Mom’s Review: Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies
I know you want to exclusively breastfeed your child until she’s ready to be weaned but there are days you have to step out and do some errands and you need to be alone or being with your baby may be a hassle for both of you.
You may start wondering if it’s a good idea to start switching to exclusive formula feeding. Well, I’m telling you now, NO. Instead, what you can do is to get a bottle for breastfeeding that will be your temporary substitute when you are out.
I have created here a list of what I deem the best bottles for breastfeeding. And, oh, other moms agree too!
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What Do You Have To Look For?
1. Feels natural
One thing you want to avoid when introducing a bottle is nipple confusion, especially if you still plan to continue breastfeeding along with bottle-feeding.
The nipple of the bottle is what you have to consider in this regard. Flat-topped and wide-neck nipples are promoted to resemble a mom’s breast. Some manufacturers add waves and other features to mimic a mother’s breast as closely as possible.
2. Reduces colic
Colic in babies is caused by different factors, according to experts. One of them is when bottle-feeding a baby. If it’s formula milk, the ingredients in that milk may not be tummy friendly.
Some believe that it's because of the ventilation of the bottle. There are some that increase intestinal gas, increasing the tendency of the baby to be colicky. Because of this, I recommend that you find a bottle marketed to prevent colic. Although it is still yet to be proven, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. Easy to clean
The bottle shape and material determine how much time it will take you to clean them. Wide-necked ones are easier than the traditional and the angled ones for obvious reasons.
Regarding the material, glass and stainless steel make cleaning a breeze because the sticky fat residue does not adhere to the bottle walls. Silicon and plastic, on the other hand, may need more time to be cleaned.
Plastic, the most ubiquitous material in a feeding bottle is plagued with issues regarding safety. Here are some important safety notes.
- Avoid 7 and PC. If your baby’s bottle has number 7, a recycling number, or “PC” somewhere at the bottom, avoid it because it may contain BPA. Look for numbers 2 or 5 instead.
- Choose opaque. Bottles made of opaque plastic are made of either polyethylene or polypropylene which are both BPA-free.
- Find ‘BPA-free’ seal. If you’re having a hard time looking for the two things above, just look for the BPA-free certification.
If you are still worried about the BPA thingy regardless of the certification, try silicon, stainless steel, or glass bottles.
5. Worth the price
For our babies’ health, it doesn’t matter if we have to spend a little bit more as long as it is worth every cent. We don’t want bottles that last shorter than one season of The Walking Dead or something to that effect.
Top 5 Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies Reviews
Dr. Brown’s feeding bottles are known for its unique vent system that reduces unnecessary air intake when bottle-feeding while maintaining the nutrients the babies need to get.
The Natural Flow® Standard Baby Bottle has that vent system, which helps reduce gas, burping, spit-up, and eventually colic. The system also imitates the pattern for natural breastfeeding because babies can control the flow and feed at their own pace.
The bottles’ structure is also designed to let the baby get all the vitamins in your milk unlike in other bottles where these are left on the walls of the bottles after feeding. Lastly, these bottles are certified BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free.
I wasn’t searching for the best glass baby bottles yet, but I presume I have found a candidate.
Avent is known for its wide-necked bottles designed to resemble natural breastfeeding. Its nipples are also shaped similar to a mother’s breast plus it has a petal design inside to avoid nipple collapse while feeding.
These natural glass baby bottles have the same benefits along with a number of helpful features. One, it’s heat-resistant. So sterilizing it should not be a worry. Second, it has the twin valve for proper air ventilation. Third, it is easy to clean and maintain because it only has three parts and the bottle is made of glass. Last, it’s harmful chemical free.
Comotomo has tried to imitate natural breastfeeding; hence, they created the natural feel baby bottle that resembles the feel of a mother’s breasts.
The natural feel baby bottle is made of skin-like textured silicone that’s also medical grade. So aside from it being soft and comfy to touch, it is also safe for our babies.
This bottle also comes with a silicone nipple that, like the bottle, is mimicking the soft skin of a mother’s breasts. It is also wide-necked so as to avoid nipple confusion.Another feature you may also like in this bottle is the anti-colic vents on the nipple that prevent vacuum build up.
From a manufacturer that is part of continuous breastfeeding research, comes a bottle that's designed to help mothers introduce bottles to their babies while avoiding nipple confusion.
Medela breastmilk bottles are made of plastic free of BPA. These bottles are also compatible with all Medela breast pumps, so you may pump directly into the bottles, making it more comfortable if you already have the pump.
The bottles are labeled with highly visible marks to make it easier for you to read the measurements. Plus they come with nipple caps that are handy when traveling.
This feeding bottle is made by a company that also manufactures other products for feeding such as breast pumps, nipple balms, breast milk storage bags, and others.
Lansinoh mOmma bottle with NaturalWave nipple specializes on imitating the sucking actions our babies do when they feed from us; therefore, avoiding nipple confusion.
It also has air ventilation system that prevents unnecessary gas while keeping the parts few and easy to clean. The bottles are also made of BPA and BPS-free materials.
Although exclusive breastfeeding is what WHO recommends at least until our babies are six months old, there are unavoidable circumstances that we have to introduce bottles.
It can be because we have to go back to work, we have errands outside the home, or we simply just need nipple break because of nipple pain and discomfort.
No matter what your reason is, bear in mind that it is not a bad idea to do so. Also, do not be surprised if your LO refuses to take the bottle the first time. You just have to know how to properly introduce it to her and choose the best bottles for breastfeeding for easier latching and switching.