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Bottle recommendations for (hopefully) EBM for newborn?

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ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 19:27:49

I'm hoping to breast feed and also to express so that DH can share the load/joy of feeding the baby when he or she arrives.

There seem to be loads of different bottles out there - does anyone have any recommendations of which to use? Or perhaps it's just best to get the basic Boots set or whatever and see how it goes?

whyno Thu 25-Jul-13 19:29:48

Dr Browns are the best for avoiding colic / wind in my experience. I tried a few.

scoutfinch1 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:40:27

As you say for newborn are you aware that the advice is to not introduce a bottle until breastfeeding is established at around 6-8 weeks.

Have also heard good things about Dr Browns.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 19:46:37

Scout yes, thanks, I'm aware of that. I'm just thinking ahead and if, in the early days, I need to give EBM for whatever reason I'll be prepared with a few bottles on hand just in case.

stargirl1701 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:51:40






Avent Natural?


Tommee Tippee?

Vital Baby Nuture?

Lansinoh mOmma?

Playtex Vent Aire?

Dr Brown's?

We were told DD had colic. We tried a lot of bottles grin She actually had silent reflux which was unaffected by bottle type!

I would suggest buying six bottles - all of different types - and seeing which one your LO latches onto best.

VeniVidiVino Thu 25-Jul-13 19:57:24

I got Tommee Tippee ones for DD, introduced them with EBM at 6 weeks and she took to them easily. I would recommend buying one type at a time - you may find he/she likes the first one you try!

stargirl1701 Thu 25-Jul-13 21:21:39


We used this one too.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 21:24:14

Stargirl you're just confusing me now grin

stargirl1701 Thu 25-Jul-13 21:51:47


StuckOnARollercoaster Thu 25-Jul-13 23:31:59

I was given mam bottles and use them. (the tommee tippee bottle that came with my hand pump I wasn't as keen on as the flow seemed too fast for Dr)

NaturalBaby Thu 25-Jul-13 23:33:11

Nuk or Mam, but I got an Avent pump so used those to start with.

MigGril Fri 26-Jul-13 07:51:54

Are you aware that you shouldn't introduce a bottle before 4 Weeks. There are lots of other ways your partner can help share the load and care for your baby. Nappy changes, giving baby a bath, baby massage and getting up in the night to give baby to you to feed. Also if you are going to give a bottle you will need to be expressing at that time in order to keep up your supply in the early days at least. As going long gaps between feeds can impact on your supply.
Many make the mistake of dad doing the late night feed while you sleep, but night feeds are vital for supply and often it's better if they give one early evening or in the morning from that point of view.

plannedshock Fri 26-Jul-13 07:56:34

I use the medela ones never had an issue and you can use the same teats forever, not fast/slow release.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Fri 26-Jul-13 07:59:15

MigGril yes, as already mentioned above, I am aware if that.

Have you got any recommendations or did you did just post to lecture me? hmm

Thanks for all the other recommendations. It looks like lots of different views, so we will try a few and see.

whyno Fri 26-Jul-13 07:59:26

Just to buck the trend and give an alternative experience, although I realise its not the official one. My DH did a bottle most nights from week 2 at 10pm and it was all fine re supply and no nipple confusion. I still managed to breastfeed for 9 months.

Also I have 2 friends who did same thing without problems. Interestingly have never actually come across someone who had a negative experience with it in real life although there must be to warrant the advice I know.

Anyway don't worry too much about it.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Fri 26-Jul-13 08:03:34

Thanks why

I just want to be prepared if, for example, my poor boobs need a break for one feed or whatever.

There's all sorts of shoulds, but as you say, none of the people I've spoken to in RL have had an issue.

fflonkl Fri 26-Jul-13 08:08:38

I gave my dd EBM from 3 weeks using Medela bottles. The Medela Calma teat works well for her as it makes her suckle as if she's breastfeeding, and she's never had nipple confusion.

She's now 18 weeks and I'm doing mixed feeds using the same bottles/teats with no problems.

Good luck!

itsonlysubterfuge Fri 26-Jul-13 08:43:38

I used Tommee Tippee, but my daughter found even the smallest teat too fast of a flow. We switched to Avent and she liked those, her grandma fed her with Dr. Brown bottles which she also used just fine.

Also, I mixed fed my daughter from the beginning and she was almost exclusively formula fed for a little while. Now at 12 months, she is exclusively breastfed and has been since around 8 months.

AidanTheRevengeNinja Fri 26-Jul-13 09:23:07

I used an Avent bottle and it was fine - it came with the handheld Avent pump I got for about £18 from Amazon which was brilliant. It's worth getting one that coordinates with your pump to save you having to decant it and extra washing up.

I gave EBM from week 1 (initially had to pump and give bottles for my baby, and then just gave it when I had to go out alone). No problems with nipple confusion, although he is a staunch bottle refuser now! Like you, I don't know anyone who had problems in real life if the baby only had one bottle maximum a day - most babies seem to prefer breast given the choice, if this is the main way they receive milk.

I would say though that expressing and bottle feeding and everything that goes with it (washing fiddly pump bits and teats, sterilising, storing EBM) is a big old faff - so only do it if it will help YOU, and don't be pressured by anyone else who wants to have a go feeding the baby. I did find it a godsend to be able to nip out occasionally to do things I couldn't take the baby to (I was finishing a course, also just nipping to the shops quickly, getting my hair cut, that sort of thing). A good tip I was given was to put your DH in charge of washing and sterilising the pump and bottles if you are using it - makes life much easier.

Good luck! smile

Mouserama Sat 03-Aug-13 17:36:31

I use Dr Brown bottles. First gave the bottle at 3 weeks and 4 days. For the first few weeks, I gave one bottle a day (to make sure DD didn't forget how the feed from bottles). She's never had a problem and will happily feed from breast and bottle. My midwife said to introduce bottle between 3 and 5 weeks. Any sooner can cause them to reject the breast, and later and they can refuse the bottle. Hope this helps!

Sparklesandglitter Sat 03-Aug-13 18:49:05

MAM anti colic - and no need for a steriliser as they "self sterilise" in the microwave too

GreatSoprendo Sat 03-Aug-13 18:59:36

I think you are right to think ahead.

My 16 week old DS is BF but has an EBM bottle every day or so (now we have got over his bottle refusal issues!) using the Dr Browns anti-colic bottles. They are a pita to clean but I got them when he was v small and v colicky and think they did help. He doesn't have colic now but didn't seem keen when I tried to move him over to Avent bottles so we are stuck with them for now!

milkyjo Sat 03-Aug-13 19:46:55

Start with cheapy ones from supermarket, we always got the wide neck ones. Most teats are interchangeable ( as in boots, tesco, etc). You could end up spending a fortune!

calopene Sat 03-Aug-13 20:04:49

Expressing is one big nightmare - don't do it ! Nipple confusion/messing up your supply etc Join La Leche League and you will understand better how it works. Enjoy !

dannyboyle Sat 03-Aug-13 20:09:08

Dr browns recommended here! Tried Avent and hopeless, have both children wind.

We did a lot of expressing here and ended up with an oversupply of milk due to regular expressing sessions. Good luck.

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