Post by Haley RobertsWhether you will breast feed your baby or formula feed your baby, selecting the right bottle for pumped milk or packaged milk will be a very important decision for you. Selecting the right bottle can prevent fuzziness and gas (forms of colic), tears from babies who are attached to breast feeding only, and in rare cases, subject your baby to potentially harmful chemicals. Fortunately for modern moms we have a WIDE range of choices and information on the world wide web to help us make our decisions.
MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW
All babies are different. No matter how many stars a bottle brand has on the world wide web, if your sweet baby refuses to use it, it does not do you any good. It also needs to be a bottle that works for mom. Before heading off to Costco and buying the best reviewed bottle in bulk, buy small amounts of multiple bottle and nipple types and brands. Find out what works best for baby and mom.
LET’S TALK BOTTLE NIPPLES
Traditional Nipples are dome or bell shaped.
Orthodontic Nipples are flat on the side that rests on your child’s tongue. This is intended to accommodate a baby’s palate and gums.
Flat Topped and Wide Nipples were created to resemble mom’s breast and recommended for mom’s pumping or weening from the breast.
Nipples also come in a wide variety of sizes and milk flow release. Age recommendations are typically listed on the packaging. Keep in mind that each baby is different and may not follow the exact age guidelines. If your little one is struggling to get milk from the nipple or choking every time he or she sucks, then this particular nipple may not be the right fit for your baby. If you have any concerns be sure to consult your baby’s Doctor.
From angle neck bottle styles, to “natural flow” you will have a wide variety of plastic or glass types of bottles to choose from. Recently, many have become concerned about what chemicals may be contained in plastic bottles such as the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). Fortunately, this has created a new awareness and new products that are BPA-Free. We strongly caution you against buying anything that is not BPA free. If you are still concerned, glass bottles are a great option- be sure to get a slip cover to protect them from breaking if dropped on the floor.
From personal experience, I highly recommend specialty bottles such as Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow to prevent colic, spit-up and gas. These bottles have a built-in vent system to prevent air bubbles from entering the baby’s tummy. When we switched to these bottles it changed everything for us!! They are also BPA-Free. As a side note: Don’t be discouraged if you are a working mom and you want to breast feed. YOU CAN DO IT! I did it and it is possible to make it work.
There are two other materials used to make baby bottles, silicone and stainless steel. Silicone is flexible, BPA-free, safe to heat, safe to clean in the dishwasher, and resistant to scratching. As the years continue on, I think we will see more of this product readily available on the shelves versus plastic. Stainless steel bottles are durable and have a long life. Stainless steel is highly scratch resistant which means there are no places for bacteria or milk to hide after washing. I think it is important to note that stainless steel is the number one material used by hospital kitchens because of it’s cleaning ability.
A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS
To help you in your search, here are a few brands and bottles that come recommended.
Glass Bottle recommendations:
BPA-Free Plastic Bottle recommendations:
Silicone Bottle recommendations:
Stainless Steel Bottle recommendations: