best bottles for breastfed babies

Top 10 Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies

Top 10 Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies

Nipple confusion. I remember thinking that if I heard those two words one more time I would scream.

Nurses in the hospital acted like it was the big bad wolf. Attachment parenting books made it sound like the world would come crashing down if your baby took a bottle — even once — because he would never ever latch to a human breast ever again.

I call bullshit.

But, even so, there are certain bottles that are best for breastfed babies. If you’re doubting whether you even need to bottle feed, ever…

  • Bottles allow someone else to feed your baby. Even if you breastfeed exclusively, you can express your milk so that dad (or whoever) can give you a break. It's a win-win situation: dad and baby get to bond and you finally get to have a shower, brush your hair, eat something and maybe feel human again! 😉
  • It's convenient for when you're out and about There's definitely no shame in breastfeeding in public – it's the most natural thing in the world. But sometimes it’s not the most comfortable thing.
  • It gives you a little bit of freedom. Having a bottle for expressed feeds or supplementing with formula means someone can watch baby while you catch your breath – without the worry of missing a feed.

How To Choose A Bottle For Your Breastfed Baby

Ask any breastfeeding mom – babies love the boob and are super picky when it comes to bottles. Bottle feeding your breastfed baby is complicated, to say the least and there are a few things you should keep in mind:

Don't start too early

Despite my hatred of the term, it turns out nipple confusion is probably only a real thing if you introduce the bottle too soon (before 2-4 weeks). Allow your baby to master proper latching technique first. No matter how “natural” the bottle’s nipple is, it still isn't your breast.

But don't start too late, either
Don’t wait too long before introducing the bottle. Many older babies refuse to take a bottle, much to the frustration of moms who were only following the advice mentioned above.

So when should you start? This varies from baby to baby, but the general consensus is not before 2-4 weeks (to avoid nipple confusion) and no later than 6 weeks (or your baby will likely reject the bottle). So, week 5! Check.

Now that you know when to start, take a look at a few factors that could potentially make or break your bottle feeding endeavors:

Nipple shape: The closer the shape is to an actual breast, the better your chance of success. Nipples designed for breastfed babies are usually wider and more, well, breast-like (articulate, I know).

Nipple texture: Real boobs have areolas, and when you're breastfeeding, these aren't smooth. Bumps and grooves allow your baby to latch and stay latched more easily. A softer textured nipple may help, too.

Flow: When breastfeeding, your baby has to work for a let-down and continue to work thereafter, as well. If the bottle’s flow is too fast, it could overwhelm or gag your baby.

After you take a moment to digest all that information (it's a lot to take in all at once, I know), check these great options for breastfed babies.

The Top 10 Best Bottles For Breastfed Babies in 2017


Kiinde Squeeze (Breast Milk Storage Set)

Popularity:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Flow:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Not technically a bottle, but this set is absolute GENIUS. Think of it as everything you'll ever need as a breastfeeding/bottle feeding mom. The idea is that you pump directly into the bag, which then fits into a bottle “shell”. The best part? This set comes with pump adapters that fit all major pump brands and nipples, so if your baby doesn't like Kiinde nipple (which most babies do), you can attach a nipple from a wide range of leading brands. This starter kit includes 20 pouches, all major pump/nipple adapters, 1 breastmilk organizer, 2 bottles, 3 nipples of varying flow + cover and 2 nipple brushes. Wow.

Pros

  • You won't find a more versatile product.
  • Collapsing pouch mean no air in baby's bottle.
  • Easy to use and clean.
  • Recyclable bags.
  • Complete solution for breastfeeding moms.

Cons

  • Bottle itself is large.
  • Can be difficult to gauge exact measurements using pouches.
Comotomo Baby Bottle

Popularity:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Price:2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Design:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Flow:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Average:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Yup, you know it – I love this bottle and so do thousands of breastfeeding moms. A little pricey, but the innovative design closely resembles breastfeeding and babies sure seem to love it!

