Congrats to our winner Heather!
Twelve years ago I was an overwhelmed, terrified first-time mom lying in a hospital bed after almost 24 hours of labor at a teaching hospital, where it seemed like my vagina was open for business and public viewing.Â Suffice it say, I was exhausted and when a La LecheÂ representative walked into my room and began to rattle off how important it was for me to start breastfeeding as soon as possible; I begrudgingly obliged. Although I had planned to formula feed — and even bought the bottles I had planned to use — the breastfeeding cheerleader was not going to let me go without a fight. After several minutes of indoctrinating me with guilt, I succumbed to the pressure to be a dutiful mother and give my baby the best possible start — which she implored me would not be possible if I chose formula over breast milk.
Those first two months were brutalâ€¦ my daughter seemed unable to latch on properly and we had a bit of an adjustment period which was consisted of me sobbing for the better part of most days. My inability to breastfeed had me feeling completely inept that something as natural as breastfeeding felt like the most unnatural and trickiest part of motherhood for me.
I also craved my pre-baby body back, and felt that Iâ€™d done my part to house my daughter for nine months- during which time I swore off coffee, diet soda and the hardest sacrifice; letting my blonde highlights fade to brown . I was honestly ready to reclaim my body-and allow my husband equally shoulder the feeding responsibilities. And yet- the opposition I experienced from other mothers, as well as my La Leche local chapter- was akin to my basically denying my baby the sustenance she rightfully deserved. I felt so incredibly guilty for wanting to choose formula over breast milk, so I soldiered on for three more weeks until my cracked, raw nipples had reached their limit. And stillÂ years after the fact, I feel guilty.
Of course with the perspective of many years I realize one thing- breastfeeding is a CHOICE. There are NO right or wrong choices. But if You do decide to breastfeed luckily there are some breastfeedingÂ products that make life easier for breastfeeding mothers and one of them isÂ the KiindeTwist Feeding System.
A new twist on infant breastmilk feeding, the Kiinde Twist feeding system allows you to directly pump from ANY pump into breastmilk storage pouches with leak-proof, twist-locking caps. You can then label, organize, store, warm, and feed from that same pouch – without ever having to transfer precious breast milk from bottles to bags. Collapsible pouches completely eliminate gas from your babyâ€™s meal, and Active Latch nipples are designed to teach natural breastfeeding behaviors that ease the transition between bottle and breast.starter kit – https://www.kiinde.com/
Pump, store, organize, warm, and feed using the same pouch! The Kiinde Twistâ„¢ system completely eliminates the need to transfer precious milk from bottles to bags and back again!
This Breastmilk collection, storage, preparation, and feeding gift set contains:
|20||Twist Pouchesâ„¢, direct-pump, recyclable breastmilk storage pouches.|
|8||Direct-Pumpâ„¢ adapters (compatible with ALL major pump brands).|
|1||Keeperâ„¢ breastmilk storage bag holder.|
|2||Squeezeâ„¢ natural feeding bottles.|
|2||Slow flow Active Latchâ„¢ nipples with cases|
|2||Nipple cleaning brushes|
Kiinde Twist Pouchesâ„¢ combine the toughness and leak-proof guarantee of a bottle with the cost-effectiveness, compact size, and convenience of a disposable breastmilk storage bag.
- Pouches hold up to 150mL, and have an easy-to-see labeling surface.
- BPA, PVC, and pthalate-free.
Using the included Direct-Pumpâ„¢ adapters, Twist Pouchesâ„¢ twist-lock onto pumps from all major brands, for leak-free, transfer-free pumping, directly into the pouch.
After pumping, store and organize Twist Pouches using the Kiinde Keeperâ„¢ breastmilk storage bag holder, which fits in all standard fridges and freezers.
- Keeper allows you to quickly and easily organize your expressed breastmilk storage bags by date. Its universal design fits Kiinde Twist Pouchesâ„¢, and breastmilk storage bags from all brands and sizes.
Feed directly from Kiinde Twist Pouchesâ„¢ using the Kiinde Squeezeâ„¢ natural feeding bottle, eliminating the need to transfer milk from bottles to bags and back again! Just snap the pouch directly into the Squeeze natural feeding bottle, squeeze the air out of the pouch, and pop the Active-Latchâ„¢ nipple on top!
- Twist Pouchesâ„¢ can completely eliminate gas from your babyâ€™s meal, without complicated venting mechanisms.
Active Latchâ„¢ nipples are designed to teach and reward deep, wide, natural latching. By requiring suction AND massaging of the nipple, they are designed to discourage “lazy latching”, and to ease the transition between bottle and breast.
Adapters, Keeper, bottle, nipples, nipple cases and nipple brushes are top rack dishwasher safe and steam sterilizer safe.
ALL COMPONENTS IN THE TWISTâ„¢ FEEDING SYSTEM ARE BPA-FREE, PTHALATE-FREE, AND PVC-FREE.
And because I support every mother’s RIGHT TO CHOOSE if you are a Breastfeeding mama or mom-to-be you can enter to win A Kiinde Twistâ„¢ system .For a chance to win it leave a comment here with one tip you’d give a new mom! For a second entry you can Follow@MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway!Â For a Third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook!Â For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends August 30th at 12 noon EST!