when you actually have only one nipple to use with them.
I just hope it does what it promises! Will update this review once I receive the damn bottles.
3 Feb 2016
Edited to add: So the bottles finally arrived, and I tried to feed my baby breast milk using Calma. He cried inconsolably, and completely rejected the nipple. Two days later, I'm still struggling. Not recommended unless you have the heart to let your starving baby cry forever before he accepts Calma.
Funciona bien, la leche solo sale si el bebe succiona a diferencia de los biberenos tradicionales que sale sola...
El unico tema es que el flujo de leche es como para bebes de 3 meses en adelante... para bebes de un mes o dos si se puede usar, pero el flujo puede ser mucho para el bebe... mejor probarlo antes de encargar varios
Al igual que todos los biberenos modernos hay que unir piezas para dar una toma.. mejor que los dr brown en el aspecto de que no tienen tubitos que limpiar... de producto es más fácil su limpieza creo yo
Compatible con los biberones de medela, practicos cuando se tiene todo el kit, sacaleches, biberon, calma... etc
Recomiendo esperar oferta porque el precio si es un poco elevado si se adquieren varios