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Medela Calma Solitaire
- Introducing the revolutionary breastfeeding-friendly feeding solution for breastmilk
- Breast is best but when Mum has to be separated from her baby for work or social reasons then Calma provides the right feeding solution
- Calma is the only scientific-based feeding device that helps to support the similar sucking behaviour of the baby at the breast
- Calma requires a similar sucking behaviour to breastfeeding using the tongue to create vacuum making it easier for babies to switch between breast and Calma
- Breastfeeding needs to be well established before introducing Calma, Calma is recommended for breastfed babies and not those who are currently bottle fed as they may find it difficult to feed
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Medela Calma Feeding Solution
Calma is a feeding solution designed for breastfed babies. It does not interfere with breastfeeding, and lets your baby feed in a similar way that it learned at the breast. The Calma method is just like breastfeeding, because your baby:
▪ Can drink, pause and breathe in a natural rhythm, remaining calm and settled, just like on the breast
▪ Needs to create a vacuum to start the milk flow, just like he/she does while breastfeeding
▪ Continues its natural way of sucking, allowing an easy transition from breast to Calma and back to breast again
Calma helps the baby to avoid ingesting air during the feed with a specially designed venting system. While the principle of venting is similar to other teats, Calma is regulated by a venting system that works every time, regardless of how tightly it is secured to the baby feeding bottle. Babies will be more likely to feed calmly, in their own natural rhythm.
How is Calma different from other teats?
Each baby can synchronise individually with Calma. When breastfeeding, each baby’s natural rhythm for sucking is unique but they all need to create a vacuum to remove milk from the breast Calma also allows the baby to keep its own, natural rhythm of suckling and to create a vacuum for the milk to flow. This similarity between breastfeeding and suckling with Calma means that the baby can easily return to mother’s breast and enjoy breastfeeding benefits and bonding for longer.
In contrast, conventional nipples change the mechanics of how your baby feeds, so it has to learn a new feeding method. As this usually requires less sucking effort, your baby may find it easier and over time be unwilling to go back to breastfeeding which requires more effort.
One size and shape fits all. The flow, shape and length of Calma are designed to suit your baby''s needs as they grow. With Calma your baby can continuously adjust the feed to their changing needs. So instead of comparing and searching for different teat shapes and sizes, you can buy the one-size-fits-all Calma. Just don’t forget to replace Calma every three months to ensure the highest hygienic standards for your baby.
Tips and Tricks to Support of New and Experienced Mums
It’s quite normal for your baby to be a bit fussy in the beginning when introduced to Calma; after all, this could be the first time it has come into contact with something other than the mother’s breast. While to us Calma looks perfectly normal, to your baby, it doesn’t smell, taste or feel like its mother’s breast. So have patience and try these tips:
▪ Let another adult (other than the mother) do the first feed with Calma.
▪ Hold your baby in a different position to how it feeds at the breast to establish a new way of feeding
▪ Dip the tip of Calma’s silicone part into the expressed breastmilk before starting the feed
▪ Hold Calma at an angle of about 45 degrees to your baby’s lower lip
▪ To encourage your baby to open its mouth to take Calma, stimulate the baby’s lip as you would with breastfeeding
▪ When your baby opens its mouth, place Calma on the tip of its tongue and do not push Calma in - your baby will take Calma in as far as it needs, just as it learned on the breast
▪ During the entire feeding process, leave Calma in the position your baby has chosen and do not interrupt the process
Don’t give up on Calma as it may take several tries for your baby to learn how to use it. If your baby has already used another teat, be aware that Calma works differently. Calma’s milk flow is controlled by the interaction between the way your baby sucks and the milk-flow control system. It is quite unlike a conventional teat – so just be patient.
A Feeding Solution Developed with Breastfeeding Experts
Studies by researchers from the University of Western Australia showed that creating a vacuum is essential for successful breastfeeding. Babies learn early on that they have to produce a vacuum with their sucking in order for the breastmilk to flow. This same natural way of creating a vacuum when sucking also applies when they use Calma. Before the Calma was released, the researchers examined it and verified its similarity to breastfeeding.
