best bottle for breast fed baby?

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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What is the best type of bottle to use if nursing but will need to pump for when i go back to work?

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Stacy - posted on 09/17/2009

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It depends on the baby, what works for one doesn't always work for others, so you might have to try different types of bottles/nipples. Some babies are just picky and some will suck on anything you put in their mouth! The hospital I work at recommends the Soothie pacifier for babies who are breastfed and now they make a bottle with the same nipple. I use it for my little one when I leave him with dad or grandma and he took it without a problem.

Dawnelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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I used the Avent bottles about 1 or 2 weeks after my son was born. It took a long time for me to build up a good supply of milk and my son was loosing weight despite nursing nearly every hour (I had to be induced after pre-mature rupture of membrane and delivered c-section to a 9 lb baby) so we had to supplement. When he was 10 weeks he refused the bottle after I went 1 week straight without a bottle or formula (he was collicy) but I was going back to work @ 12 weeks so we had to find a bottle. I tried First Step "Breast flow" and he took right to it. It seemed that he refused the bottle not only when I took a break from the bottle for that 1 week but my mom also insisted on forcing the pacifier on him (to give me a break from all the nursing, she insisted).

Natalie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I started my son with an occasional bottle at 1 month and he took right to Avent (a brand recommended to me by my SIL); I always have my husband give him the bottle b/c he won't take one from me (too close to the "real thing")

Amanda - posted on 09/16/2009

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i liked the avent bottles. it made my daughter suck the same. i had to bottle feed her at first cause she was a premie. she got breast milk but in a bottle. well i couldnt bet her to go to the breast until i started using that type of bottle. there spendy though.

Erika - posted on 09/16/2009

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Try a few and see which one your kiddo likes. We tried several and she finally took the Adiri Natural Nurser. It is funny how lots of bottles say they are like the breast but the Adiri really does look like a breast. It also helps if someone else feeds your baby the bottle. Take a break for a couple hours and leave your baby with someone you trust to try the bottle.

Danae - posted on 09/14/2009

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We love the glass born free bottles. I like how flexible and soft the nipples are. I believe you can also buy adaptors for your pump online bornfree.com, as well as other (older) nipples. My little guy is just 3 months but started taking them at 2 mths. They aren't cheap, but I prefer glass. (they also make a plastic chemical free one) With my daughter we used the soothie bottles, they also worked well for us and are cheaper.

Cassie - posted on 09/14/2009

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I went back to work full-time when my daughter was 6 weeks old. She had never had a bottle or binky before, completely breastfed. She took to the Nuk wonderfully.

Carlyn - posted on 09/14/2009

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I loved the breastflow bottles. My daughter took right to them and nursed like a pro. The only down side is they are wide mouth. If you get standard mouth bottles, they will fit right on the pump, therefore saving you a step and a dirty bottle during the whole process. But we were on a tight budget anyway, so I was pumping into the cheepest bottles I could find and trying to limit our drinking bottles to 8 -- 4 a day with 4 ready for the next day or ready to wash from the day before. Good luck finding a bottle that works. Remember that no matter which you choose, the first time the baby will most likely not take to it very well. It takes a couple of times for them to catch on that good stuff can also come from bottles, not just from mom.

Keri - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had really good luck getting my daughter to take the playtex ones with drop-in liners (VERY handy for pumping and storing milk). Other bf mom's I know used the Playtex Vent-Air and their babies took to them right away as well.

Also something to try is not waiting too long to introduce the bottle. I started with my daughter at a couple weeks old, just enough to give her the idea, and only for one feeding a day as to minimize the nipple/bottle confusion.

She no longer wanted anything to do with bottles at 10 months and went to tippy cups. I stopped pumping when I changed jobs (she was 12 months) and she drinks goats milk during the day. She's now 17 months old and still nurses one or two times a day, but weaning is not very far away.

So glad to hear you are breastfeeding and plan to continue!! Good luck finding the bottle that works for you.

Martha - posted on 09/14/2009

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My first was picky about bottles. After trying most available, she liked the Playtex Drop-Ins with the Natural Latch nipples. These are the bottles I started my second on, and she hasn't had any problems.

On a side note, I have been reading "Milk Memos", which I highly recommend. It is a compilation of notes written between a group of women who used the lactation room at IBM mixed with practical advice about being a working mom. Anyway, they say that around 3 months babies go from sucking out of reflex to being able to make a choice about what to do with things in their mouths. This explained to me why my first daughter, who had previously taken a bottle fine, suddenly decided she didn't like them when she was 3 months old (which happened to be my second day back to work!).

Jocelyn - posted on 09/14/2009

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i haven't tried it yet (i didn't know about it until recently and now i have no need for it lol) but there is a breast-shaped bottle called the Adiri Natural Nurser. I've heard good things :)

Siobhan - posted on 09/14/2009

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My son wouldn't take anything until 8 months and I found the adiri nurser...He loves it! We tried about 15 different ones for 8 months...and I happened to find this one on a clearence rack somewhere when I was out! Its great!

Rebekah - posted on 09/14/2009

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My son, Dr. Brown's, and daughter, NUK. I started giving my son the Dr. Browns bottles when he was 12 days old and he always did great. With my daughter I didn't introduce a bottle until she was 2.5 months old and, after several bottles, the NUK (like her pacifier) was the only one she'd take.

Debbie - posted on 09/14/2009

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I just used the medela ones that come with the breast pump I purchased. I started trying to give her a bottle at 3 months b/c she didnt want to take one when being babysat. it took a few tries for her not to freak out but she soon realized that the bottle gave her the exact same thing as the breast and was ok to take it.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2009

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my son took the advent bottles but knowing i was going back to work when he was 3 weeks i started having my husband give him a bottle at least once a day. i pumped while he did it my husband enjoyed it only b/c he got to spend time with him, and i enjoyed it b/c he liked the time.

Rebecca - posted on 09/14/2009

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We tried a ton of bottles with my now 4 month old daughter, I tried even-flo glass bottles, Dr. Browns, Born free, and then Nuby. She totally refused all the other bottles but took to the Nuby with no problems at all! I think it is because of the unique shape and the fact that the hole for the milk to come out is on the top and not at the end, so the milk runs over the nipple and mixes with saliva like it would when breastfeeding. Im not usually one for gimmics but she really took to it without so much as even a fuss. And after fussing with all the other bottles I was pretty convinced lol!

Michelle - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had the darndest time finding a bottle that my daughter would take. I tried like 4 differant brands with varying nipples and finally found the 'Breast Flow' ones from First Years. it is a 2 part nipple system and is supposed to mimic the breast with the let down 'reflex' and everything. she took to it very well but i had to trick her and rub milk all over the nipple before she would take it. she got used to it and i no longer have to rub milk on it now. good luck. you might just have to try trial and error tho.

Sara - posted on 09/14/2009

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My son would NOT take a bottle till he was 9 months old - would scream at the sight of them. Then I discovered Dr. Brown's bottles - the standard ones - not the wide ones. And he took those without a hesitation and never looked back!! So when I had my daughter I put her on those and she had NO problem going back and forth from breast to bottle. :) I swear by them!



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