Do you want to know what bottles are best for your breastfed baby?
You’re in need of good bottles that other moms recommend right?
Buying bottles can be a total nightmare. And because you’re breastfeeding, you’ve not given it much thought until now.
You’re gonna need to find ones that your baby loves and that won’t want them to give up the boob.
Oh sure, no pressure then. Eek!
Right, first we’re gonna start by looking at bottles that mimic your breasts. Why? Well because you’re gonna want to prevent nipple confusion.
Nipple what now?
Basically, it’s a fancy way of saying your baby will prefer bottle feeding over breastfeeding. You see, it’s a lot easier to get milk from a bottle than your breasts. That means your baby doesn’t have to work as hard to feed from the bottle.
That ease of bottle feeding can make your baby lazy. Well ‘feeding lazy,’ because let’s face it they sleep most of the day anyway. Then they don’t want to have to work hard to get milk by breastfeeding.
Cue: screaming, crying and frustration, for both you and baby. Le sigh
So as I said, bottles that mimic the breast are best for your breastfed baby.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by ‘mimic the breast.’ Because all baby bottles pretty much look like a big nipple right?
Nope. There are small changes in nipple shapes that make a huge difference in the way your baby feeds. Seriously, if you don’t get it right, your baby will refuse the bottle point blank.
Let’s see what you should look out with your bottles.
The features of a great ‘breast milk’ nipple:
- Slow flow or baby controlled flow – to prevent overfeeding
- Deep shape -to allow baby to mimic the breastfeeding tongue rhythm
- Soft texture – to mimic a real nipple
- Wide base – so baby can mimic breast attachment
If you’re looking at that list and don’t have a clue where to start, no probs. I’ve done all the hard work for you.And because you, may love a bottle, doesn’t mean your baby will. Then you can refer back to this list to see what other bottles you can try.
Keep reading for my top bottle recommendations for breastfed babies.
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Top 10 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies
1. Comotomo Natural Feel
Let’s kick this list off with a great bottle – The Comotomo natural feel. Oh boy, is this bottle popular. I think that’s mainly down to the fact that it’s a unique design. The whole bottle made of soft silicone, so when you touch it the sides move. That softness makes it feel like a breast for your baby. You know, rather than, rather than a hard plastic tube.
Your baby can keep the same latch as they would at the breast, with the wide, flexible nipple teat. Plus you can get a range of nipples that help your baby control the flow.
I’m telling you these bottles are great for newborns and older babies. I think that being able to squash the bottle makes baby adapt to the Comotomo better than other bottles.
Even moms that exclusively breastfed love these, it’s the only bottles their babies take to them with no problems. Buy these now if you plan on switching between breast and bottle feeding regularly.
2. Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow
For moms that arn’t familar witht e comtotom, I gurantee the’d recommend these Dr Brown’s bottles. The fact that they are a bestsellers all over the world speaks volumes.
Let’s face it a product that comes that highly recommended means that they work. These are the perfect bottles for dealing with baby colic or wind.
It’s pretty smart really. The bottle is designed to be vacuum free, with a straw-like vent for air to escape. So less air gets trapped in your baby’s tummy during a feed. To ensure total milk control for your breastfed baby, I’d recommend using a Size 0 (premmie) nipple.
Don’t be put off that these bottles have lots of parts to assemble. A few minutes extra to wash bottles are a pain. But, think of all the misery saved by avoiding an upset baby with trapped wind.
3. Philips Avent Natural Glass
In this day and age, it’s natural to be concerned about using plastic for feeding your baby. The Philips Avent natural glass range is a great alternative. These bottles are glass, which may seem a little old-fashioned. But there are lots of benefits including easier cleaning, eco-friendly and keep more nutrients in your breast milk.
If the Dr. Brown bottles haven’t worked for you, then I think you’ll find success with the Avent range. The leak-free vent allows your baby to control the flow of milk. Plus it ticks all the boxes to prevent nipple confusion. Making it easier for you to switch between breast and bottle without any issues.
