*This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
I always have been, and always will be, an advocate for breastfeeding. I nursed my oldest until she was two years old. While I loved every minute of it, I had a difficult time going from breast to bottle. We were never able to find a bottle that she truly enjoyed taking. After having my second baby, I knew I wanted something that was as close as possible to the breast as possible. The NUK Simply Natural bottles have been my lifesaver. They allow for me to easily go from breast to bottle when leaving my little boy with a sitter for a night.
From Breast to Bottle
Breastfeeding is not only a way to feed your baby. It is a unique bonding experience for both mother and baby. As I mentioned, I am exclusively breastfeeding my son up until he self-weans. While there are numerous benefits to breastfeeding, there can also be a few pitfalls. One thing that I experienced with my oldest, is the sometimes difficult transition from breast to bottle. We had a difficult time finding any bottles that she would take. Which made leaving her with a caregiver almost impossible. With my youngest, I was determined to find a great bottle so I could get some much needed relief from time to time.
NUK Simply Natural Bottles
Thankfully, I discovered the NUK Simply Natural line of bottles and we fell in love. These bottles are specially designed to mimic a mother’s breast. Not only are the nipples modeled after the shape of a breast, they also have up to nine small holes as opposed to one. The breast doesn’t have just one “hole” where milk comes out, there are numerous small areas on a human nipple that excrete milk. To make the breast to bottle transition easier, NUK has modeled their Simply Natural line after real women. The soft and flexible silicone promotes a good latch so the baby will feel more at ease as it is similar to a real breast. There are three different flow options as well which you can choose depending on your child’s needs.
You can purchase these bottles at either Walmart or Target. You also have the option to purchase the Freemie Cups, which are perfect for discreet breast milk collection either at Target or Walmart as well.
When I received the NUK Simply Natural bottles, I decided I wanted to go ahead and try them out. I thawed out some frozen milk to use for my son’s next feeding. Now, as I mentioned earlier, my daughter would never take a bottle if I was around. So this was a big test. Feeding time rolled around, and too my pleasant surprise, my little boy had no resistance to taking the bottle. I was extremely pleased. I will be leaving him with a caregiver more often, and these bottles will come in very handy.
Since I plan to continue breastfeeding, I love that these bottles do not cause nipple confusion. I was worried that after taking a bottle, my little boy would not want the breast anymore. Thankfully, that was not the case. Due to the natural design, I have been able to go from breast to bottle and back to breast with no issues.This has helped foster the feeding bond that I have with my son while allowing for free time once in a while.