Question: What is the best bottle for a breastfeeding baby?
Answer: When you're looking for a bottle for your breastfeeding baby, you want to find a bottle that is as similar to the breast as possible. You'll want to find a bottle with a short nipple, wide base, and a slow flow. There are several great options when you're looking for a bottle for your breastfed baby, including the Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle and the Avent Natural Bottle.When my baby was breastfeeding, I really loved that I was able to leave him with my husband or a family member and not have to be back in time to feed him. It gave me so much flexibility and freedom to run a few errands without carrying that insanely heavy infant seat (you know what I'm talking about!) or to go out with my husband or a friend on Friday night. All of this added up to a much happier mama! And this was all made possible by the fact that he took a bottle! If you're going back to work, finding a bottle that works for your breastfeeding baby is even more important! In order to avoid nipple confusion, you'll want to find a bottle that feels like the breast. As I mentioned above, this means you'll want a short nipple, a wide base, and a slow flow. You'll also want to find a bottle with proper venting that limits how much air the baby takes in, limiting their chances of having colic or gas. And most experts agree that it's best to wait to introduce a bottle for the first few weeks, until you're both comfortable with breastfeeding, and your milk supply is established. For moms who will go back to work, it's best to introduce a bottle at least two weeks before you're returning to work. And since we all know every baby is different, you might want to try a couple different options and see what works best for you and your baby. Here are two mom-favorite (and most importantly baby-favorite) bottles for breastfeeding babies.
The Comotomo Natural Feel bottle is one of the most loved bottles for breastfeeding babies. They are also extremely clean because of their wide-neck design, and the fact that they don't have a lip on the inside. And since they're made out of silicone, they're a great option if you're trying to avoid plastic but aren't sure you want to risk breaking a glass bottle. The soft, squeezable bottle also features a silicone nipple that mimics breastfeeding, as well as leak-free vents designed to help prevent colic, making the breast-to-bottle-transition easier. And they're available to purchase separately in a 5-ounce, or an 8-ounce bottle, or in a 5-ounce double pack or an 8-ounce double pack.
The Avent Natural bottle is a great option if you're looking for a bottle for your breastfeeding baby and need something more economical. Their wide-neck design makes them easy to fill and to clean, and their ergonomic design is easy for parents and babies (when they're a little older) to hold. Made from BPA-free polypropylene, they are easy to sterilize. Most importantly, the nipple is soft and shaped like a breast to promote a comfortable latch, and twin valves prevent babies from swallowing extra air, reducing colic and gas. The Avent Natural bottle is available in a 4-ounce or a 9-ounce bottle.