I was introduced to Mamascent randomly via Twitter. I checked out their website and thought “Wow, what an interesting idea!” I sent them a message via Twitter and they graciously offered me a free sample to review. I am happy to share this product to my readers because it supports my breastfeeding passion even when I am unable to breastfeed 24/7 due to my return to work.
Mamascent is a bottle attachment that brings mama’s scent to the baby’s bottle using a pad that is infused with the mother’s scent. It was created for bottle fed babies to reap similar sensory benefits as those who are breastfed. Breastfed babies can recognize their mothers by smell alone and are calmed by the scent. The pheromones from the nipple region promote healthy feeding behavior. I love this product idea because I wanted to breastfeed 100% of the time for an entire year. Unfortunately, due to student debt I am forced to go back to work full time. This means my baby will have to be bottle fed using breastmilk while I am at work. Mamascent helps comfort you and your baby during this <seemingly painful> transition!
I also read on the Mamascent website that this product can be used for weaning your baby off the breast. For babies who generally refuse the bottle, this could help them transition to the bottle and comfort them simultaneously.
The chart below is taken from the Mamascent website and demonstrates clearly how to use the product.
The process is very simple. You leave one of these flower shaped pads in your bra overnight. In the morning, you separate the petals and place them into the smaller container to store them. The purple clip holds one petal in place and fits nicely over standard sized nipples like Avent Classic, Dr. Browns Natural Flow Wide Neck Bottle, and Mam Anti-Colic baby bottles. Then you can give the container to your babysitter to use during feedings while you are away. Sadly, it does not fit over the Playtex Ventaire Bottles, which is what I primarily use for bottle feeding.
The main problem I face is explaining all of this to the babysitter, who probably thinks I am crazy for incorporating such an idea. I am lucky to have a mother and sister who will generally do whatever I ask of them in regards to caring for my baby though. =)