what are the best baby bottles and pumps to use?

Lois - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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soon to be new mom that will breast feed but completely confused about bottles and what all the bpa and poly-something means. Help!!!

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Angie - posted on 05/07/2009

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I used the playtex pump. It was cheaper and most bottles fit on it. It fits the wide and standard neck bottles. It's also cheaper than the others.

Rosemarie - posted on 05/06/2009

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BPA is just basically a kind of plastic that is used to make things. It is a chemical in the plastic that the bottles are made of. My doctor had me avoid that stuff completely and I went with bottles where you just throw away the liners and the milk never touches the plastic of the bottle.

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medela breast pumps are awesome. I liked the breast flow bottles since i was also nursing, but they are only sold at babies r us

Candace - posted on 05/07/2009

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I'm a brand new mom (1 month) and I found a playtex double pump with 3 settings that works great. They also produce a line of bottles with a sterile disposable liners that you can hook up to the pump and it goes right in. I like it because there isn't any extra hassle, I pull the bottle out of the fridge (liner filled) and soak it in hot water, that's all there is to it. I didn't know this when selecting this brand, but any of the bottle liners will work with the pump system, which I've seen at target for around $70-80. Hopefully this helps.

Julie - posted on 05/07/2009

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Oh, and there was for a while a lot of hype about the dangers of BPA in bottles, but all of that was disproven, so don't worry too much about it. But a lot of companies make BPA free bottles now if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Julie - posted on 05/07/2009

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I liked the Medela double pump too. I had to pump a lot in the beginning because my son was having trouble nursing at first, and I needed to get my milk supply going.



We had to suddenly switch to bottles all at once when my son got a bad rash/eczema outbreak that we thought might be caused by an allergy to something in my breastmilk. He did not like the sudden switch, but when we found the First Year Soothie bottles, it helped a lot. The nipples are just like the green pacifiers they give you in the hospital, which is the only pacifier my son ever had. They are also wide, which make the bottles easier to clean. I think they are fairly new; my pedicatrician hadn't seen them before, but I found them at Target. I also like that when you take the lid off, you can snap it onto the bottom of the bottle so you don't lose it.

Tara - posted on 05/07/2009

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I use the drop-ins/liners with Playtex bottles. Lifesaver for our colicky baby (she's now almost 14 months, and in the process of weaning off the bottle). As for pumps, Medela is supposed to make a wonderful pump, and Playtex makes a pretty decent pump. I'll probably go with one of the two (Medela or Playtex) with our 2nd (due September this year) because I have to pump due to previous breast surgery (I had a reduction about 10 years ago).
Honestly though, just go with what you're comfortable with. We tried the Avent bottles and they didn't work for us, but Playtex did, so that's what we went with.

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2009

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If you need an electric pump (pumping on a regular basis) I would definitely go with one of the Medela double pumps. I used the Pump in Style. Medela also has a hand pump, the Harmony (I think that's what it's called) that was great for occasional pumping.

I also love the drop-in's by Playtex. Less air in baby's tummy as the bag collapses and the nipples are shaped pretty much like the breast. Good Luck!

Kari - posted on 05/07/2009

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i actually got a breast pump from a local pharmacy, that was hospital grade. i use playtex drop ins and love them i hate cleaning bottles and this keeps my milk germ free, cause i pump and them just drop the bag in the bottle no transferring.

Gemma - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had the AVENT bottles when my son was born {I breast fed for the first 9 weeks}, but they needed replacing when he was 11 months old after they had been dropped several times. I replaced them with supermarket own brand so much cheaper and they do the same job, when we have another child I will use the own brand again. Good Luck

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I used the medela double electric pump, and the playtex Bag liner bottles. the playtex bottles that i used had the large nipples on them, my oldest would not take the small nipples because they were so different from the breast. with the larger nipple there was less nipple confusion. she transsioned better to them. Also with the bag or drop in liners there was less chance of them not getting clean when we (my husband) cleaned them. and as they got older my Girls would loose them on the toy box or some where else, and we would find them days later all nasty. i could just toss the bag and clean the nipple ring and bottle and no worries. good luck in all you do. I hope this info Helps

Kari - posted on 05/06/2009

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i use the lansinoh manual pump(its easier for me to pump myself incase i need to stop quick to grab mt 1yr old, as far as bottles dr. browns are excellent but all the parts are a pain to clean but its worth it if its for your baby i used breastflow bottles for my older baby but they no longer have them and you could only get them at babies r us(so thats a bummer, those were awesome

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Best pump is definitely the Medela double electric :) I consider the Ameda double electric as equal to the Medela...

Kelly - posted on 05/06/2009

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i breastfed for the first 6 weeks then weaned him to formula so i could go back to work and not worry about pumping......at first i used the dr.browns bottles, they were great but i just was tired of washing all the parts all the time, i also used the playtex ventair bottles, the ones that i had the markings on the side came off and the company provided new ones, but i went back to the dr.browns bottles, but baby never had a problem with either one.....good luck and congrats on your little miracle.....

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I didn't have to use it much, but Medela makes pretty good pumps, both manual and electric.

I like the slow-flow nipples (I use Playtex Vent-Aire) because they don't drown the baby. I used them even for my older baby because it is supposedly more similar to how much breastmilk flows.

Shawn - posted on 05/06/2009

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Advent is a disposable lining for a bottle that helps prevent colic (is like gas which cause alot of discomfort for the baby and your baby will cry alot) will also help keep things sterile for your baby also. I did not have many choices when my children were born 16 yrs ago but with my grandbaby this is what I plan on using. Good luck

Lindsey - posted on 05/06/2009

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I really loved using Dr.Browns bottles for the first month or so.... then i move to advent and have been so happy. my little one has never spit up or anything after having a bottle out of either. i believe that there is a new thing about bpa... which i have heard that it is a chemical in the older bottles that was leeching into milk. i am not sure if that is the whole thing but that is what my best friend is saying that works in a infant daycare.. plus advent can be used to make sippy cups when babies get older. again i hope this helps

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