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Have you ever heard about KindestCup?
I first got to know about it from a lactation consultant’s IG account, mentioning how handy it is for hand expressing breast milk. I wanted to get one and write KindestCup review but had to postpone it considering it is not yet sold in my country.
So when Mel, the founder of KindestCup, contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I’m interested to try KindestCup, I was more than happy to say yes!
I believe anything that can help any breastfeeding easier is worth sharing. And KindestCup is one of them, considering how useful it is for nursing moms.
But first, what is KindestCup?
As a container for hand expressing breast milk.
For catching drip or drawing breast milk out from your breast when you nurse on the other side.
For cup feeding as an alternative of bottle-feeding for breastfed babies.
Unique Features of KindestCup:
KindestCup is made of very soft silicone materials so it feels soft and flexible.
It has a very wide base so that it can stand on its own and less likely to tip over (minimal risk for spilling milk).
The wide opening makes it perfect to do 2 things:
hand expression so that it catches all the milk sprays
catch drip milk with gentle suction because it applies suction to a large area of your breast (not just around the nipple)
It does not have any volume marker so that moms do not have to be terrified about how much milk they get.
It is travel-friendly as it comes with a small drawstring pouch. So you can easily put it inside your diaper/ work bag.
It is very easy to clean, no bottle brush needed.
Now let me discuss the functionalities of KindestCup in more detail one by one.
FIRST: KindestCup as a container for hand expressing breast milk.
To be honest, in the past 10 years of becoming a breastfeeding mother, I have rarely encountered a product that is made specifically for hand expression. Usually, what was suggested as the container is:
- using wide-neck mason jars/bowl (personally I tried Avent VIA cup with my first baby)
- expressing into a breast pump flange connected to a bottle
- and recently, use a silicon pump as hand expressing container
- on my latest experience having to hand express milk in the hospital, the lactation consultant even handed me tiny test tubes (those usually used in a science lab) for hand expression.
Well, to be honest, none of them are perfect. And the test tubes were especially messy. Imagine trying to fit your nipple inside the tube to contain the milk sprays. It was definitely not fun, lol
Looking back, I believe it would have been a different experience if I have had KindestCup on my hand. The opening is wide enough to make sure that all milk sprays go into the cup (even if it sprays to every direction).
PS: Do you know that hand expression is not only useful for breastfeeding moms with a newborn? Research has shown that hand expression when pumping has a lot of advantages, such as drawing more milk in terms of quantity as well as making sure the fatty content of our breast milk gets expressed and consumed by our baby.
TWO: KindestCup as an alternative to bottle feeding.
If you have been combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding, I believe you have been warned that bottle feeding, if not done properly, may create bottle preference (or some people called it nipple confusion). The way bottle-feeding works is different from the direct latch. Bottles usually have faster flow and are easier to get milk out (unlike latching in which the baby needs to stimulate let-down first to get the milk flowing).
That’s why, especially in the early weeks, it is recommended to use alternatives to bottle feeding. And this is where KindestCup fits the bill.
I remember the times when I needed to bottle feed my newborn, simply because she was too tired to even wake up. Syringe and spoon-feeding did not work at all.
But then as she grew bigger, the bottle preference set in. She would be fussy when latching directly because she was accustomed to the fast flow from the bottle.
I tried to ditch the bottle right away, but trying the alternatives was a nightmare. The special feeder from Medela was too big for my baby’s mouth, whereas spoon-feeding was a total mess.
Perhaps if I have had KindestCup back then, it would have saved me from getting too much stress from fighting with bottle feeding. KindestCup has a soft and smooth rim that fits baby’s mouth nicely. The rim is also deep enough to ensure that the milk is not easily spilled during feeding.
PS: More and more moms have been using KindestCup in their breastfeeding journey. Click here to check out what they thought about KindestCup.
THREE: KindestCup to catch milk drip and leaks
If you are familiar with Haakaa or other silicone breast pumps, KindestCup also has similar functionality. It helps catches the milk that drips or leaks from your breast when you are nursing from the other side. The wide opening of the cup covers a larger area of the breast compared to conventional silicone pumps so it feels gentler. This is especially important if you are prone to oversupply.
What if you don’t leak? Don’t worry, I don’t leak too and KindestCup can still draw some milk out from my breast.
Now, having tried KindestCup several times to catch extra milk, I also noticed two superior features that it has:
- Remember the smooth rim that is used for cup-feeding? This part also serves as a flexible spout for transferring milk without spills.
- It stays securely on your breast. Initially, I was hesitant of using it while nursing my toddler, thinking that she would knock it down easily. To my surprise, she even played with it while nursing and it stayed suctioned. I am impressed!
All in all, I believe KindestCup would be a great breastfeeding product for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. If you are interested to learn more about this genius tool, feel free to find out more details about KindestCup on their website.