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#1 of 8 Old 07-15-2014, 06:09 PM - Thread Starter
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Okay ladies, I'm in research mode. Which bottles are your favorite/ which work best for your babies? I've heard that it can be hard for a breast fed baby to take a bottle. I'll be going back to work after only about 9 weeks, so baby boy must learn to drink from a bottle when I'm not around. My review book says Dr. Browns or Avent. Thoughts?

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#2 of 8 Old 07-15-2014, 06:24 PM
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I wasn't a fan of the Dr.Brown's although I've heard a lot of others that like them. The advent were okay. I used the playtex nursers for my oldest. DS never took a bottle. My youngest used the NUK bottles and also pacifiers. That may be an option for you if you're going back to work soon after the birth. If baby ends up being a big comfort nurser than a pacifier may be needed for him and the nuk bottle nipples are the same as the pacifier making it easy to switch. I never had trouble with either of my girls switching between bottle and breast with the playtex or nuk. I know there are some other brands around here that are frequently recommended but I've never used them.

* Oh and it was my lactation specialist that suggested the NUK brand to me as being good for breastfeeding. Little dd had to get put on a bottle the first day after birth due to meds I needed and the IBCLC came to see me. She said the orthodontic nipples are the best for switching back and forth. DD used the orthodontic nipples in the hospital and then NUK bottles and pacifiers at home. Never one problem breastfeeding. I'd look for a lactation specialist in your area to have on hand in case of issues though. If you qualify for WIC they also have a breastfeeding program that provides peer counselors and lactation specialists to help. They (in my area at least) will provide you with a dual electric breast pump and other specialty nursing items if issues arise.

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platex nursers was what I used when I needed to bottle feed... my oldest took them well as well as my second and my last 2 didn't like any bottle.....but I still prefer platex because it is obvious that the air is I like their storage ability (which can be frozen) ....which is great for breast milk....

also can adapt to fit any pump
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I am a fan of Dr Brown bottles. And I'm also looking into the Playtex ones since I got a whole bunch of sample ones from my OB's practice. Apparently they like to throw free things at you there. It's not something I'm use to since my OB 5 years ago gave me a sample diaper and a bunch of brochures, and that was it. I personally will be avoiding bottle feeding early on since I am breastfeeding, but will start transitioning at 3mos while using the pump so she can get use to both. I've heard lots of moms rave about the Avent bottles, so I'll be checking them out as well.

Bottles are one of the things I DEFINITELY need to get, so I'm open to opinions as well.

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I'll be taking classes during the last trimester and finishing .... oh right about the time i'll be delivering this baby. Yep, it's crazy I know! So for my classes that are max 3 hours, I'm going to need to have a bottle pumped and ready. My DD or DS never took a binky or a bottle. I'm nervous about nipple confusion and I need to look into bottles that are best for going back and forth. So playtex seems to be a favorite... I'm going to look more into them. TY
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My babies only rarely ever used bottles but I second the NUK, and I also really liked the MAM brand. They more closely resemble a natural nipple in baby's mouth and are silky soft like mama's skin.
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When dh started taking over some of the night feedings or if I wasn't around, DS liked the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature (sensitive tummies). When he was a little smaller sometimes the Dr Brown's were awesome (smaller nipples) but after that he preferred Tommee Tippee.
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We used evenflow glass bottles with the stage one nipples and we also had a couple of lifefactory glass bottles with their stage 1 nipples. I liked them because both kinds screwed directly onto my Medela pump so I could pump directly into them and store or give DD milk right from them. We gave DD a bottle for the first time when she was about 5 weeks old, I think, and gave her one every day until she seemed good with it, and then every few days until I went back to work when she was three months. I was out of the house for the first bottle feeding, which it think is pretty key. After that, I would usually hide and pump while DD got a bottle.

The moms I know whose kids didn't take a bottle just didn't take a bottle regardless of what kind they tried, so my advice would be to keep it simple, don't worry about the Dr. Browns setup unless your LO has gas problems, and go from there.

I strongly encourage you to avoid plastic if possible.

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