The Best Baby Bottles for Breastfed Infants
When moving from breast to bottle, these are the top picks you should try.
The best baby bottles for breastfed babies give nursing moms a break. Medical professionals will tell you that breastfeeding your baby is best. But despite your best intentions, sometimes it just doesn’t work, and you choose to feed your baby with a bottle. And there’s a bonus to transitioning from (or toggling between) breastfeeding to bottle-feeding your newborn: The other parent can split dinner duties and help out with nighttime feedings. More shut-eye is a win-win for everyone.
Still, if you are nursing and find it’s time to switch a baby to a bottle, it may not always be an easy transition. Thankfully, baby bottles have come a long way from the basic offerings of yesteryear. You want bottles that not only mimic the same flow, flexibility, and comfort that mom can provide, but are easy to clean and don’t require a PhD to assemble them.
No, these don't look like your everyday baby bottles, and that's by design. You literally have a one-and-done situation here, letting you collect, store, prepare, and feed using a single disposable breastmilk storage bag. The bag goes inside the bottle-shape and the nipple goes on top. The brand's so-called 'active latch nipple' teaches infants to embrace deep, wide latching, thus easing the transition between the bottle and the breast.
It’s all about the shape. Nanobebe created an entire bottle to look just like a breast. Plus, they’re stackable to maximize fridge space! Also, the bottles are made with mom in mind, as every bottle comes with an adapter to plug right into a breast pump, so you don’t have transfer milk after every pumping session.
The nipple on this baby bottle is off-center by design: It allows for continuous flow as well as upright feeding and minimizes residual liquid. The design of the nipple mimics that of the breast, thus reducing nipple confusion. The silicone bottles are easy to clean, as well, thanks to their wide necks.
These glass baby bottles withstand extreme temps, meaning you can boil them or freeze them. These baby bottles have what they call an anti-colic valve for more even flow of milk and nipples that are made of all-natural Italian rubber. The nipple itself more closely resembles the feel of a mother's nipple when nursing.
Not only are these bottles stackable, which is a brilliant design and storage idea. But when the baby outgrows the bottle, it turns into a storage container or a water bottle. And when used as a bottle, the off-center teat allows your baby to feed in the natural upright position.
These beautiful bottles were specifically designed to mimic breastfeeding to reduce any bottle rejection. They're made of food-grade silicone and have an ultra-wide neck, making them easier to clean. There's also an anti-colic vent that prevents unwanted air intake.
This tried and true brand gets top marks for its slow-flow nipple. This baby bottle for breastfed babies features a wide, soft, flexible, silicone nipple that promotes natural latch on, so its fairly seamless to combine with breastfeeding and reduces nipple confusion.
Your baby is bound to squirm during a feeding. Munchkin understands that, so they created a bottle that flexes and bends to your baby’s movements maintaining a proper latch during every feed. The more your baby presses up against the bottle, the more milk the baby gets. Every bottle comes with an anti-colic valve too, to prevent unwanted air when baby sucks.
Founded originally in Austria, MAM makes great baby bottles and some of the best soothers and pacifiers out there too. The MAM bottle has a soft nipple, colic reduction, wide openings (in this case, two wide openings!), ease of air flow for baby, and patented tech, but the best thing about this bottle is its price.
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