Hi, I am 31 weeks pregnant with my first child and am hoping to breastfeed, but know that just in case things dont work out like I hope, I also need to have some bottles bought for when the babies born.
I wanted to know which bottle brand you would recommend, Avent or Tommee Tippee? Or are there other brands out there that I havent even considered?
I agree with AA, but when its 2am and the baby is screaming, you're shattered and for whatever reason, BF isn't happening it is useful to have another option. You don't have to give formula.....you could build up a supply of expressed milk to give. Despite what everyone says, I expressed from Day 1 in hospital and it all worked out fine, didn't affect DD's ability to BF at all. FWIW, I found Tommy Tippee Closer to Nature bottles the best. Good luck!
honestly, the shops don't close just because you've had a baby. it's one of the greatest marketing myths, that you have to be 'ready'. you don't. that's what you have friends and lovers and mothers and fathers for, to rush out to the supermarket.
in the event, though, then tommee tippee are now doing non-pcb (is it pcb? something like that) as standard, which is good. basically they're not leaching chemicals into the formula any more.
(and if that doesn't encourage you to bf, what will?)
agree TOTALLY about knowing the name of local BFC etc etc in advance, and making sure that your partner is on board. it can be tough goinig those first few weeks, but as someone who bf exc for a while but never quite cracked it, the difference between going out armed with bottles and powder containers and thermal bags etc and going out armed with your tits is enormous. lord i wish i could do that again...
Unless you want to express milk, you don't need bottles at all. It can be useful to have one or two with a pump in case you need to express in the early weeks but other than that, better to buy them when you need them.
I really think all bottles are much of a muchness and it's what your baby prefers/which ones are cheaper/what is on offer.
OP - I did the same, wanted to BF but bought some supplies just incase. I also found the TT Closer to Nature ones are the best but we had to switch to Dr Browns for s time as he had alot of wind and these seemed to help for a while. We're back on the TT ones now.
thanks all. Buying the bottles beforehand was with a view to express, not turn to formula.
Plus babys are us have a good offer on at the moment for sets of bottles plus a steraliser (sp?) . I was veering towards the TT because of the BFA free thing, but everyone i know that has kids use avent...