In a spectacular turn of logic, XXXX bottle company explained that it is the perfect solution for attachment parents who wish to preserve a strong emotional bond with their babies. This is what the company wrote to me:
A breast was the talk of the web yesterday because it made the cover of Time Magazine. The story highlights Dr. Bill Sears, a 70 year old proponent of “attachment parenting.” The cover photo, however, is of Jaime Lynn Grumet, a 26 year old mother and blogger in Los Angeles who posts photos of herself breastfeeding her 4 year old son.First off, XXXX company's understanding of attachment parenting is seriously skewed. Attachment parenting isn't simply about not being able to "let go" of children transitioning out of babyhood.
Attachment parenting is the theory based on the notion that the strong emotional bond forged during early childhood has lifelong benefits. This cover has hit a nerve with consumers nationwide and features how some mothers have a hard time “letting go” as their children get older.
For mothers that feel this way, XXXX is the answer. XXXX is the modern bottle that is breast like in appearance, so that when new mothers introduce this bottle to their infants, babies are less likely to have a problem transitioning between breast and bottle.
Whatever a mother's parenting style, I don't think that the bottle's "natural feeling and latching experience" will alleviate fears about nipple confusion! Just because the "soft silicon nipple is textured and colored to resemble skin" doesn't make it anything like nursing from a real human breast. You're still missing the mother's scent, warmth, and body sounds. You're missing the ebb and flow of milk as the mother's breast responds to the baby's hunger. And of course you're missing the changing composition of breastmilk as it begins thin, sweet, and watery and ends rich and creamy.
The nipple's design is supposedly "based on the psychological dynamics of feeding." Huh?
I just don't think babies are so easily fooled.