We have talked about the best bottles for breastfed babies before and even had a real mom dilemma regarding the issue. Since those posts we have discovered even more bottles that are supposed to really mimic breastfeeding. We also had a sweet mama came to us for help last week via Facebook and since I have personally battled with this, we thought bottles for breastfed babies was a topic worth adding to.
Finding the right bottle can be a bit of a trial and error process and some mamas can spend a crazy amount of time and money trying them all out…trust me I have 10 different kinds of bottles. They say if you are breast feeding it is best to try a brand that is most like you but I discovered that most of the brands in my local stores did not fit that bill. Shortly before I went back to work we started experimenting with several options that I had received from baby showers (Medela, Dr.Browns, Avent, Playtex ventAire, etc)…nothing worked.
Finally the day came that I started back to work and Sydney went to daycare. I thought when she was forced to take a bottle she would. The next month was torture. She would drink maybe an ounce or two while she was there-I felt so guilty. After trying what felt little a million options we settled on the Playtex Drop Ins with a fast flow latex nipple with the milk very, very warm. Luckily bottle technology and design is improving all the time and there are some really great bottles on the market that are geared for breastfed babies.
Playtex Baby Drop-Ins (with latex nipple): I tried every fancy brand there was and this ended up being the bottle that worked best for Sydney. At first I was hesitent about these because it seemed like alot of maintence to have to constantly be buying the inserts however I find the trade off is the cleaning time is decreased since the nipple is the only part that needs to be cleaned after each use. The addition of the latex nipple (which are getting harder and harder to find) seemed the perfect combination for our little one.
Mimijumi Bottle: These very real looking bottles are designed with a dome shaped top which is supposed to help with the latching that breastfed babies are use to. It also features an angled top to most replicate a breastfeeding position. A downside to this bottle is that some mamas say that the nipple itself is sort of hard but overall it seems like a viable option (if you can get over the embarassment factor).
Yoomi bottle with Warmer: This bottle option is on the more expensive side but if you take into account that it comes with a warmer, then it could be a perfect option for you. The Yoomi has a shorter silcone nipple with a honeycomb heating element that heats the milk to body temperture as it passes through. This is a great option for busy on the go moms since no battery pack or asking for hot water is needed.
Adiri Bottle: I love the look of these bottles. The breast-shaped nipple is super soft to the touch and the design features a bottom twist fill. It comes with a longer then most cap that covers almost the entire bottle. One major complaint these bottles have received is the large amount of leaking that is associated with them. However, for babies that have really taken to them the leaking seems to be less of an issue but one worth mentioning nonetheless.
Comotomo Bottle: The Comotomo bottle features a wide nipple area that is intended to make contact with babies face, much like breastfeeding. The bottle is flexible and can be gently squeezed to provide a varied flow and is easy to hold for both mama and baby.
Finding the right bottle is just one of the keys to getting your little one to take a bottle when mom is away. In going through this process when I returned to work we discovered that Sydney really enjoyed her milk warmer then you would think would be comfortable- borderline hot but it worked. We also are very lucky in that we have a very patient in home daycare provider that was able to work with her and make her feel as relaxed and nurtured as possible. I really feel thses two things in addition to the right bottle has gotten us through our time away.
What sort of bottle worked for your little ones? Or do you have any tips that could help other mamas out there?