Which bottles are best for a breast fed baby?

Erinn - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Any ideas on bottles that are the closest to a breast? My daughter will ONLY BF so I wanted to keep my eyes open for a bottle that she might accept.... she's never taken ANY bottles.... any suggestions??

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Michelle - posted on 05/30/2009

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Breastflow are the best. My daughter has been on them since she was born and has not experienced any nipple confusion or problems switching from breast to bottle throughout the day.

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2009

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I bought all of the bottles that claimed to be close to mother's breast. The only bottle my daughter would take was Avent. I took my daughter to work with me, and I nursed when we were out too, so she rarely needed a bottle. I had no issues with breastfeeding. She is now a year old and I am still breastfeeding.

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I used tomee tipee 'closer to nature' bottles while matthew was still in the NICU. it has an air valve in the teat to stop gas

Alison - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have breastfed all four of my chldren and to be honest they were all different trial and error is the only way most importantly dont stress about it they will sort themselves out sometimes they take better to a beaker and miss the bottle completely

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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My youngest daughter was bottle fed so i just used the target brand bottles with the blue lids, but i think for a baby who is both breast fed and bottle fed, Tommee Tippee is the best... the teat is REALLY wide and to me i think it more resembles how the baby's mouth is when attached to the boob, keeping the lips curled up the same, so there isn't much change for baby when going between both...Goodluck

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Tanya - posted on 05/30/2009

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I too exclusively BF my 4 month old we prdered the breastflow bottles from the internet and she takes them pretty well. At first I dont think she knew what to expect beacause I had only given her the breast but after a couple trys she took it pretty well. My advice is to not wait till your lo is 3 mths before introducing the bottle.

Jeana - posted on 05/27/2009

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boy some of these comments take me back = ) my only child (son) is now 11yrs old but I had pretty much only breast fed until he was almost a year. I tried the Evenflo & Playtex drop ins with no success. I had gotten some Avent @ one of my baby showers and they worked like a charm..although as another mommie posted @ times the flow was to fast for him (he sucked to hard/quickly) but Avent makes different nipples to combat this problem (slower flow) I also like that Avent has the silicone and the shape is more like natural breast.


Another two brands to consider are: The First Years Breastflow which has a double nipple like shape (so again it's very similar to an actual breast) I think it also has a straw like middle that eliminates the vacuum effect that breast fed babies sometimes incur when trying to drink from a bottle. Dr. Browns also has this feature



***EDIT*** maybe it was Medela as the other brand I used (as oppossed to Dr. Brown) I know Avent was the one, but forget & getting confused after reading the varoius post as to other brand. I was a member of the LLLI (or Le Leche Organization/Society) and they always have great advice

Lizanne - posted on 05/27/2009

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My daughter Colleen breast feed until she was 6 months but we did give her formula a night, as I didn't produce enough. I tried both Dr. Browns and Born Free and she didn't mind either but I found that I liked the Born Free's better. The nipple was a bit more like a natural nipple. My other friends liked them too. Good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had really good luck with the Avent bottles. My youngest was attached to me from the start and she took to the Avent without a problem. Good-Luck

Becca - posted on 05/27/2009

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My daughter took only ONE kind of bottle apart from the breast. I was worried I would have trouble supplementing; however, I found it very easy to get her to take a SOOTHIE bottle. She loved the bottle & that was also the only type of pacifier she would take to. They were such a godsend to me, even if I only got a tiny little break. : )

Brittney - posted on 05/26/2009

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First Years makes the Breastflow, I never tried them, but I did tons of reviews, and after reading everythign, decided against them. I ended up using Playtex Dropins when we needed to (I nursed until Michael was 13 mos) I think IT REALLY DEPENDS ON YOUR BABY. But definitely make sure to get the wide nipple, since it is most like mom's breast.I got all anal about the whole BPA thing, so that's why I recommend the drop-ins. Unless you choose the glass route, but that always made me nervous. (I have a thrower). Oh, I jsut read that the wide nipples have already been mentioned, yay!

Erma - posted on 05/26/2009

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Playtex drop-ins work best! This system has worked for all my breastfed babies since the 90's! Just make sure you get the right flow nipple for the baby. And I would also go with the latex nipples, they are more soft and supple. We've tried NUK (wide neck and reg nipple), and playtex ventair (horrible). Baby just sucks a lot of air. Also keep an eye out for which shape your nipple has taken. You're obviously going to need a wide neck nipple. So if you're going for bottles, and there are diff types of nipples, always opt for the wide neck. Good luck!

Renee - posted on 05/26/2009

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I loved the Avent bottles....you can get them most anywhere...I got mine at Target. The nipples are shaped very similar to mom's. I used them with all three of my kids and the transition between breast and bottle was seamless.

Chandra - posted on 05/26/2009

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I used the Playtex bottles with the latex nipples for my 4 bf babies. Good luck!

