Just read reviews on the avent natural bottles and the negative reviews show similar issues with babies sucking too much air. So, might have to switch. The avent natural bottles are what came with my pumps. Thinking of getting avent classic bottles since they worked pretty well with my first child when he did have to take a bottle.
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Any one else have recommendations or personal experiences with bottles? I've been pumping (and donating!) a ton of milk, and I think DH and I are going to go have a date next week, so we're looking at bottles. I've ordered a little Medela kit, because that's my pump brand and I figure at least they'll fit my pump. But they're not the wider based bottles (which I've heard is good for breastfeeding babies) and the nipples aren't vented or any of those other fancy systems that are supposed to simulate the breast. Is any of that necessary? Any mamas with experience want to chime in, I'd love to hear what you think!
The Medela bottles are convenient. The momo tends to leak a lot out the sides. Our preference is the como tomo....we purchased them from Amazon.
Are como tomo ones the soft sided bottles? I saw them on amazon, I think, and they look interesting... but strange. Any specific reason that they're your favorite? Does it have anything to do with the soft-sided bottle thing?
I kind of figure that, like any baby gear, the bottle choice is going to come down to baby's preference and there's no telling what that might be til we try stuff out. So I'm starting with the Medela kit, but I guess we might have to buy a few different bottles to try out, if the Medela ones don't go over well.
I've only tried the avent natural and Dr. Browns. Dr. Browns is the winner. I got the standard size - not wide - she latches on it much better than the other. She still gets quite a bit of gas, but I think it's a big improvement over the other and she seems more comfortable eating. With her tongue tie and lip tie, she even had trouble gulping down any of my milk she did get when latched to the breast, so yeah. Not sure if it is because of silent reflux or what, but she's handling things pretty fine. I hold her for a while after she eats and stuff to make sure she is comfortable and upright. I use a baby carrier if I need to be hands free. I compared the avent natural with the avent classic and I fail to see much difference in the shape and size of the nipple. I think my baby may take to the larger sized avent natural bottles that I already got once she's older. So, I'll just hang on to them in case.
I only pump for 10-15 mins. No way I'd have time for 30 mins and then feeding the baby and taking care of my other children. I try to pump 8 times a day. I read you should pump like 10 times a day in the beginning if you exclusively pump... I have no idea where I'd find that time? I'm just doing the best I can. I'm on the edge of giving up every day, but I enjoy seeing her happy and healthy and having nice poos so, I'm hanging in there for now. I tried breastfeeding again yesterday. But, I think I accidentally gave her nipple confusion and when I tried to cup feed she screamed bloody murder. I have done cup feeding with one of my previous kids and they did alright with it. Think my newbie is just too picky. She tried to nurse for about 10- 15 mins, but her suck/latch was pretty awful. She has never had a good latch though, so who knows if any of it matters. I feel like I gave my strongest attempt at this. I only have so much time in my day with the other kids all being little. I have cried because I wish I could breastfeed, but I just don't think it's going to happen this time around.
Wanted to add, every day I wanted to quit!! It was by far the hardest thing I've ever done physically and mentally and I had PPD (for other reasons as well) which made it even harder or maybe her not nursing made the PPD worse?! Who knows