Post # 1
I use the breastflow bottles for DS. He really takes to the short nipple and wide soft nipple base. BUT… the nipples are cracking and breaking apart! (There is an inner and outer nipple, the inner one is the one cracing.) I’ve called the company and they are grudgingly replacing the nipples. We’ve only been using them for about 3 months and 5 of our 7 are broken apart.
I’m worried that I’ll end up having to replace them over and over again and am wondering if I should just change bottles?
Has anyone else changed bottles once you’ve already been using one kind for a while? He takes 4 bottles a day while i’m gone, so they are going to get a lot of use over the next 6-8 months. Is it normal to have to replace bottle nipples multiple times a year? I’m looking at about every 2-3 months if I stick with the breastflow bottles.
Is there anyone else out there using these bottles with the same issues?
Post # 3
Are you sterilizing the nipples? Your doctor is your best source of advice on when you can stop sterilizing.
Nipples do break down with the heat of sterilization and they will need to be replaced.
Check your nipples often (at least every two to three months) for these signs of wear and tear:
- Breast milk or formula pours out in a stream. Liquid should drip steadily out of the nipple — if it comes rushing out, the hole is too big and the nipple should be replaced.
- Discoloration — this could be a sign that the nipple is deteriorating.
- Thinning — this an early sign that the nipple is weakening. To test a nipple’s strength, pull hard on the bulb. The nipple should rebound into its original shape. If it doesn’t, throw away the nipple.
- Stickiness or swelling — this could be a sign that the nipple is deteriorating.
- Cracks, tears, or breaks — pieces of the nipple could break off and become a choking hazard.
Post # 4
I guess I didn’t realize that they could break down that easily/quickly.
I don’t sterilize though, nor do I put them in the dishwasher. I wash them by hand each night with dish soap and they air dry. That’s why it is so frustrating.
Post # 5
How old are the nipples you are replacing?
Post # 6
@julies1949: I bought them brand new in May and have used them daily since late June. So it’s about 12 weeks of daily use. Each bottle/nipple gets used once per day and washed that night.
Post # 7
Personally I’d think about switching because that’s just irritating. I’d start out slow and just give him one of the new type each day until you know how he’ll take to it. We use the super cheap bottles that walmart sells in three packs for like 2.97 or something and haven’t had that problem. I’d be pretty irritated if I was in your position. If they’re wearing out this easily now whats going to happen when he has more teeth?
Post # 8
We switched bottles, but it was after I was already done breastfeeding so it wasn’t an issue. The new bottles are easier to drink from so she wouldn’t go back to breastflow, or to the breast after that. I would just make sure you pick another bottle that’s also meant for use while breastfeeding if you’re planning to continue.
Post # 9
I use Dr. Brown’s and Avent, and breastfed until Dirty Delete was 4.5 months-nooo problems with any of them! Not that this answers your question, but just to say that we used all different kinds and she didn’t mind the switch at all.
Post # 10
I work at a daycare so I have used a lot of different types of nipples everyday. I think that LpCutiPie is right and you should try a new nipply each day and see what he likes. Your problem is not uncommon. We had a mom that used those same nipples and she had the same issues. She switched her son to NUK and it worked out great. Most of the breastfed babies at work use the NUK bottles but I have also seen breast fed babies that would use any bottle it just depends on the baby. Just keep trying new things if your child doesn’t seem to take a liking to a certain nipple.
Please do not try and force your baby to use a certain type of nipple like a mother at my daycare does. The only way we can get her son to eat is if we fight him for 15 mins trying to transition him from sucking on our finger to his Advent nipple that is 3 times the size of his mouth, just because she refuses to see that her son needs a different nipple 🙁
Post # 11
We switched bottles when DS was wanting to help hold his bottles at daycare (we used glass Bornfree bottles so they were too heavy for him). I switched to MAM bottles and he drinks from them even better than our previous ones. It hasn’t changed his latch at all and he still nurses great so if swtiching bottles is your concern, then you may consider trying it and have positive results the way we did.
Post # 12
I love MAM and we switched successfully to those at about 4 months old.
Post # 13
We used the Bornfree plastic bottles, and the nipples that go with that bottle say they need to be switched out every 6 weeks, regardless of visible tears/punctures. Even though it was a little expensive, we bought new nipples every 6 weeks per the recommendation. Did your Breatflow bottles come with any recommendations like that? I think some nipples might need to switched out more often.
Post # 14
I think it’s a good idea to try an alternative. We used our Avent nipples for about six months, sterilizing sometimes twice a day, and they never had any issues at all. Handwashing and destroyed after only 3 months? Doesn’t sound like good quality.
(Side note: you’re not supposed to use nipples that long and we didn’t figure that out until 6 months old, LOL. Avent has sizing so we were using “newborn” nipples way longer than we were supposed to.)