Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kiinde Breastmilk Storage System Review

     I don't remember how I came across the Kiinde system for the first time, but I thought it was pretty amazing that you could pump breastmilk straight into the storage bags AND THEN feed directly from the bags too. I bought the Kiinde system for about $100 (including shipping) when it was on sale around Black Friday 2014. I started using the Kiinde system in March 2015.
     The first thing I pulled out of the box was the Kiinde Kozii. The Kozii is a bottle warmer that heats and rotates water. You put the bottle in the Kozii, and it safely heats up your bottle. I was exclusively pumping the first week of my newborn son's life due to having terrible latch issues, so I had to refrigerate plenty of breastmilk. Having the Kozii was a lifesaver. It only took a couple of minutes to heat a 2-3oz bottle up. We had a routine going. Baby whines. Put bottle in Kozii. Change diaper. Get warm bottle and feed baby. Kozii = 

     Once my son and I finally established a nice breastfeeding relationship, I started pumping extra milk. When I realized I didn't need the milk I was pumping, I started pouring it into the storage bags to freeze and save. The accuracy of the bags are great, BUT... that is only if you blow air into the bag and look at it while you hold the air in. When the bag isn't full, the accuracy can be off by about one ounce give or take. The bags are nice. I do, however, like how the lansinoh bags take up less space because they can lie flat. The kiinde bags are shaped wide to stand up and take up more space. The lansinoh bags also provide a space to write time, date, name, and volume while Kozii's bags only provide a small awkward corner to write on. Kiinde breastmilk storage bags = 

     When I'm going out, I will pump a fresh bag of breastmilk to take with us so I won't have to nurse in public. I grab the breastmilk, Kozii Squeeze, and Kozii nipple. My son isn't a huge fan of the nipple, but I don't think he's much a fan of any nipple except my nipple. While I was exclusively pumping, we were pace feeding him. This bottle is TERRIBLE for pace feeding. There is no ventilation at all. I suppose they work about the same as the Playtex Drop-ins. So... Kozii Squeeze/bottle = 

     There are plenty of accessories to make the Kozii fairly universal. I use a Medela pump. I've also attached a Medela Calma nipple to the Squeeze with an adapter. It did not leak and the Calma nipple was able to vent, but not the same way it does on a Medela bottle. There is also a breastmilk storage organizer. I feel like it takes up more room than it really saves, so I haven't used it at all.

     Overall, do I recommend the Kiinde Breastmilk Storage System? YES.  
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Colsen's Birth Story

     Remember that birth may not go as you have planned for it. You may have a perfect pregnancy and run into complications during childbirth. It happens. It doesn't make you any less of a person. I have to keep reminding myself of this. It can be traumatic. Each birth is miraculous and unique. My (second) birthing experience was traumatic and happy.
     Because my birth was so traumatic for me, I'd really like to focus on all the blessings and positive things about my birth.

Photos are very graphic.

  • I had planned to give birth at my midwife's house and I did. (Hence the quotations around "home birth")
  • We made it to her house in time. Actually 12 hours before going into labor, and because I was her only mother to be on call for at the time, she allowed us to bring our stuff to her at an earlier appointment so everything was already there for us.
  • I stayed the night at my midwife's house. I woke up at 8am, peed, read, stretched, and crawled back under the blankets to cuddle my husband. I had 2 contractions between 8am and 9am. I got up again at 9am to pee. When I stood up, my water broke and labor started.
  • I knew the people around me and felt comfortable with them. I had a relationship with those who attended my birth. They care about me! There were no strangers at my birth. (...except the woman who rescued the water hose for the birthing pool. God bless her soul.)
  • Once I was in active labor, I was able to alleviate some of the pain in the birthing pool.
  • My photographer made it to the birth in time.
  • I'm so lucky my midwife had a daughter who could watch my 4.5 year old once I went into active labor.
  • Labor was a total of 6 hours.
  • We didn't need to transfer to a hospital.
  • I had the freedom to labor how I wanted. I wasn't hooked up to IVs and stuck to a bed on my back.
  • My mother came to get my 4.5 year old, but needed the snow plowed out of the driveway. I had a community of people working for us back home too.
  • Everyone who attended my birth went above and beyond for us.
  • I gave birth naturally!
  • My baby and I are alive.
Photos by Shutter Bloom Photography.
The photos tell more of the story.
My husband was amazing and emotional throughout my labor.

At this point, my midwife was explaining to me that we needed to get the baby out asap.

He's here! He's blue, but he's here and he's alive!

So much love and so many emotions.

Knot in the cord. This could be what caused his heart rate to drop when I started pushing.

My big 8lb 12oz chub.

My precious baby in his first outfit. He still didn't have a name at this point.

Best. Midwife. Ever.

Mama, Daddy, and baby Colsen James.

The Mattis Family

     I'm sure there are things I am leaving out that were good. Even though I had a traumatic birthing experience, I know that it couldn't have gone better than it did. I am so thankful for those who attended my birth and how each of them participated. I do not regret my choice to have a home birth. I am sad that I cannot express how thankful I am to each person who helped and attended Colsen's birth.