breastfeeding made easy with Medela

While I was in hospital after having Aria, in amongst all the visitors and flowers, I received a lovely and thoughtful delivery from Medela: a bag full of goodies to make breastfeeding easier. They must have known how nervous I was about the whole deal.

Before I get into what I received and how it all works (and maybe a sneaky giveaway…), let me tell you a bit about Medela, in case you aren’t familiar with them.

Medela was founded in Switzerland in 1961by Olle Larsson. At their core, they are a research based company which is how they have become one of the global players when it comes to breastfeeding products and medical vacuum technology. They are passionate about the benefits of breast milk and because of this, have developed many different products for moms to make breastfeeding as easy as possible.

Let’s get into the goodies, shall we?

First up is the Calma Solitaire Teet (about R225 each). Although my wanted to exclusively breastfeed Aria, I wasn’t about to be the only one feeding her. My plan was to express milk every day so that Dan could give her one feed at night. My reason behind this was two fold: first and foremost I think that it’s very important for Dads to be made part of the routine and to have a special time each day where they can bond. My second reason was so that I could have some free time, even if it is just the length of one feed. I can have a longer shower, or paint my nails, or flip through a magazine. That’s where the Calma teet comes in – it has been designed as an alternative to breastfeeding for moms who still want to feed their babies with breast milk. Your baby will have to create a vacuum on the teet as they would on the breast to start the flow of the milk and because of the design, they will maintain their natural sucking behavior which means that they will transition seamlessly between breast and bottle and back again without nipple confusion.Solitaire teet

Two other teets that I was given are the Calmita Starter and the Calmita Advanced. Now I am very lucky in that Aria was not a premature baby, but lots of babies are prem and that means that breastfeeding can be a whole lot more challenging. These teets are specifically designed for prem babies and to support their oral feeding development, teaching them how to latch and suck properly. The difference between the two teets is based on baby’s ability to form a vacuum. So the Starter teet is for a low threshold, and the Advanced is for a higher threshold. They are both disposable products.Prem teets

Whats a teet without a bottle right? Enter the 250ml Breastmilk Bottles (about R250 for a set of two). These fit the Medela breast bumps as well as the Medela teets. So you can go from expressing to storing to feeding without having to change the container that your milk is in, making life a whole lot easier. Another plus is that because they are 250ml, you can use them for all ages and not just when baby is still tiny. They come with leak-proof lids so they are perfect for the nappy bag and you won’t have to worry about milk spilling everywhere, big sigh of relief!bottles

While we are on the topic of storage, let’s chat about the 35ml Colostrum Collection and Storage Containers. In the first 3 or so days after you give birth, you don’t produce actual breast milk, you produce a thick, yellow substance called colostrum. This is incredibly beneficial and nutritious for baby but sometimes, because baby has just been born, you might have some problems breast feeding. Aria, for example, would latch perfectly but the poor kid didn’t know to suck. And so I had to express colostrum and syringe feed her for the first day. These containers from Medela make expressing colostrum a lot less messy and because of the curved bottoms, it means that there will be very little wastage when you transfer the colostrum from the container to the syringe. Just remember, these containers can only be used once.Colostrum container

Now some products to help mom, and believe me, they help!

If you watched my video over here, you will remember me talking about how Purelan 100 (about R99 for 7g or about R205 for 37g) saved my nipples. The first few days of breastfeeding I thought,  “Oh this is a breeze, I don’t know what those women are on about when they talk about sore and cracked nipples”. Well, by day 5 I wanted to shoot through the roof whenever Aria latched, it was ridiculously sore and I have a very high pain threshold. I started applying Purelan every night after I showered and literally within 3 days, the scabs and cracks had disappeared and my nipples were back to their happy selves. Purelan is made of all natural ingredients and so you don’t need to remove it before breastfeeding. It also works like a bomb on chapped lips by the way, so it’s really useful to keep around.Purelan

