#Sponsored: Beautiful New Colorful Glass Bottles from @EvenfloFeeding

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evenflo. I received a gift pack in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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I am a huge fan of Evenflo products. You already know how much I love their breast pump as well as their newest exersaucer.

So, when I found out about the release of several new products, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and test them out. Evenflo sent me the fantastic Milk & Cookies gift pack pictured above. The items included the following:

  • New Tinted Glass Bottles
  • A Tilty TripleFlo Cup
  • Milk Storage Bags
  • Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City

This was such a great gift pack. The cookies were amazing. They satisfied my sweet tooth, and tasted fantastic! And everything was packaged so beautifully.

Now, let me take a moment and tell you what I love about each of the Evenflo products I received.

Evenflo Milk Storage Bags

Made from highly durable military-grade material, these bags are made with 30% less material for a quicker freeze and thaw. I noticed a huge difference when it came time to thaw the milk for feeding. And with the uniquely shaped top, pouring into bottles is so much easier. These are definitely on my list for items all breastfeeding moms must have.

Tilty TripleFlo Cup

This cup is tilted to help make the transition from bottle to cup easier. I also love that the rubber stopper inside has several different flow speeds, making the transition that much easier. While Sawyer doesn’t quite understand the concept of the cup, I think this will be a great item to have on hand once he’s ready for the transition.

evenflo sippy cup

Evenflo Tinted & Vented Glass Bottles

These bottles are beautiful. Available in two different colors, teal and lavender, the bottles also have a gorgeous styling to them. Evenflo took a classic bottle and made it even classier. The bottles each come with a Proflow™ Integrated Venting Nipple. These special silicone nipples direct air bubbles into the bottle instead of into baby’s tummy. What makes these nipples even better is their one-piece design. There are no extra parts to clean or worry about losing.

While I love how beautiful these bottles are, there are a few things I would consider changing to improve them even more.

For starters, the bottles are *perfect* for breastfeeding babies. I had absolutely no issues at all getting the milk from the storage bag into the bottle. It’s almost like the storage bags were made just for these bottles. But, if I used formula at all, things got a little trickier. The opening of the bottle is very small, and it was difficult to get formula from the scoop or the travel container into the bottle without making a mess. I do wish the bottles had an opening that was just a little bigger for that reason.

The nipples collapse fairly quickly and fairly often, so I am constantly pulling the bottle out of Sawyers mouth to let the nipple fill back up with air. Sawyer doesn’t like when you take the bottle out of his mouth, so he gets frustrated. I’ve tried different stages of nipples, so I’m not sure what could be causing them to collapse like that each time. This is the only bottle we’ve used that has this problem, so I’m thinking it is unique to the special nipple. It doesn’t stop Sawyer from eating, though, and this is one of the few nipples/bottles he will take, so it’s not all bad.

The last thing is that one of the bottles broke really easily. Actually, it about scared me to death. I sterilized the bottle before the first use, but when I took it out of the water and put it on the counter to dry completely, it burst into a dozen pieces. Absolutely none of the other bottles did this, so I can’t figure out what happened. Because they are glass, you’ll just have to take extra precautions when taking them out of the heat.

evenflo tinted glass bottles

The bottles are available exclusively at Babies”R”Us and retail for $11.99 for a 3 pack of either the 4 or 8 ounce size. It’s a great value for great bottles. We use our bottles almost every day. Even though there are a few things I might change, I still really love these bottles and every other product Evenflo sent us.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and learn more about these fantastic products by visiting the Evenflo Feeding website.

My Emotional Breakdown

This morning, I took Gage in for his 4 month well visit. I haven’t been looking forward to it for weeks now. I knew he was going to get shots, but I also knew that I was going to have to admit defeat on breastfeeding.

A few weeks ago, I posted that I was looking for Low Iron Infant Formula. Since that post, much has happened.

Gage will nurse for 30 – 45 minutes at each feeding. As soon as he’s “done,” he starts screaming. I’m not talking about just crying, either. These are ear-piercing-gimme-more-food type screams. Every time he nurses, I follow up with a bottle. He drinks 6 – 8 ounces every.single.time. If I go all day without nursing him, I can only pump 1 – 2 ounces total. I’m just not producing anything at all this time around.

It’s apparent to me that I am just not producing enough breastmilk to give him what he needs. And that breaks my heart. Breastfeeding is so important to me.

The nurse weighed Gage, and he tagged in at 14 pounds, 3 ounces. He’s 25.5 inches long, so that puts him on the chunkier side of the growth chart. (Even though he’s in the 50th percentile for weight and 78th percentile for length. Not sure how that works.) Anyway, apparently all the formula he’s been getting is working.

(By the way, he’s doing just fine on regular formula now. It just took a few days for his system to get used to it. All is well, and no low iron infant formula is needed!)

I told the doctor exactly what I mentioned above about him not getting enough. She knows how important breastfeeding is to me, so she was very kind. She said this may just be God’s way of telling me I need to take a break. She reminded me that I can still nurse him at night and in the morning if I want, and any breastmilk he gets is a “bonus.” Everything she said I already knew, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less to hear that I’m failing at breastfeeding this time around.

I discussed all the ways to increase my milk production with her – and everything that I’ve tried. Absolutely nothing has worked, so maybe it’s time for me to admit defeat and just give him bottles during the day. I’m still going to continue nursing him at night and first thing in the morning. That way, I’ve got hours and hours in between to build up my supply of milk. It just tears me apart that I can’t just nurse him any time I want to and actually do him any good.

Have you had experiences with low milk supply? Did it effect you emotionally? Any advice or tips you can give me?

It’s funny. I’ve nursed 5 of my 6 kids, but this flabbergasts me… I just don’t get why I’m not producing anything this time around.