This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
With Mckenna, I’ve had so many more worries and concerns than I had when Alea was a baby. It seems that usually when the second baby comes around, you feel more confident as a parent and worries are usually minimal or at least that’s what I’ve observed from other parents. However, our lifestyle is a lot different now with Mckenna than it was with Alea.
Both Cory and I work full-time outside of the home. Him as a realtor and on-call volunteer firefighter and myself as a registered nurse in the clinic. We’re both able to work “bankers” hours during the day (with the exception of those darn middle of the night pages Cory gets as a firefighter) and I’m very grateful for that. No weekends or holidays for this nurse!
But that also means that Mckenna is in daycare full-time. Alea never had to be in daycare except when I was in class a couple days a week for nursing school and that wasn’t until she was around 10 months old. Alea never took a bottle very well, but thankfully Mckenna will eat from just about any bottle we give her. She loves to eat!
Once we got past that worry of mine, that Mckenna wasn’t going to take a bottle and would then starve at daycare, my worry was that she would start preferring the bottle to the breast and breastfeeding wouldn’t be as easy as it was with Alea. I know, I know. So many worries!
Those worries have been completely laid to rest, however, with the discovery of these amazing NUK Simply Natural bottles. You guys, these are legit. The nipple is formed to look just like a mom’s nipple and also has multiple holes just like an actual nipple does. The nipple also helps promote a continuous latch, similar to breastfeeding, so baby can drink from the bottle just as she would drink from the breast. These similarities help with the ease of going back and forth between the breast and the bottle and we thankfully haven’t had any issues! (Knock on wood!)
To make things easier as a pumping and working mom, you can also purchase the amazing Freemie Collection Cups. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these nifty cups in a photo or two and in my Instagram story. I use them to pump during my morning commute and also when I need some hands-free pumping time. they’re a lifesaver! You can grab them at Target or Walmart!
And to yank on my heart strings even more, Mckenna can now hold her bottle by herself! On most days she hangs out with Cory for a little bit before going to daycare and he just slips a burp rag under the bottle and she holds it herself! He said this really comes in handy when he has to take a call from a client or work on writing an offer! Haha, whatever works, right?
What tips do you have for mama’s who are or have gone back to work to avoid problems with going between the breast and the bottle?