A new baby feeding bottle available in the UK is providing much-needed respite for new mothers, thanks to the efforts of one family and a baby who sent a new mum and her mother-in-law on a unique quest – Mum and Granny have now launched a new company to help new mums in a similar position.
Baby Riley would not take a bottle between breast feeds, which meant mum Ashley was unable to ask for any practical help with feeding and her mother-in-law Anne became increasingly concerned.
Together they undertook extensive research and found a new bottle that mimicked the breast and solved their problem. The bottle, called mimijumi, was designed by a US doctor who had experienced similar problems with his new son.
However, the revolutionary new bottle was available only in the US so Ashley and Anne asked Anne’s husband, Midlands businessman Mike Kendrick, to step in so other mums in the UK could benefit.
He secured the European marketing rights for the bottles, which were developed especially for babies as they adjust from the breast to the bottle and back again and will help facilitate a longer period of breast-feeding.
The revolutionary mimijumi bottle has been specifically designed to appeal to babies who are reluctant to feed away from their mother’s breast.
Many parents find this period very traumatic, as mothers have to manage the situation alone if a baby will not take a bottle between breast feeds.
“My daughter-in-law Ashley and my son Rob were becoming increasingly worried when baby Riley would not take a bottle between breast feeds,” explains Anne.
“Ashley was becoming exhausted, my son Rob couldn’t help with feeds because the baby wouldn’t accept a bottle and we couldn’t help out either for the same reason.
“This meant that Ashley didn’t get a break at all and we couldn’t look after our grandson if my son and his partner needed some time out. Ashley went on a quest to find a solution and the answer came about via an internet forum founded by parents in a similar situation, the mimijumi bottles were vaunted as the solution.
Mike Kendrick said: “I was happy to help. These unique feeding bottles are made to a very high specification and are carefully designed so that the top and teat closely resemble a natural breast.
“The bottle feels attractive to the touch so babies are drawn to it, rather than fighting against it, and it is made with a non-slip base and easy-to-remove top so that parents can use the bottle with one hand whilst also holding their baby.
“Research suggests that some babies will simply not accept an average bottle and this leads to a major problem for parents – mimijumi has been proved time and time again to be the answer to this dilemma.
“Babies happily latch on to the mimijumi teat and feel very comfortable with it, it doesn’t feel wrong to them and they take to it very happily.”
The dome shaped top makes the latching and drinking experience the closest to breastfeeding that a bottle can provide and makes the transition from breast to bottle both natural and comfortable.
“This new bottle is in no way intended to replace breast-feeding but to complement the whole process so that it can continue – but provide mothers with much-needed freedom in between breast feeds and allow fathers and other relatives an invaluable opportunity to bond with the baby,” added Mike.
The mimijumi bottles are manufactured in Austria, are BPA free and contain no phthalates
The bottles mimic the way a mother’s breast moves to deliver milk, minimising nipple confusion, allowing the baby to control the flow of milk with a natural latch – it also features an integral anti-colic venting system.
Mimijumi bottles are available to purchase online, in two sizes, from mimijumi UK at www.mimijumi.co.uk. Two nipple flow rates are available.