Post # 1
I plan on breastfeeding but also would like to use bottles with breast milk. What kind of bottles did you use? Comments? Reviews? I saw the Tommee Tippee ones and they seemed like a smart choice- but the reviews talk about how frustrating the collapsing nipple is. Has anyone used these? Thoughts?
I’m also looking at Avent, Dr. Browns and Born Free.
Post # 3
I’d consider buying one of each of your “finalists” and try them all as there is no way of knowing what your baby will take to best until he/she tries them. I bought multiple bottles of the same brand that my fortunate expecting co-worker has now inherited because my guy wanted nothing to do with them. I liked the wide mouth of the Tommee Tipees for pouring expressed milk or powder formula scoops, but it wasn’t convenient for warming the bottle in a standard mug full of warm water (that’s my preference for warming). The Medela bottles had too fast a flow even with the slow flow top. Avent and Nuk worked well for us.
Post # 4
I used the Born Free bottles for formula feeding. The extra vent system is supposed to reduce gassiness, and sure enough, we never had issues with gas. I’ve read some reviews that people said the vent system is a pain to clean, but I just put the bottles in the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle, and never had a problem with that. A friend of mine used the Tommy Tippe bottle, and seemed to like them just fine, although she seemed to have more issues with gas and fussiness than we did (although that could have been a temperment issue, not a bottle issue).
Different babies do like different types of bottles, though, so it isn’t a bad idea to get a couple different ones to try out. I’ve also heard the Breatflow and MAM bottles are good for breastfed babies.
Post # 5
We initially used the Mimijumi Very Hungry bottles and they were GREAT for switching between bottle and breast. But now at 7 months my son wants to hold his own bottle, and those don’t work well for that due to the collapsing nipple (similar to Tommee Tippee complaint). We just switched to the Dr. Browns narrow-mouth 8-oz bottles and he is able to feed himself easily with those.
Post # 6
We ended up using an internal vented bottle. The parts are a pain but worth it. No gas! Dr. Brown’s. http://www.handi-craft.com/
Post # 7
We had no issue with Bornfree bottles (I used the glass version) but now that my LO wants to hold things, daycare asked for plastic bottles since the glass is a bit too heavy for him. We switched to MAM bottles and kinda wished we’d started with those (so easy to clean, he doesn’t fuss as much when drinking from those bottles as he does with other bottles).
I’d agree with @ShellyT: in buying one of each of your finalist bottles and wait and try them with your baby and see what works best for your baby. We went through 3 different bottles before we tried the Bornfree ones and that is what ended up working for us.
Post # 8
We are planning on using the Playtex Nursers. If you store your milk in the Nuk bags it fits right into the nurser without having to pour into anything else. Plus they are very convenient for traveling. I used them with my son 13 years ago and plan on using them again with this one.
Post # 9
I breast and bottle feed, and we use tommee tippees. The nipple collapse rarely happens for us. I find that when it does, the little vent is clogged. Typically when I wash the nipples, I pinch it to make sure no milk dries in there. Liv has no issues going from breast to bottle and back with these. One thing to consider is the flow speed. Our ped told us he hates the dr browns bc even their slowest flow nipple is way too fast and can really create nipple preference to the bottle.
Post # 10
We were told by the lactation con. to use breastflow bottles.
Post # 11
We’ve used breastflow bottles with expressed milk occasionaly since baby was 2 weeks. The only problem we’ve had is baby not wanting to take a bottle from me, but she will from others, especially if im not around.
Post # 12
We also used the breastflow bottles and never had any problems with switching back and forth. We did try somd Playtex bottles at one point and I would notice that the way he latched changed and it would be painful to feed him after he drank from them and he would get frustrated bc the milk flow is faster with the Playtex.
Post # 13
We use Nuby Silicone Nursers with expressed milk and I love them! DS has been using them since about 4 weeks and has no problems going from breast to bottle. The entire bottle can be squeezed in order to reduce air and help with colic. We also have an Avent and Dr. Browns wide mouth bottle, but I’ve never even used them, the Nuby is the only bottle DS has had! I went with the silicone bottles as an alternative to the heavier glass bottles and am so glad I tried them.
Post # 14
We started with Dr. Brown’s but baby hated them and we ended up with MAM… which are both aesthetically pleasing to us and have a very “natural” nopple. It was the only bottle she ever would take.
Post # 15
Dirty Delete almost always nurses but she gets a few bottles/week and we use tommee tippee bottles. I haven’t had any issues with the nipple but we also do not use them a lot. You can buy slow flow or even variable flow nipples. I hope that helps a little 🙂
Post # 16
I used Dr. Browns. Next kid I will probably try something else. There is just way too many parts involved w/Dr Browns and it got REALLYannoying over time. And it didn’t help with my sons gas at all.