Pros

  • Silicone bottle allows you squeeze at the start of a feed to mimic let-down.
  • Dual air vents reduce Colic and gas.
  • Natural feel that babies love.
  • No harmful chemicals.
  • Simple, wide design that's easy to assemble and clean.

Cons

  • Pricier than some.
  • Silicone takes longer to heat feeds.
  • Wide design makes for a tight fit in diaper bag pockets.
Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle

Popularity:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Flow:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

Another popular option amongst breastfeeding moms, specifically designed for breastfed babies. This a worthwhile bottle to try if you have a choosy baby.

Pros

  • Most breastfed babies love it.
  • BPA-free.
  • Flexible nipple.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Some users complain the flow is too fast.
  • A handful of users feel the ventilation system isn't good enough.
Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle

Popularity:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Design:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Flow:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

If you're looking for a glass bottle for your breastfed baby, this is probably the best option. A wide, textured nipple helps your baby to latch while the slow flow milk release feels like mom’s.

Pros

  • Glass = chemical free
  • Slow flow familiar to breastfeed babies.
  • Textured nipple and wide shape for improved latch.
  • Decent ventilation system.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Some users complain of leaky seals.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature

Popularity:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Flow:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

Featuring a wide, textured nipple to help baby transition from breast to bottle, an easy to clean design and a simple ventilation system, it isn't hard to see why this brand has a loyal following.

Pros

  • BPA free.
  • Wide, textured nipple.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Decent ventilation system.

Cons

  • Wide design is a tight squeeze in some diaper bag pockets.
  • Some users complain that the nipple occasionally collapses.
NUK Simply Natural

Popularity:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Design:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Flow:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

Some breastfed babies love this unique nipple design and some can't stand it. Although this nipple has been specially designed for breastfed babies, it’s still pretty close to the original, but wider and more textured. Definitely worth a shot!

Pros

  • Anti-colic air system.
  • BPA-free.
  • Multiple nipple holes resembles breastmilk flow.
  • Some babies really do love these nipples.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Some users report leaks from anti-colic air valve.
  • For some babies, the flow is too fast.
Adiri NxGen Newborn Nurser

Popularity:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Price:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Design:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Flow:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

This expensive option resembles the real deal pretty closely. If you've tried a million bottles without any luck, this one might do the trick, but be warned – it is an expensive option.

Pros

  • Soft silicone nipple that resembles mom’s.
  • Many fussy babies are happy with this bottle.
  • BPA-free.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Some users report leaks.
Mimijumi Not So Hungry Baby Bottle

Popularity:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Price:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Design:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Flow:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

Super expensive, but for some frustrated moms this realfeel Bottle is a lifesaver!

Pros

  • BPA free.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Integrated venting system.
  • Closely resembles breastfeeding.

Cons

  • Expensive!
  • Some moms feel the nipple is too long.
  • Some users report leaks.
Playtex Baby Nurser Baby Bottle With Drop-Ins

Popularity:2.2 out of 5 stars (2.2 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Design:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Flow:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

Convenient paired with thoughtful design – bring it on! Drop in disposable liners mean you spend less time washing bottles and your baby swallows less air.

Pros

  • Super convenient.
  • Collapsing drop-ins mean baby swallows less air.
  • Affordable.
  • Textured nipple designed for breastfed babies.

Cons

  • Some moms say bottom of bottles warp in bottle warmers.
  • A few babies have a hard time latching onto these nipples.
Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set

Popularity:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Design:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Flow:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Average:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

Perfect for storing expressed breastmilk, especially when paired with a Medela Breast Pump. Too bad the actual feeding design isn't all that spectacular.

Pros

  • Great for storage.
  • BPA free.

Cons

  • Fast nipple flow.
  • No venting system.
  • Users report that the nipples collapse.
  • Nipples aren't really designed for breastfed babies.

Convincing a breastfed baby to take a bottle can be absolute torture, I know. Don't give up though – there are so many well designed options out there and you're bound to find one that works for your baby eventually and when you do, you'll never look back!

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