Baby feeding bottle 'mimics breastfeeding'Medela claims baby bottle design is a world first

31 July 2010

Medela Calma baby bottle

'World first': the Calma baby bottle from Medela

A new baby bottle designed to emulate how a baby feeds at the breast is now on sale in Mothercare.

The Calma baby bottle from Medela is designed to help babies maintain the same method of feeding they naturally learn when breastfeeding - making a transition from breast to bottle, and back to breastfeeding again, much smoother, says the company.

Medela says the bottle has been years in the making, with research from lactation experts helping to shape the design. 

Calma baby feeding bottle

The Calma marks a move away from how conventional baby bottles work. Usually a bottle allows the milk to flow freely to the baby even when they're not actively sucking for it, which Medela says can make babies reluctant to return to breastfeeding.

The Calma's teat forces babies to suck, so they have to 'work' for the milk instead - much as they would when breastfeeding.

Paul Furlong, managing director of Medela UK, describes the baby bottle as 'providing breastfeeding mothers with a real solution to feeding expressed breastmilk'.

The Calma baby bottle is BPA-free and available for £11.99 in Mothercare.

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