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A mimijumi Story

One of our favourite parts of working at mimijumi has been hearing stories from our customers on how our bottles have affected their lives and of course, their baby’s life. There is nothing we love more than hearing from our customers and seeing photos of their babies loving their mimijumi! 

A customer of ours located in New Zealand recently reached out to us to tell us how mimijumi has helped her son with epilepsy. After reading her story we knew that we had to share this with mums out there.

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Dear mimijumi,

My courageous son Zach and I have been a breastfeeding duo for 2 and a half years. Of course, I could have weaned him much earlier, but he has been an avid feeder from day one and it just felt natural to continue breastfeeding until he was ready to become more independent.

Six months ago, the unimaginable happened. Zach developed severe epilepsy and we have been in and out of the hospital and went from medication to medication ever since. Our day to day life has changed and our sweet son’s development (which was already delayed before the seizures started) has gone backwards probably about a year. 

Breastfeeding has been a powerful tool to reassure Zach during his recovery from all the seizures he has had to endure. There have been many days where we have spent most of the day in bed breastfeeding and cuddling, going from seizure to seizure.  

So how does all of this relate to mimijumi? Well since the epilepsy medication has not been fully effective and is causing a lot of side effects, we are about to undergo ketogenic dietary therapy with the aim to gain better control over the seizures and gradually replace the high doses of medication with the diet. I was devastated to learn that breastfeeding was not compatible with the strict ratios on the ketogenic diet. I needed a product that would simulate breastfeeding as much as possible to help soften the weaning process and provide comfort. Thankfully, mimijumi came to the rescue.

My son has never taken a bottle in his life and after a bit of experimentation he now latches onto our mimijumi bottle while being cuddled in a breastfeeding position. Zach has weaned so much more gently than I had ever anticipated and I am grateful for the part the mimijumi bottle played in this transitional journey.  mimijumi allowed us to begin the next stage in his epilepsy treatment.

I love the simplicity and thoughtfulness of mimijumi. The skin textured breast like features certainly appealed to my bubba. It has been empowering to be able to offer Zach a bottle that looks natural as he has only ever had the real thing his whole life. It is reassuring to know the materials are all free from harmful toxins. I also love the ease of cleaning and simple components are really practical.

Zach and I miss breastfeeding but in terms of his epilepsy we are heading in the right direction. Our mimijumi bottle is the next breast thing and is another tool up my sleeve to provide reassurance to Zach as he continues to climb mountains.

-Danielle

We would love to hear about your mimijumi experience. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime at hello@mimijumi.co.uk to share stories, get tips, make us smile with your adorable baby photos, or provide any feedback that will make the mimijumi experience even better!

Is your baby hungry?

We may be biased, but we think mimijumi bottles have the cutest names out there. The Not So Hungry bottle is 120 ml / 4 oz., and its big brother is the Very Hungry bottle at 240 ml / 8 oz.

Which one do you need for your baby? How much milk should your little one be drinking each feed? These are questions best discussed with your paediatrician as every baby is different, but we've put together a quick reference for general feeding amounts based on age. Hopefully this will help you decide which bottle would best suit your baby, and give you peace of mind knowing they are eating what they should be, when they should be!

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More important than the table above is to watch your baby and pay attention to their growth. Generally speaking, your baby should be eating 2 oz. for each pound they weigh over each 24 hour period. For example, if your baby is 7 lbs., he should be eating around 14 oz. every 24 hour period broken up into many feedings. Above all, pay attention to your baby's weight gain. Your paediatrician will have growth charts that can help track your baby's progress and alert you and your doctor if there is an issue. It's important to keep up with regular well-baby visits to be able to catch any issues early on.

If you're breastfeeding your baby, it may be difficult to determine just how much your baby is eating. Feeding formula or expressed milk from bottles makes measurement much easier, but there's no need to fret about measurements! Remember that babies do have instincts. In general, they will show hunger cues and will eat when they are hungry and refuse when they aren't. Feed your breastfed baby when he/she shows signs of being hungry, and carefully monitor weight gain to be sure you aren't missing hunger cues.