4. Lansinoh Momma NaturalWave
If your baby requires a soft short teat, then the Lansinoh mOmma bottles are fantastic. These bottles are highly rated by exclusively breastfeeding moms returning to work. They are designed to be as soft as possible but structured to prevent collapsing in baby’s mouth. To prevent colic, the bottles are vented to allow air to flow out.
The Lansinoh natural wave bottles are on par with the Dr. Browns bottles. We suggest trying these if you want the benefits of the Dr. Brown bottles but easier to clean.
5. First Years BreastFlow
The concept behind the breast flow bottles is very innovative for mimicking breastfeeding. The ‘double nipple’ means that baby has to suck and compress the teat to get the milk out. That effort means your baby has to work much harder to get the milk. The payoff for you is that it helps minimizes nipple confusion.
Although popular, The First Years BreastFlow bottles can be a bit hit or miss with ratings. A lot of moms love them for how similar they are to the breast. For others, they found the inner and outer teat design trapped some precious breast milk.
6. Medela Calma
The Medela brand is like the Dyson of the breastfeeding world. The calma teat is the result of their research into breastfeeding teats for bottles. The teat work by encouraging baby to create a vacuum between their mouth and the teat, and only then the milk will flow. This allows baby to feed, pause and breathe, just like they would when breastfeeding.
The best thing about this design is that it doesn’t leak easily. As baby has to work to get the milk out and won’t get lazy when he goes back to the breast. You should consider these teats if you already have a pump and bottles form the Medela range.
As there is only one size of Calma teat available, some moms found it was too long for their baby. If you require a bottle with a shorter teat, we recommend the Comotomo or the Lansinoh mOmma.
7. Playtex Premium Nurser
If you are looking for a simplified way to feed baby expressed milk look no further that the Playtex Premium nurser. The bottle adopt a drop in liner system, which removes one of the biggest disadvantages of bottle feeding – the cleaning. You can pump directly into the liners, store (even freeze) and then pop into the bottle to feed. How easy is that?
The liner will collapse as the milk is removed so that no air is left for baby to take in. This reduces colic and a fussy baby. The teat is also designed to mimic a baby’s natural latch action.
These bottles are one of the highest rated bottles on the market. They are reasonably priced, too. Remember that you will need to continue buying additional liners, but for most moms, the convenience is worth the extra expense. Moms simply love them for their giving their breastfed baby expressed milk.
8. MAM Anti-Colic
The MAM Anti-colic bottles are another alternative to try if you have a colicky or fussy baby. Moms that have tried lots of other brands rate these bottles very highly.
Most vented bottles have holes around the top where your baby feeds. The mama anti-colic has a vented base design to allow air to escape when the bottle is tilted.
We love that these bottles are self- sterilizing, making cleaning so much easier. Simply fill the base with water and place in the microwave for a few minutes.
9. Kiinde Squeeze
A new concept to bottles in the Kiinde Squeeze pouch feeding system. Similar to the Playtex liners, you can pump directly into the pouch, store and feed to baby. The pouches also collapse as milk drains, and excess air escapes.
The teats easily clip onto the pouch and are designed to be deep and wide to prevent ‘lazy-latching’ from your baby.
We highly recommend these if you are a working mom or have hectic family life and simply don’t have the time to wash and sterile bottles. It’s not the cheapest system. However, moms seem to love this system. It’s one to consider if you want to invest in a good feeding system without all the trial and error.
10. Munchkin Latch
The Munchkin Latch comes with an ‘accordion’ style teat, which mimics the flexibility of your breasts. These are ideal if your baby doesn’t like the long shaped nipples, but struggles to get a deep enough latch onto the teat. The design also creates a feedback mechanism where milk is only released when they apply pressure to the base of the teat like they would when breastfeeding.
To prevent excess air in the milk, there is an anti-colic valve at the base of the bottle. They are the perfect solution if your baby has problems with colic or gas.
Moms recommend these particularly for slow nipple flow, which is a lot slower than average ‘slow flow’ teats. Consider these bottles if you’re fed up with other bottle types that easily leak, dribble milk and choke your baby at each feed.