Still on the boob front, I also received some Disposable Nursing Pads (about R99 for 30). The day that I came home from the hospital also happened to be the day that my milk came in. That night as I got undressed to hop into the shower, I felt something drip onto my feet. I thought I had imagined it, and then it happened again. Turns out, milk was leaking out of me. I was horrified! But, that’s just one of the things that comes with breastfeeding. Now, it’s all good and well that happening in the privacy of my bathroom, but imagine that happening while you were out having coffee with the girls, or cruising the veggie aisle in Woolies?! No, no, not a good look. The Medela nursing pads are super absorbent and are made with a soft lining making which means that they are comfortable to wear.breastpads

Last but not least, and the most practical of the lot, is the Quick Clean Microwave Bag (about R299 for 5). I think these are fantastic for your nappy bag, they fold flat and take up next to no room! Each bag can be used 20 times and you can actually fit a decent amount of things inside of it to sterilise.medela-quick-clean-bags.jpg.2016-04-04-16-01-31

Impressive amount of goodies right? Well you can win your very own Medela hamper by simply following the prompts of the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to South African residents only

Giveaway ends at 00:00 on 1 May 2016

Should the winner not claim their prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Medela products are available on Takealot, Baby Group and selected stores.



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    Sarah-Jane van Heerden
    April 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I will be having my daughter in July 2016 and struggled so much with breastfeeding my son that i got so depressed and eventually gave up on trying to breastfeed. I would love to get it right this time and try to breastfeed my daughter as i feel its best for the baby! This prize would make life a lot easier for me and help me get my mind on track to persevere with breastfeeding and not give up! Holding thumbs!!

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    April 25, 2016 at 11:10 am


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    Simone Cameron
    April 25, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Congrats on the birth of your baby girl! Medela is a fabulous brand and I loved their breastpumps and breastpads when I had my kids.

    Just talking about those sore cracked nipples…I swear I almost punched my baby in the face once as a reflex as I couldn’t understand why all the pain when she latched! lol. I laugh now, but oh my word, the memories of it…all 3 times…*shivers*

    I’d love to win this for my sister…she’s having her first baby later this year. Fingers crossed. xxx

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    Terri Rosslind
    April 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    OMG! I’ve always wanted this breast pump! Never knew it came with so many accessories! lol Fingers are crossed tight for this one 🙂

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    Sam Braithwaite
    April 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Would love to win this hamper! Recently bought the Medela Swing for my first baby girl due on 27th June 🙂 Love the idea of Dad giving a bottle and having his turn to bond.

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    April 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Wonderful post again Sarah,

    All the best with your beautiful daughter!


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    Melissa Govender
    April 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Congrats on your bundle of joy.
    I love the in depth review. Little did I know that there is such convenience with having the Madela Quick Clean Microwave Bag. To top it off you do mention that it does not take up much space at all. Now that is convenience for a mum like me who is always on the go. Such a perfect pack of all the necessities mentioned above. Life as a new mum pretty much feels exhausting especially to breastfeed but Madela aids a new mom with just about everything to simplify breastfeeding. A happy mum makes a happy baby

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    rehana seedat
    April 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

    would love to win this for my nephew

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    April 28, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Expecting a baby… Would love to win this!

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    April 28, 2016 at 9:57 am

    what a brilliant give away – I bought a pump for my first LO and plan on using it again with my second one which is on the way. I didn’t even know they sold some of these products and they will just make life even more easier (with a 2 year old and a newborn I need anything that will make it easier). Holding fingers!!!!! ps congrats on the birth of your little bundle!

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    Yolandi North
    May 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Sarah

    Sorry that I’m so behind, but congrats on your beautiful baby! May you be blessed.

    Medela is probably the most lifesaving brand out there for moms. If it weren’t for the breast pump (single swing) & Purelan, I would probably not have been able to go through with breasfeeding in the end.

    Enjoy your lovely little baba. xxx

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      mascara & mimosas
      May 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks so much Yolandi! And yes, Purelan is the bee’s knees – it saved my life (and my nipples, haha!).

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