2 Squeeze™ natural feeding bottles for use
with Twist Pouches™
2 Slow flow Active-Latch™ nipples with rigid
Natural Feeding Bottle
Feed directly from Kiinde Twist Pouches™, completely eliminating the need to transfer milk from bottles to bags and back again! After thawing and warming, just snap the pouch directly into the Squeeze™ natural feeding bottle, squeeze the air out of the pouch, and pop the Active Latch nipple™ on top!
The volume measurements on the Twist Pouches™ are very accurate (within approximately 5%) when they are read correctly. These graduations are meant to be read when the pouches are fully expand2ed. To expand the pouches, pull the front and back panels apart near the base of the pouch. This will open the bottom panel. Pushing up on the bottom panel with your finger can help fully expand the pouch. It is easiest to expand the pouch once there is milk inside.
Using Dr. Brown's nipples with Twist pouches is easy. Just use the adapter labeled "FOR LANSINOH PUMPS, AND DR BROWN'S NIPPLES", thread it directly into the Dr. Brown's lock ring (with nipple in place, and NONE of the Dr. Brown's venting parts or straw), then thread the adapter+nipple onto the Twist Pouch. Squeeze the air out of the pouch while holding it upright, and you are ready to feed!
First of all, make sure you squeeze as much air as possible out of the pouch before popping on the Active Latch nipple™. With one hand, squeeze the pouch (through the openings in the bottle) until the milk level comes up just below the top of the pouch. Once the nipple is popped in place, you will only have a small amount of air left to squeeze out. You can squeeze the pouch very firmly (try reaching through the bottom of the bottle for best results), OR you can pinch the tip of the nipple as you squeeze. Pinching the nipple tip will cause the Active Latch™ slit to open, and will allow the air to escape much more quickly as you squeeze. Make sure the bottle is level and upright as you squeeze the air out!
Vents are typically used in feeding bottles to allow air to enter the bottle as the baby drinks, to prevent a vaccuum from forming inside the bottle (which would make it increasingly difficult to get milk out of the bottle). Since Twist Pouches™ are flexible (unlike regular bottles), they collapse as your baby drinks. This means that they shrink as the volume of milk decreases, and no vaccuum is formed as the milk level goes down. The amount of suction required is the same at all times (regardless of milk level), and no air ever needs to enter the pouch to help push the milk out. This completely eliminates gas from the pouch, and it eliminates the need for complicated and dishwasher-hungry venting parts!
If you are using a pump that is NOT hands-free (this could be a manual pump, a single electric, or a double electric), you can use the Squeeze™ natural feeding bottle to hold the pouch during pumping. This will allow you to put the pouch and pump down upright on a flat surface. Just follow the instructions (see the instruction manual here) for snapping the pouch into the bottle, then thread the adapter on, then thread your pump onto the adapter.
Twist Pouches™, Direct-Pump™ adapters, Keeper™, Squeeze™ natural feeding bottle, and Active Latch nipples™ are made of polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE), polypropylene, and silicone. All Twist products are BPA-free, PVC-free, and pthalate-free.
It only takes a couple of pounds of force to pop the Active Latch nipples™ into the pouches. Make sure the bottle (with pouch) is on a flat, sturdy surface when pushing the nipple into place. Be sure to push using the nipple case top if you want to avoid touching the nipple tip directly. There are 2 ways that you will know the nipple is in far enough: 1) There will be an audible "pop" sound as the nipple pops into place. You will hear it and you will feel it. And 2) When you look around the base of the nipple (after it is popped into place), you should see the outer edges of the nipple just barely touching the top of the bottle all the way around the top outer edge of the bottle.
Active Latch nipples™ are a bit different from regular feeding nipples! They are designed to teach breastfeeding habits, and as such they ease the transition between bottle and breast. There are 2 important actions associated with a good, deep latch: suction and massaging. Thanks to a special type of opening, Active Latch nipples™ will not allow milk to flow without suction and massaging of the nipple. This will teach your baby to use BOTH of these actions, which will help to stimulate natural let down response when breastfeeding. We are trying to discourage "lazy latching", a common problem with bottle feeding where the baby simply latches on to the tip of the nipple and gets plenty of milk flow. This is NOT a breastfeeding-friendly technique!
You can gently remove the nipple from the pouch simply by grabbing the nipple near the base and slowly prying it away from the bottle. This will preven the nipple from suddenly releasing from the pouch. The lower part of the nipple may almost turn inside out while you pry - don't worry, you can just pop it back later!
Of course we highly recommend that you give Active Latch nipples™ a try before switching to a different brand - they are loved by a wide range of babies, especially fussy feeders who will not latch onto nipples from many other brands! Certainly, if you wish to use another nipple to feed with Twist Pouches™, it is very easy and straightforward to do so. Just snap the pouch into the bottle according to the instructions, remove the cap, and thread on the appropriate direct-pump adapter for your nipple. Thread the nipple onto the adapter, then squeeze the pouch to push the air out through the nipple. Make sure the bottle is upright and level while you squeeze the air out!