I can’t believe miss Harriet is four weeks old already, the time absolutely flies by when you have a newborn in the house. Sometimes it does feel like I live from feed to feed these days but slowly we’re getting the hang of this breastfeeding thing. You’d think after four children I am quite the expert but from my experience you start all over again each time and it takes a while before you find out what works for both mother and baby.
This ‘learning period’ is always a tricky time for me and it comes down to simple maths: too much milk + a tiny, sleepy newborn = high risk of mastitis. Luckily for me I held on to my breast pump after baby no.4 so I’ve been expressing the ‘left-over’ breastmilk as needed and building a little stash for emergency feeds at the same time. If you’re looking for the easiest and most efficient way to go from breast to bottle you are sure to love the new Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range:
Designed by the experts at Tommee Tippee the Express and Go system allows breastfeeding mothers to express, store, warm and feed breastmilk using one single pouch. By removing the need to transfer your carefully expressed breastmilk from breastpump to storage container to baby bottle it ensures you will never lose a precious drop of that so-called ‘liquid gold’.
Whether you express regularly or only every now and then, with just 4 simple steps the Express and Go is quick and easy to use. Express directly into a pre-sterilised Express and Go Breast Milk Pouch by connecting a pouch to your breast pump using an Express and Go breast pump adapter (compatible with 6 of the most popular breast pump brands). Your milk pouch can then be stored in fridge or freezer, ready for when you need it.
Come feeding time simply grab your Breast Milk Pouch from fridge or freezer and pop it straight in the Express and Go Pouch and Bottle Warmer (RRP $89.99). With just a few quick clicks this clever unit warms bottles and pouches to the correct temperature. First select the starting temperature (room temperature, refrigerated or frozen), type of bottle (glass bottle, plastic bottle or pouch) and quantity of milk to heat (<100ml, <200ml or >200ml) and the warmer will do the rest, easy as pie.
Instead of having to pour the pouch contents into another bottle and potentially wasting precious breastmilk you can click the pouch directly into the unique Breast Milk Pouch ‘Bottle’ holder and feed baby using the Closer to Nature bottle teat. Just like the pouches and bottle holder the Closer to Nature teats are of course completely free from nasties like BPA and phthalates for extra peace of mind.
The Express and Go system is very straight forward and easy to use which is not only making life a little easier for tired mums, it is also very helpful when someone else than mum or dad is in charge of the feed, think grandma or babysitter (there is little to no room for error). I love how it efficiently saves every drop and it reduces the need for washing and sterilising storage containers and bottles (of course you still need to sterilise the breast pump and teats after use). Knowing I now have a few feeds ready to go is very reassuring so I’ll definitely keep building my freezer stash. As Harriet is less than one month old and we are still establishing a breastfeeding routine I haven’t tried the teat just yet but I know from experience with my previous babies that the breast-like shape is very well received.
Express and Go products can be purchased individually or as great value set: Express and Go Complete Starter Set (RRP $130) and Express and Go Starter Set (RRP $44.99). Additional Express and Go Breast Milk Pouches (RRP $19.99) are available in a handy 20-pack. Each pouch holds 180ml of breastmilk and contents and measurements are easily visible from the outside. Breast Milk Pouches come with a screw top lid for safe and clean storage and are suitable for one use only.
The Closer to Nature ‘Express and Go’ range is available at Babies’R’Us, Baby Bunting and Big W stores across Australia.