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She recommended the Dr. Brown's wide neck. The flow is the slowest and the nipple is wide and makes baby open like at the breast.
It's what we have been using and they're great.
no circ/vax-babywearer-cosleeping-pumping/breastfeeding-homeschooling single mama
bedsharing, knitting, toddler-nursing, nerdy, babywearing mama!
I also use WeilBaby bottles, which I do like. I got them at Whole Foods.
Mama to P. born at home 10/09, and W. born in the hospital 2/13
once she got the hang of it i just used whatever, mainly a variety of the ones we had previously tried and rejected and if i have to buy new ones it's the cheap-o 99 cent things all the way.
I only pump occasionally but use the 4 ounce size gerber glass bottles. They come in a three pack for about 4 dollars at target. I like that they are interchangeable with the medela bottles so i can pump right into them. Also, I'm not fond of using plastic bottles.
Same here. We used the breastflow bottles when we were worried abt ds's latch, but it was a pain to keep transfering from bottle to bottle. Bf babies often don't take more than 4 ounces, and it's sooo nice to be able to pump right into them. And they are cheap, and you don't have to worry abt leaching.
I know they sell born free adapters if you want to go that route for glass bottles (too $$$$ for me).
I also wanted to recommend the medela bulk storage packs-- they run abt 15 dollars for 12 of them, and we've found them so convenient for storing, freezing and feeding. I was able to score a whole bunch for cheap off of cl, though.
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
I strongly recommend waiting, buying one or two brands at a time and figuring out which one your babe will take---we got 10 of the glass Evenflow ones and our daughter never got the hang of that shape of nipple. We use Adiri, but they are discontinued.
We tried: Breastflow (didn't work for us), Born Free (he didn't like), Dr. Brown's (pricey and he wasn't impressed), Platex Drop-Ins (too complicated for me at 2 am) and finally settled out with Avent - but not the honey colored ones, those leaked all over me. We have the BPA-free kind with the adapter ring.
DS had gas issues and the drop-ins were wonderful for solving that "extra air" issue. We tried so many kinds the first few weeks he had a bottle, and no matter the burps, he still had issues. The first time we tried the drop-in, that extra gas issue was gone. And he used until about 8months. But they leak. (or at least, ours did).
DS also made a connection with the sound the drop-ins make. He would end up just playing with the bottle to make the plastic inflate.
Now we're just back to the Medela that came with the pump, at 11months. during the day I give him a sippy, but going down, he still wants that "baba".
single, WAH home, to my only very kind & sweet lil man
My second had severe feeding issues due to several birth defects, we tried bunches of bottles, finally discovered the Breastflow, and it was great! Worked better than the bottles designed for his type of defect even.
My third had a small palate issue, and again the Breastflow was the only one that worked for him initially. Now that he's older he'll take anything.
Mama since 2010
Multicultural living in Europe
I guess I will try 1 or 2 of 2-3 of the brands you ladies mentioned to start with and see what works best.
I'm not sure if I should start a new thread but does anyone have a bottle warmer recommendation also?
bedsharing, knitting, toddler-nursing, nerdy, babywearing mama!
as for bottle warmers: we bought one, but have never used it. here is what we do: either microwave a pyrex measuring glass with water in it or if the hot water kettle is full put that in the pyrex measuring glass and set bottle in it. wait 1-2 minutes and voila! warm milk.
FWIW, since we have glass bottles, I found most of the bottle warmers don't work very well, they are designed to be used with plastic.
Katrina - Mama to Gabriel 11/20/2009 and Norah 10/11/2011- married to Wayne -  and now new baby Theodore born 3/11/13
and then suddenly it seemed like everybody was popping out of the woodwork and telling me that my mistake was not starting early enough.
so maybe listen to the lactation consultants but also talk to a bunch of btdt mom's as well and get a well-rounded assortment of opinions up front.
The Evenflo glass bottles don't have this problem (and are SO much cheaper), but my daughter won't take them. :/
There are other plastic-free glass baby bottles; I think LifeFactory, Momo Baby and Coddlelife make glass bottles that are plastic-free (not counting the plastic nipple ring, but that just holds the silicone nipple against the glass bottle, and doesn't come into contact with the contents).
MAM is the only brand of nipple my daughter will take. She won't take anything else- not even an SNS.
MAM bottles unscrew at both ends, so they're very easy to clean (but they're starting to pick up a slight odor, anyway).
I had some Avent bottles that my DD wouldn't take, and have used MAM nipples on those with no problem, so if you have Avent and want to see if MAM will work for you, you can just buy some MAM nipples to try so you don't have to invest in more bottles that might not work.
Because of the slight odor, we decided to switch from the MAM bottles. I'm not sure my clumsyness is a good match for glass bottles, and the last ones I tried were rejected, so I ordered Klean Kanteens with sippy adapters. According to a few online reviews, these are compatible with Avent nipples and should work with MAM nipples as well (but they only take Avent caps, MAM caps won't fit).
I'm pretty psyched about getting something that can be used as a baby bottle, a sippy cup, and later as a water bottle that she can use as a big girl, and that anyone in the family can use, just by switching the lid.
I also love that it's not plastic and not breakable (though the contents will come into contact with a little bit of plastic at the adapter).
There are completely plastic-free steel baby bottles (which can be used with a bunch of different nipple types) and silicone baby bottles as well, so you have truly plastic-free options other than glass.
9yo and brand new as of 4/28/10!
SAHM to my sweet girl born in fall 2009