When I had LP I was determined to breastfeed. I was focused on purely breastfeeding and didn’t look at alternative options at all or any ways of making my life with a new baby easier. I didn’t research expressing, breast pumps, bottles, sterilisers or anything – I was breast feeding and that was that. With Little Man, because I’d breastfed with LP and only expressed once in our year of breastfeeding I presumed I would just do the same again, without any thought to how hard it would be looking after a toddler and a newborn, how exhausting the lack of sleep would be or how demanding breastfeeding is – Even without a toddler to entertain as well!
With Little Man I’ve expressed a couple of times out of necessity – When I’ve had to be away from him for a few hours for varying reasons. This is something in hindsight I sometimes wish I had started sooner and done more often, and even done with LP first time around. If I had started expressing earlier it would have felt like a more natural thing to be doing and my supply would also have adapted to include the expressed milk. Only expressing once every few months means that even now it takes me a few evenings of expressing to get enough milk for one of Little Man’s feeds – Something that now makes it easier to be with him rather than express for a week to enable me to leave him for an evening.
Dr Browns have a Newborn Gift Set that includes everything that I would have needed to feed expressed milk to LP and LM from the start – Apart from a breast pump which is sold separately. The kit includes a steriliser with tongs, 2 x 120ml bottles, 3 x 240ml bottles, 2 level 2 teats, 2 level 3 teats, a bottle brush and two travel caps. The set is fantastic – Everything in one box and everything also fits inside the steriliser for handy storage. The Dr Browns Microwave Steriliser is easy to use and holds all four bottles during use.
I love breastfeeding but there are times when I would have loved a break, to be able to go back to bed for an uninterrupted few hours – At the time I didn’t really appreciate how exhausting having two children would be and it’s only now, looking back, that I realise everyone really does need a rest every so often.
Dr Browns offer a range of bottles, breastfeeding products and accessories to suit every lifestyle that include the only fully vented vacuum free feeding bottle which is widely recognised by parents and health professionals as the most effective way of preventing colic symptoms caused by regular bottles and teats.
The Dr Browns Newborn Gift Set is something I would have loved when LP was born and introduced to her in the first few months but at the time was too stubborn to even look into! It would make a great gift for any expectant mother – however they end up feeding their baby.
The Dr Browns NewBorn Gift Set has an RRP of £45.95.
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Disclosure: We were sent the above products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own.