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This new feeding solution ensures that babies do not have to change their natural feeding behaviour. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma - the milk flows when the baby "works" for it.
- Baby smiling with Medela Calma breastmilk feeding solution
How babies breastfeed
Our latest studies with researchers from the University of Western Australia show that creating a vacuum is essential to successfully breastfeed. Babies learn very early on that they have to produce a vacuum for the breastmilk to flow by using a tongue up and tongue down motion. Their natural way of sucking requires intensive work during breastfeeding!
How it works
Just like when breastfeeding, baby latches onto the Calma feeding solution by creating suction. Once suction has been established, the baby uses their tongue to increase or decrease the level of suction. When suction is at baseline (low level of suction), breastmilk will not flow through Calma. However, when a baby increases the level of suction, breastmilk will start to flow at the speed and quantity baby decides.
Conventional nipples accelerate an unnatural technique
Conventional nipples change the mechanics around how your baby feeds, which essentially means your baby has to learn a new method for feeding. Usually, this feeding method requires less work on the part of your baby, so over time they find it “easier” and sometimes will not want to go back to the “harder” feeding method needed at the breast. This harder feeding method is critical for helping in the proper jaw development for your baby, and without it, your baby can be more prone to developing ear infections and malocclusion.
Benefits of using Calma
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- Geddes, D.T., Kent, J.C. Mitoulas, L.R. and Hartmann, P.E. (2008) Tongue Movement and intra-oral vacuum in breastfeeding infants. Early Human Development 84: 471 - 477.
- Geddes, D.T., Sakalidis, V.S., Hepworth, A.R., McClellan, H.L., Kent, J.C., Lai, C.T. and Hartmann, P.E. (2011) Tongue movement and intra-oral vacuum of term infants during breastfeeding and feeding from an experimental teat that released milk under vacuum only. Early Human Development 88: 443 - 449.