With Calma babies do not have to change their natural feeding behaviour. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma - the milk flows when the baby applies vacuum.
- Baby with Medela breastmilk teat Calma
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. Their natural way of sucking requires intensive work during breastfeeding!
- Medela Calma breastmilk teat
Calma - the unique breastmilk teat for your baby
For a mother looking for a solution to feed her child breastmilk, Calma is ideal. Calma was developed based on the results of our studies with the University of Western Australia. That's why Calma is the unique teat for babies who are being breastfed with breastmilk, as it allows them to suck, swallow and breathe, as learned on the breast. Whether you breastfeed or use Calma, the baby has to create a vacuum for breastmilk to flow. As soon as the baby pauses, the flow is stopped, this is also the way with breastfeeding.
Similar as with breastfeeding, your baby can
- drink, pause and breathe in its natural rhythm,
- create its individual vacuum through a combination of tongue and jaw movements,
- retain its natural way of sucking, which supports an easy transition from breastfeeding to feeding breastmilk with Calma and back to the breast.
- Gomes C F (2006). Surface Electromyography of facial muscles during natural and artificial feeding of infants. Journal of Paediatrics, (Rio J), 82(2), 103 - 109
- Nyqvist, K H (2001). Early oral behaviour in pre-term infants during breastfeeding. An electromyographic study. Acta Oaediatrica, 90(6) 658 - 663
- Mizuno K., and Ueda A., Changes in sucking performances from non-nutritive sucking to nutritive sucking during breast-and bottle-feeding Pediatric Research Vol 59, No. 5 2006
- 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.