Which Bottle Brand Do You Recommend? - Mothering Forums
View Poll Results: Which Bottle Brand Do You Recommend?
Dr. Brown 10 18.18%
Avent 5 9.09%
Born Free 6 10.91%
Tommee Tippee 1 1.82%
Madela 4 7.27%
Other 29 52.73%
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Life With a Baby > Which Bottle Brand Do You Recommend?
virgo's Avatar virgo 05:48 PM 08-15-2010
I am having my first baby and have read so many conflicting reviews of bottle brands that I am now thoroughly confused. I am planning to breastfeed and pump so DH can feed her too. Which bottle brand do you like best and why?

clemrose's Avatar clemrose 06:10 PM 08-15-2010
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.
Drummer's Wife's Avatar Drummer's Wife 06:19 PM 08-15-2010
I preferred the playtex nursers - with the wide latch nipples (not sure the correct term). I had an adapter so I could pump from my Medela straight into the bags.
OneWithTwo's Avatar OneWithTwo 07:57 PM 08-15-2010
I see a LC on a regular basis and she said that they tried EVERY bottle on the market. They tested flow and nipples and so forth.
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.
sunnygir1's Avatar sunnygir1 08:03 PM 08-15-2010
I don't remember what we used for dd but we are using Born Free with ds, and they're great. I honestly haven't tried anything else recently.
BlueLeaf's Avatar BlueLeaf 08:45 PM 08-15-2010
We tried several kinds, and settled on Dr Brown's wide necked bottles with low flow nipples. Tommee Tippee seemed gimicky, and it was hard to get the last of the milk out.
Knitting Mama 08:50 PM 08-15-2010
I wish I could tell you. Cecilia won't take any bottle, and we've tried all the ones you've listed and then some. I guess it's a good thing we decided I was quitting my job to stay home with her!
marinak1977's Avatar marinak1977 09:55 PM 08-15-2010
you don't have it as an option but Breastflow by the first years is awesome. It is designed to mimic nursing and my DS never had any problems going from to it from breast and back
Drummer's Wife's Avatar Drummer's Wife 09:58 PM 08-15-2010
ooh, I forgot about the breastflow bottles -I had those with my youngest, liked them a lot.
mommariffic's Avatar mommariffic 10:31 PM 08-15-2010
We use Dr Browns but I will say out of laziness, they are such a pain to clean and I am always misplacing the parts.

I also use WeilBaby bottles, which I do like. I got them at Whole Foods.
cileag's Avatar cileag 10:43 PM 08-15-2010
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.
kilamonster's Avatar kilamonster 10:57 PM 08-15-2010
We used the playtex drop in's. It was the only one he would ever take and we tried them all. It was also important for the bottle to be BPA free for us. We bought a bunch of the breastflow ones before he was born but he wouldn't take those and then we realized that they weren't BPA free so we got rid of all of them.
newmamalizzy's Avatar newmamalizzy 11:30 PM 08-15-2010
We use Medela or Medela nipples on Gerber bottles, which are far cheaper and threaded the same as Medela. DD had some trouble sucking on the nipple at first, but, then again, she had trouble sucking on anything and everything at first
tzs's Avatar tzs 11:52 PM 08-15-2010
i had a babe who refused bottles but i had the most success with the breastflow. nuk also makes a bottle which i had been meaning to try since she was using their pacifiers and the shape was the same.
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.
texmati's Avatar texmati 11:58 PM 08-15-2010
Originally Posted by clemrose View Post
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.
nextcommercial's Avatar nextcommercial 12:01 AM 08-16-2010
I like the Playtex drop ins. I like that when you push the air out, your baby can eat sitting up or whatever position he or she likes.
ladymeag's Avatar ladymeag 04:39 AM 08-16-2010
Originally Posted by cileag View Post
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.
JordanKX's Avatar JordanKX 05:39 AM 08-16-2010
I'm in the camp of... try them out; and that it depends on their age.
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".
2boyzmama's Avatar 2boyzmama 08:48 AM 08-16-2010
My first would take anything, just feed him!! LOL!

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.
P.J.'s Avatar P.J. 10:57 AM 08-16-2010
We've been using the Playtex Drop-Ins, which are BPA free. The nipple we have for it is very low-flow and really makes the baby work to get the milk out. DS still gulps it down in seconds though, lol! I pump into the Medela bottles (also BPA-free), and I'd like to get some nipples for those ones because my husband's been complaining that the Drop-Ins are too much work to prepare.
virgo's Avatar virgo 01:06 PM 08-16-2010
Thanks for the help. I guess it looks like it will be ultimately up to baby which bottle brand we will use. This is my first so I'm not yet used to NOT making all of the decisions.

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?
Knitting Mama 01:31 PM 08-16-2010
Are you planning on bottle feeding your baby full time, or just as a backup? I think it makes a difference; if you're not breast feeding, babies learn fairly quickly to use whatever nipple is in their mouth, because they don't know any differently. If you are going to breast feed, you don't have to worry about this quite yet, I think most people agree that you shouldn't start bottles for a couple of months, to develop a strong nursing relationship first (this is what I was taught at least).
virgo's Avatar virgo 03:31 PM 08-16-2010
I am planning to breastfeed until I have to return to work (6-8 weeks unless I get a client who will let me work from home) and then bottle feed during the day and breastfeed when I am home.
gypsyhips26's Avatar gypsyhips26 03:54 PM 08-16-2010
my LO (8 months old) seems to like the Breastflow bottles by 1st years (which was accidentally shoplifted by my 3 year old ) and the Adiri nursers, he really, really likes them, he chomps down on the nipple just like he does mine
akind1's Avatar akind1 04:48 PM 08-16-2010
We use anything glass (we have munchkin, dr brown, and evenflo) but DH likes the dr brown's best. All of these (standard size) work with my medela pump, and that was really important for us.

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.
virgo's Avatar virgo 12:05 AM 08-17-2010
^^ Great tip! I think I would prefer glass bottles so that is nice to know.
siennaflower's Avatar siennaflower 12:33 AM 08-17-2010
With dd2 we started with Avent, which is what dd1 preferred but that was a no go. We switched to Evenflo Purely Comfi after a recommendation from a friend and they worked great. They're BPA free and dd2 took to them immediately. I guess she wasn't a fan of wide mouth bottles.
tzs's Avatar tzs 12:45 AM 08-17-2010
i would also do a little asking as to when you should start introducing bottles. i followed everyones' advice of waiting 4 weeks or 6 weeks or whatever it is and by that time dd was so nipple non-confused that she wouldn't take anything. i finally had to resort to formula in a bottle because it was the only thing she would take from an artificial nipple (i guess if the nipple was fake the milk had to be fake too. who knows...)
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.
laughingfox's Avatar laughingfox 03:11 AM 08-17-2010
Born Free and Dr. Browns glass bottles contain internal plastic components that the milk has to pass through in order to leave the bottle. They may be glass, but they're not something to buy if you're trying to avoid plastics.
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.
november's Avatar november 03:24 AM 08-17-2010
We use the Playtex Drop-Ins and love them. Not exactly the most "green" option but it's what has always worked well for her so it's what I stick with. Even as a young baby, she never had problems with gas due to bottle feeding and I attribute a lot of that to the bottles.
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