The Medela family company, headquartered in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, was founded by Olle Larsson in 1961. Medela concentrates on two business units: "Breastfeeding", with fundamental research that is recognised globally and leading in the development and manufacture of breastfeeding products, and "Healthcare", engineering and manufacturing highly innovative medical vacuum technology solutions. Medela has 18 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, distributes its products in over 90 countries, and employs 1,500 staff worldwide.
Health conscious mothers know it is important to buy BPA-free products for their babies. All Medela products that come into contact with breastmilk are proven to be safe for babies, made from polypropylene and BPA-free.
Made in Switzerland
- Like most Medela products, Calma is manufactured in Switzerland which is known for its high quality products, excellent working conditions and highly skilled workforce
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Top Customer Reviews
The Madela Calma teat works brilliantly. As the baby sucks, you can see the milk being sucked through the teat and it does very much look like the way milk comes out of the breast. Since we've been using this teat, my baby has dropped the bad habits she had picked up and transitions much easier between breast and bottle.
The teat is simple to assemble and clean. There are 3 parts, and it's very easy to clean.
It is quite different from other teats and can throw off people who've never used one before. You can't test the milk's temperature in the same way as before, as you do need to suck on the teat to get any milk through, for example. It also makes a strange (and endearing) clicking sound as the baby sucks.
It's a great teat for mothers who want to continue breastfeeding without worrying about transition, and I highly recommend it.
These units are not cheap, but after buying a Madela Swing pump when in hospital with our first we trusted the brand and were swung by the "closed thing to breast-feeding" claim. We've had nothing but success with these since feed number one!
There is one negative and that is the fiddly assembly each time after washing/sterilising, however you do develop the "knack". The bottle cap also doubles up as a sterile shield for the teat when travelling until needed.
Does EXACTLY what it claims.
Good quality materials.
Fits directly on feeding bottles (including those commonly used in neo-natal)
Price is high but well worth it.
Assembly has to be mastered.
We endured through a tough time getting breast feeding established so it was only at 6 weeks we started using our Calma. First impressions were good, baby took it straight away and first feed went well.
Then we had problems with it leaking, flowing far too quickly and, despite all the clever bits, contributing to our baby getting awful colic. I don't know how you can get putting it together wrong, however it's clearly possible, yet I still do not know what I did wrong. It's also very prone to causing the baby to choke. Medela claim the long teat is just like a nipple, however I'm yet to have the baby choke on the new bottles we are now using.
The final straw was when we, regrettably, had to start mixing in formula feeds to the mix. To be fair to Medela, they do state it won't work with formula - and it doesn't. The hole is too small - poor baby was sucking like mad and getting nothing. 50ml feed took an hour and he was only half way through. Torrid for all parties.
We've now switched to Dr Browns bottles. So much easier. Decent flow for breast and formula milk. Easy to out together and absolutely no colic problems since we started using them. Baby took them easily, no choking and still happy to breast feed.
Out of 6 mums in our NCT group, all started with Calma. We were the last to abandon it - the others got fed up with them before us. 0/6 is a pretty damning indictment.
It might work for you, but i would not recommend Calma.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We'd been trying to get our daughter to take a bottle of expressed milk to allow me the occasional few hours apart to spend some quality time with our toddler. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr DJ Williams
Calma and Madela are obviously the best when talking about how to compliment breastfeeding! I just really wanted to say how impressed I am with Amazon! Read morePublished 1 month ago by 'Mole
I swear by these! The teats don't distort if your nipper has a strong suck like my lil'boy does (hence my switch to these as tommee tippee teats are utter rubbish! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Limburn
Currently using this as struggling with getting my 4 day old to latch properly and I have to say these are amazing, she takes it very well and doesn't seem to have any problems as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chloe P
Apart from the teat leaking, it works fine for the actual feeding. The baby didn't struggle at all. But when I tilt the bottle at the feeding angle and then stand it up again, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stasie
From the very beginning my baby had problems latching and consequently feeding properly. I was getting very nervous and frustrated so our nurse recommended us to try with a breast... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raquel Aliste
I used this product with my first baby, and now with the second, great product.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect teat for combination feeding. My little boy had to have a bottle for five weeks whilst I got over ductal thrush and he came back to the breast with no trouble at all even... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great teats , mimic the breast .. Expensive though . Do sometimes get blocked so wash and sterilise carefullyPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer