Back when she was just a few months old, I wrote that my daughter hated her bottle and all other feeding devices. Because I planned on returning to work at the beginning of April of that year, I was a little worried about how my husband would feed our daughter while I was away. I was also a little worried about my ability to pump enough breast milk for her. Because I knew that scent between mothers and babies was powerful, I ended up leaving a piece of my clothing for my daughter and bringing a piece of her clothing with me to work. I hoped that, by being able to smell each other, we would manage to cope with being apart.
When Mamascent recently approached me about reviewing the Mamascent system, I enthusiastically agreed. The Mamascent system is incredibly simple yet incredibly ingenius. Mamascent is a simple attachment that connects to the nipple of a bottle. Mom wears the pad inside her bra to infuse the petals with her scent. The petals then attach to the Mamascent attachment, which places Mom’s scent right in front of Baby’s nose. Because Baby can smell Mom even when Mom is away, Baby feels calm and comforted. I wish that I had had the Mamascent system when I first went back to work when my daughter was almost four months old!
The Mamascent website offers a lot of great information on how and why the Mamascent system works. Citing research from peer-reviewed journals, the makers of Mamascent explain that physical contact involving the olfactory (scent/smell) system creates a unique and powerful bond between mother and baby. In particular, pheromones produced by the female breast convey a “chemical message” between mother and baby. “Nipple-search pheromones” are especially important in guiding Baby to the breast. By infusing the scent petals of the Mamascent breast pad with Mom’s unique smell, the Mamascent system can replicate the olfactory comfort of breastfeeding for the baby.
Although my daughter no longer drinks from a bottle while I am at work because she switched to a sippy cup at seven months old, I did have some of her old bottles still laying around my house. Although Mamascent works with most standard-sized nipples, I use the Tommee Tippee brand, which features a wide nipple that more closely resembles the female breast. The Mamascent clip does not fit over a wider nipple. If my daughter still used a bottle, I would have to buy a smaller brand. My suggestion to Mamascent is to offer two clip sizes, one for standard-sized nipples and one for wider nipples.
Mamascent is currently available through Amazon UK for £17.95 ($28.93). Mamascent will be available for purchase in the United States of America in January 2014. For more information about the Mamascent system, visit the Mamascent website or follow Mamascent on Facebook.
Front of Mamascent Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Back of Mamascent Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside the Mamascent Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mamascent Clip System © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mamascent Petal Pads © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mamascent Clip and Scent Petal © 2013 Heather Johnson
Clipping the Mamascent Petal to the Clip © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mamascent Clip on Oversized Bottle Nipple © 2013 Heather Johnson
Using the Mamascent System © Mamascent