Post # 1
Hi ladies, I haven’t started to do much research on this but was wondering how you guys decided what bottles to buy before the baby arrived. I am hoping to breast feed but had a breast reduction so I have no idea if that is even a possibility so I need to be prepared for both scenarios. And then I guess comes the next obvious question of how to pick a formula.
Post # 3
Honestly it all goes by the baby. You could buy all kinds of bottles but until you actually start using them you really won’t know. Same goes with formula
My son we used Dr. Brown’s and formula Similac Sensitive Stomach
Post # 4
@Sassygrn: so before baby arrived did you have a few different options and waited to see what he liked best?
Post # 5
Don’t buy a bunch of any particular bottle before baby arrives, because you may have to try several different kinds to find one that works for your baby. I EBF and pump, and the Playtex drop-ins work best for us. You just fill the liner and toss it, so there’s much less washing to do, and the liners collapse as baby drinks, keeping baby from sucking in air and getting gas pains.
Post # 6
@mtler: I did purchase a few differ kinds that is how we found out he drank out of the Dr. Brown ones. He refused the other bottles.
Same with the formula, I tried switching formulas and nope he wouldn’t drink the other stuff
Post # 7
I registered for a small Dr. Browns bottle starter kit. I figure if my boys like them then I’ll buy more. They are a little expensive but come pretty highly recommended.
Post # 8
@mtler: While I plan to breastfeed, I can’t EBF since I am going back to work, so I registered for two different bottle starter sets: Dr Browns and Avent. I went with those brands because Dr Browns was recommended by mamas I’ve talked to for colic babies, and Avent was recommended by my doctor (and I got pacifiers from my birthing class that were Avent).
Post # 9
I use playtex drop-ins because they’re so low maintenance. You drop in a liner and throw it out when you’re done, so all you really need to wash in the nipple. I have friends who recommend Dr. Browns but there are SO MANY parts to wash and they looked like a pain in the ass. I would have tried them if DS had reflux or colic, but he was a great eater from day 1, so I never had that issue.
P.S. I breastfed and pumped and started giving DS a bottle of pumped milk right away so that I could leave him with family and have a night out with my husband or friends. I recommend that to any new mom. I have friends who believed in “nipple confusion” and didn’t introduct a bottle until 6 weeks and their babies refused to take a bottle from anyone. They could never leave the baby for more than a couple of hours. It was awful for them!
Post # 10
I used to nanny and the baby loved Dr. Brown’s. I felt they really reduced spit up problems and were easy to keep clean. 🙂
Post # 11
I was told not to buy bottles because you won’t know if your baby likes a certain brand or not or will have reflux, etc. For now I received a free Avent bottle as a sample, and my pump comes with bottles so I will start with those. My best friend also just had a baby and bought a bunch of kinds trying to find the right one so if we need to try various ones we’ll borrow from her.
Post # 12
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, may I recommend the tommee tippee bottles? They are extremely wide-set and so the baby latches onto them the same way they latch onto your breast, with a wide-open mouth. My daughter and my niece both used them and they are fantastic. Also very easy to clean because they are wide enough that I can reach the bottom of the bottles without needing a bottle brush.
Our lactation consultant recommended the Tommee tippees because you don’t want your baby using a bottle that is like ‘sucking on a spaghetti noodle’ … otherwise they might come at your breast the same way and that would be hell!
Post # 13
I also EBF my 4 month old, and pump. I love my Medela pump! The bottles screw right onto the bottom of the pump, so those are the ones we use. You can get the Medela brand calma nipples for those bottles, which are designed to help the baby suck in the same way they breastfeed (they use their mouths differently for bottles and can get confused).
Post # 14
I just bought some Dr. Brown’s ones, though there were others I thought might work as well. I don’t think there’s any way to know until you use them. I just bought 2 3-packs of 4oz bottles (they were on sale $11 ea) and I’ll leave one in their original packaging and try out one set. If they work, great. If not, then I can at least return the one package and only be out $11. So that’s also why I didn’t bother with a starter kit.
I probably would just pick one brand, buy a couple bottles (don’t stock up), and go from there.
I’m not sure on formula, I would probably talk to your pediatrician.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone! I guess I will pick up one or 2 different ones and wait to see what she likes . Thanks for the advice!
Post # 16
I wanted to use glass bottles, so I tried the Avent first and my son took to them just fine. I started with those over the Dr. Brown’s, because all the little parts of the Dr. Brown’s seemed like a pain to clean!