Minbie: Nuturing Baby’s Instincts

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Provided things go well with my healing, I’ll be headed back to work in a few weeks (gulp). This means the girls have been getting used to bottles. We’ve tried three different kinds of bottles in the last 6 weeks, including one sent to me to test out, the Minbie. According to US Family Guide, Minbie is “the result of 10 years R&D by and Australian Mom, who was frustrated with the inadequacies of the functionality of generic bottle teat on the market when she had children, with the bottles taking over breastfeeding rather then supporting a baby’s ability to breastfeed well”.

Here’s what the Minbie nipple looks like. TMI alert, this is not the shape that my babies are used to.

Minbie Nipple

Source: US Family Guide

How is Minbie different than other teats?

Our research has found that generic and orthodontic bottle-teats can quickly teach newborns a different latch and feeding-action to the newborn’s natural instinctive breastfeeding technique. This may be sufficient for bottle feeding, but it can cause feeding confusion and problems such as a ‘weak latch’ and ‘lazy feeding’ when the baby is breastfeeding.

How did Minbie work for the twins?

When I was asked to participate in the review, they suggested only using the Minbie. Any issues with using it could indicate that baby’s instinctive feeding technique had been damaged. Unfortunately, before the product arrived, we had to introduce bottles (in the hospital, not really our choice, but it kept the girls out of the NICU). Both Ava and Isla took from the Minbie without any problem; however, at this stage in their feeding game, it’s not their favorite. That’s not to say it didn’t work. Look at Isla’s latch.

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She was able to latch really well with the Minbie. This is what is happening inside the baby’s mouth when they drink from this bottle:

Source: US Family Guide

 

The only downside I have to report (what makes it not our top go-to bottle) is that the flow is very slow. My milk must come out pretty quick for the girls, so they do not do well with any bottle with a slower nipple. What’s happening with our Minbie bottles? We will likely use them more around the 4-month mark, when they are a little more advanced and eating slower. (The bottles are for babies ages 0-6 months.)

Information on Minbie, from US Family Guide: 

We passionately believe that you should be able to breastfeed and bottle-feed your baby.

To help you, we have created Minbie, which is a teat designed to support your newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique. This means that when newborns feed from Minbie, they practice the instinctive latch and feeding-action for nurturing breastfeeding. This is a significant breakthrough in matching breast and bottle-feeding techniques and preventing feeding-confusion*.

For newborns who can not be breastfed, we created Minbie to allow them to bottle-feed with the instinctive breastfeeding technique that they are born with because why shouldn’t they be able to feed intuitively with the technique that is developmentally right for them and that helps release digestive enzymes for proper digestion of the milk.

You can find out more about Minbie (and purchase it) on their website, minbie.com. Because they are an Australian company, they subsidize shipping to the US only charging $6.20 USD.

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