Choosing the Best Baby Bottle for Breastfed Babies
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As a mom of 4 who has both breastfed and formula fed, I know choosing a bottle for breastfed babies can be especially overwhelming. Following the birth of my first, I realized it was important to me that my husband was also able to also take part in feeding our new little one. But I also wanted to be able to continue breastfeeding her myself. So I set off to find the best bottle for breastfed babies.
I remember standing in the bottle aisle feeling overwhelmed by all the choices – glass vs. plastic, wide nipples vs. narrow nipples, fast flow vs. slow flow, etc. I wanted a bottle that was easy to keep clean and that my new little one would be able to take without any issues, so I did what a lot of new parents do – I bought one of each bottle. #regret
Fast-forward 3 babies later, and I was recently standing in the same aisle buying bottles for baby #4. While there’s still the same massive amount of bottle choices – each claiming to be the best—this time I had experience on my side. Choosing the best baby bottle for my breastfed baby was a no-brainer because I have used the same bottle set for all my little ones before – Philips Avent Natural Newborn Glass Starter Sets (Available at Walmart – $74.99)
This Mom of 4’s Favourite Philip Avent Products
Philip Avent has both glass and plastic bottles. I prefer the Philips Avent Natural glass bottles myself. The Philips Avent Natural Newborn Glass Starter Set has 5 Philip Avent natural glass bottles, a glass bottle sleeve, and 2 of the Soothie silicone pacifiers (0-3m). It’s such a great starter pack for parents who are combining the breast and bottle. I loved the Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers included in that starter set, I packed them in my hospital bag for all 4 of my babies. You can purchase them separately at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other major retailers – $6.49.
But, if you’re looking for a pacifier that’s a little bit more lightweight for your newborn, check out the Philips Avent Newborn Pacifier sets. Not only do they come in adorable designs, but they also come with a very handy cap that helps keep the pacifier clean. That cap makes it perfect for bringing along in the diaper bag. These lightweight pacifiers are made for little newborn mouths (perfect for 0-2 months) and are Orthodontic and BPA-Free. Like the Philip Avent Natural glass bottles, the Philips Avent Newborn Pacifier sets are super easy to clean. Simply put them in your sterilizer or submerge in boiling water.
5 Tips to Choose the Best Baby Bottle for Breastfed Babies
I have learned a lot about choosing the best baby bottle for breastfed babies since having my first. Today I’m going to share some tips I’ve learned over the years for choosing the right baby bottle. While I can’t help with those 3AM feedings (I did my time), I can share what I’ve learned over the years help to make feeding your little one as smooth as possible.
1. Glass vs. Plastic
While this is more of a personal choice, I tend to lean towards glass bottles. All Philips Avent bottles are BPA free, so even if you choose plastic you can do so without worrying about harsh chemicals. If you choose glass though, Philips Avent Natural glass bottles are heat and thermal shock resistant and come with a glass bottle sleeve, which helps to insulate the milk (warm or cool) and make the bottle shock resistant. I also love the Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer – it makes heating baby bottles quick and easy.
Pro Tip: The Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer not only heats up thawed breast milk in 3 minutes, but it also has a very handy defrost setting and a special setting that keeps milk at the perfect temperature so it’s ready when you need it. The Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer is specifically designed to gradually warm breast milk without disturbing the quality of the milk itself. You can also use the Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer to evenly warm baby food as well. It’s Available at at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other major retailers – $49.99 CAD.
2. Easy to Clean
Bottles that are easy to keep clean are important to any parent feeding with bottles. Philips Avent Natural glass bottles don’t have tiny little pieces to clean and have a wide neck, which makes keeping your little one’s bottle clean much easier. All of Philip Avent bottles are dishwasher safe and easy to sterilize.
3. Nipple Shape
Wide nipples are your new best friend if you’re a parent who is choosing to combine breast and bottle feeding. Philip Avent’s wide breast shaped Natural newborn and slow flow nipples promote a latch similar to mom’s breast. Their line of Natural nipples also have a spiral design with unique comfort petals, which promotes a more natural feed without nipple collapse.
4. Nipple Flow
Nipple flow is almost as important as nipple shape, especially for breastfed babies. Breastfed babies are used to having to work at getting the milk out of mom’s breast. Choosing a slow-flow nipple (try the Philip Avent Natural newborn and slow flow nipples) will make changing between breast to bottle easier on your baby. Philip Avent Natural nipples have numbers right on their nipples, which makes choosing the right flow easy for parents.
Pro Tip: A set of 2 Natural newborn nipples and a set of Natural slow flow nipples come in the Philips Avent Natural Newborn Glass Starter Set
As a mom of four, I know how hard it can be to have a gassy baby. You feel so helpless as your little one tries to work through the discomfort that comes with trapped gas in a little belly. There isn’t much we parents can do for gas pain except to help prevent it, and that starts at feeding time. Philip Avent’s Natural glass bottles have a unique anti-colic Airflex vent technology built into the Natural nipples. They are designed to reduce colic and discomfort by venting air away from baby’s tummy.
Do you have any more tips to chose the best baby bottle for breastfed babies? Share them below!