Chandra

Cocheiska - posted on 05/26/2009

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We tried Avent, but the flow was too fast so we switched to Dr Browns wide bottles and they are great! My 5 weeks old BF daughter takes a bottle from daddy for one feeding a night and she hasnt had any nipple confusion or anything.

Rachel - posted on 05/26/2009

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I used The First Years Breastflow. My daughter had a hard time going back and forth until I found these. They have a 2 nipple system that mimics the way the breast works...she never had a single problem going breast to bottle and back!

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We went from breast to Dr. Brown's. Less air, less gas, less fussy baby. The playtex dropins were horrible.

Sharon - posted on 05/26/2009

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I used the breastflow bottle for my youngest son and he really struggled to get the milk out so i changed to mam which he loves, I would suggest that if u r goig to switch between bottle and breast that whichever bottle u decide on use the slowest flow teat as then they have to work to get the milk out as with breast feeding.

Amy - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have been using the playtex original nurser. My son switches between the breast and th bottle without problems so far. This bottle also comes with the choice of using a silicone or playtex nipple.

Christin - posted on 05/26/2009

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I suggest the Dropins, with the latex nipple, I know they advise against latex nipples all the time now, but both my breast feed children would only take to latex nipples as it felt more like the breast. My nephew and two nieces were the same way too. Friends that have tried the "Breast flow Bottles" have only had complaints

Ruth - posted on 05/26/2009

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Quoting Holley:



Quoting Ruth:

Apparently, you can get ones called 'Breastflow' (google it). I'm pregnant with my second child and plan on breastfeeding again. My first child just absolutely refused to take a bottle at all, at any age. It was really hard when I went back to work as he wasn't getting any milk. My (house) husband ended up feeding him with a turkey baster!
I'm gonna try these before I go back to work after my maternity leave.





Oops!  We replied the same thing at the same time.  By the way, the turkey baster thing is hillarious!  Poor guy!  You gotta do what you gotta do, I suppose.






Hahaha! Needs must! I cringe when I think about it.

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I tried munchkin, advent, and playtex before I found the NUK bottles and I love those, if you make sure to do the slow nipple, she goes back and forth really easly and she has to work to get the breastmilk out of the bottle just like she does with me. Good Luck

Andrea - posted on 05/26/2009

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Adiri Breastbottles you can get at babies r us. they are the only bottles my bf baby will take.

Bridget - posted on 05/26/2009

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Also, she may have a really hard time transitioning. So I recommend you have someone else (i.e. your husband) feed her w/ the bottle. He may have a hard time at first as well, so you will probably need to leave the house. Your baby will be able to smell you in the house and still want your milk (from you) and will refuse a bottle. Good luck and stick to it. She will eventually get hungry enough to start taking it. Also, try feeding her the bottle first thing in the a.m. that is when she will be most hungry and will want to take it. Best of Luck!!

Shawn - posted on 05/26/2009

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I used the Playtex bottles with the disposable liners. Both of my girls took well to them.

Bridget - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have two boys and they both were breastfed then went to bottles. When I switched, my sister-in-law (who is a pediatric nurse) recommended I use the Playtex drop-ins. They worked the best for us.

Cheryl - posted on 05/26/2009

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I found that the Nuk brand nipple worked best for my children when I needed to give them a bottle. Also, having worked as an RN for many years in the Neonatal ICU, we used the Nuk nipple, as well.

Holley - posted on 05/26/2009

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Quoting Ruth:

Apparently, you can get ones called 'Breastflow' (google it). I'm pregnant with my second child and plan on breastfeeding again. My first child just absolutely refused to take a bottle at all, at any age. It was really hard when I went back to work as he wasn't getting any milk. My (house) husband ended up feeding him with a turkey baster!
I'm gonna try these before I go back to work after my maternity leave.


Oops!  We replied the same thing at the same time.  By the way, the turkey baster thing is hillarious!  Poor guy!  You gotta do what you gotta do, I suppose.

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maybe try her with a straw?.

babys have to suck differently for the bottle/ breast and if she is use to the breast then its something she has to learn.



Keep the small teats as if she gets use to how fast a bottles flow is you could have her fussing at the breast.



I always found that nuck resembled the boob/nipple the best.

Holley - posted on 05/26/2009

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One Step Ahead carries a bottle called "The Breastflow". It is supposed to be the closest thing to the breast. I can't speak from experience, though. We use the cheapy Evenflo bottles because they can attach to the breast pump. Our little one had no problems with nipple confusion or anything.

Ruth - posted on 05/26/2009

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Apparently, you can get ones called 'Breastflow' (google it). I'm pregnant with my second child and plan on breastfeeding again. My first child just absolutely refused to take a bottle at all, at any age. It was really hard when I went back to work as he wasn't getting any milk. My (house) husband ended up feeding him with a turkey baster!

I'm gonna try these before I go back to work after my maternity leave.

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