Post # 1
My husband and I getting ready to register this weekend and was hoping for help as far as breastfeeding Supplies. I plan on registering for the Medela PISA, but did anyone find they needed additlional supplies? Also, I was looking in the bottle aisle the other day and I had no idea there were so many options!! What bottles did you find best for you and the baby to avoid nipple confusion? Thanks for all the help!
Post # 3
Several of us on these boards have found success using the following brands of bottles when breastfeeding and bottle feeding. You may want to register for one or maybe a 3 pack of several brands and then see what works for your baby before getting a lot of one brand of bottle.
- MAM brand
For my baby personally both MAM and Bornfree work but the other two didn’t.
In terms of breastfeeding supplies, it may just depend on you. For me personally what I needed was the following:
- storage bags
- flanges/shields in a few sizes so I could figure out what worked for me (my nipples plumped up after my milk came in so if I’d started out with my prenatal nipple size, i would have been wrong)
- lanolin or other (I use earth mama angel baby natural nipple butter because lanolin makes me itch)
- At least 6 bottle setups that go with your pump (this way you aren’t constantly washing pump stuff in order to do what you need to do)
- Dapple baby bottle and dish liquid (this is just my preference. It actually does seem to clean the milk off the bottles and stuff better than my regular dawn dish liquid)
- microwave steam bags (for santizing at work)
- extra valve and membranes (according to Darling Husband who does all the washing for me because he says occaisionally the membranes pop off and “disappear”)
Post # 4
My lactation con. told us to get breastflow bottles.
Post # 5
The breastfeeding class I took, said to get the kind that empty like a breast. I have a Playtex with the plastic sleeves inside.
Post # 6
I think in terms of bottles eveyone will have a reccomendation, but in the end they all work about the same. We tried multiple with my daughter and we ended up just using cheap bottles with Gerber nipples.
For breast feeding supplies. I would get extra bottles. I also had two sets of breast shields,so one could be dirty and I wouldn’t have to wash it to pump. Extra membranes, I didn’t need extra valves. Storage bags-you will go through them like crazy. Lanolin and breast pads I used in the begining too.
Post # 7
i would definitely second breast case items for the first few weeks – lanolin, disposable breast pads, and gel soothies (which saved me the first week when my nipples were sore and cracked – it got much better!)
Post # 8
I would say don’t buy any bottles (or just one of each kind) until you know what your baby prefers. Cecilia would only drink out of MAM bottles, but I know plenty of babies with other preferences!
Post # 9
Maybe a very supportive breastfeeding book to have a troubleshooting reference manual and an idea of what to expect. The one I had was the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which was great in a lot of ways but I do wish it had more info on the first two weeks and was a bit less negative about certain things, but it was better to have a book than not have it. Maybe someone else will have a good book suggestion for you.
My little girl liked the breastflow bottles but I know other people that haven’t had luck with them.
I really like to have a manual pump to throw in my purse when we’re visiting family (I often have others give her bottles of expressed milk when we’re there).
Definately lanolin or some sort of lotion.
Post # 10
All I really needed was storage bags and Lansinoh.
The gel soothies didn’t help as expected.
The hospital provided larger flanges since we decided to pump while still in the hospital.
I barely used breast pads (less than 10x) so it depends on the person.
And I didn’t need bottles until a few months later (PISA provides 4 bottles with the pump). We used Dr. Brown’s because it has an insert to reduce air, or something like that. We borrowed from a friend and then invested in 5 of them. Our baby had to take the bottle the first week until latching consistently and there was no nipple confusion. It was the medela bottle with a similac nipple that is slanted. I think it’s more important to get the right nipple (flow/shape) than the bottle. With Dr. Brown’s level 1 nipple worked at first but now level 3 nipple works better.
Post # 11
Mrs DG is right. Each baby will have a bottle preference. We use Tommee Tippee bottles for Liv and she has no issues going back and forth between breast and bottle. Our pediatrician likes them, and he strongly recommended against us using Dr Browns for breast and bottle feeding bc been their slowest flow nipple is too fast and can lead to nipple preference toward the bottle (easiest way to get food, less work…) as for what else, I’d say some membranes and maybe an extra set of flanges so you don’t have to wash them every single time. And freezing bags if you plan on that, but you prob have some time to get those. I also have the PISA and love it. And I found the 4 bottles were plenty, but we transfer the breast milk into a TT bottle for feedings so they aren’t in constant use. A few more might come in handy
Post # 12
Thank you for all the suggestions! I’m really wanting to breastfeed exclusively so I want to be as prepared as I can – there’s so many options out there, it can get a little overwhelming!