There’s a reason baby bottles serve a very important purpose.
Medical professionals will tell you that breastfeeding your baby is best. There’s no doubting it. 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 breastfeeding to bottle-feeding: 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.
We searched high and low for bottles that not only mimic the same flow, flexibility, and comfort that mom can provide, but also for bottles that ensure a stress-free cleaning experience for you. We looked at price, bottle durability, and just how many pieces it requires to put together one bottle. Some require a PhD to assemble them. So these are worth your consideration.
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.
Pros: Perry Mackin’s baby bottles have a leak-proof, bacteria-resistant joint system with no glue and the interior of each bottle is made from food-grade silicone. The bottle’s soft silicone nipple closely mimics breastfeeding and helps with switching between breast and bottle.
Cons: The bottles are on the larger side (and they’re wide, too), so they not fit bottle pockets in diaper bags.
This tried and true brand gets top marks for its slow-flow nipple.
This tried and true brand gets top marks for its slow-flow nipple.
Pros: 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.
Cons: The nipples and bottles have a tendency to leak.
The Comotomo offers a unique experience that focuses on your baby’s hands. It’s the only squeezable bottle on this list and with a silicone cover, it’s meant to give baby a more natural feel when eating. Plus, it has one the widest neck, making cleaning a breeze.
Pro: Comotomo breastfeeding baby bottle promotes a 100 percent leak-free bottle without the use of any additional nipple caps because the brand knows every drop counts.
Con: It won’t break the bank, but at $14 each, it’s not the cheapest either.
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. Every bottle comes with an anti-colic valve too, to prevent unwanted air when baby sucks.
Pro: Pumping power. The more your baby presses up against the bottle, the more milk the baby gets. It’s like the breastfeeding baby bottle is doing two jobs at once. And the anti-colic valve reduces gassiness and fussiness.
Con: The added colic valve could put this bottle in the “too many parts” department for some, but it can also be an added “must have” part for others. Especially those with fussy kids. You know who you are. And we feel your pain.
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.
Pro: These breastfeeding baby bottles are meant to warm up faster than the average baby bottle. Not just because you’re in a rush to feed a fussy baby, but to protect the nutrients in mom’s milk. Plus, the Nanobebe is an award-winning baby bottle for its innovative design. It’s kind of hard to reinvent the wheel, but Nanobebe did.
Con: Because of its wider base, the Nanobebe may not fit in traditional baby bottle holders in or on diaper bags or within a stroller bottle holder. Considering the innovation behind this bottle, it worth the inconvenience if your baby latches on to this bottle.
With a focus on engineering and function, MAM has been soothing babies for more than 40 years. Founded originally in Switzerland, MAM makes great baby bottles and some of the best soothers and pacifiers out there too.
Pro: 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. A two-pack goes for $15, making it the most affordable option in terms of breastfed baby bottles.
Con: Because this breastfeeding baby bottle has two openings, beware of possible leaks. After all, no one likes spilled milk.
This is a perpetual favorite bottle among parents, and it's easy to see why. They're easy to clean and don't require an advanced degree to take apart.
Pro: You can hold this bottle three ways, suiting everyone’s specific feeding needs. Plus, it’s shaped like a nipple, so there’s very little confusion. And speaking of the nipple, it has an anti-colic valve.
Cons: The printing on the breastfeeding baby bottles can wear off in the dishwasher, so hand-washing is preferred for these, say parents. Which means more work for you.
Like others on this list, the Lansinoh was designed specifically for breastfed babies. Parents approve of the wide neck, which makes for easier cleaning, and the short nipple, which reduces gagging.
Pros: The Lansinoh breastfeeding baby bottles are compatible with all Lansinoh breast pumps. Simply use one bottle to pump, store and feed breastmilk, which saves you time, effort and equipment. Parents love that this bottle promotes a natural latch, and has few parts to take apart and clean.
Cons: If you have a different breast pump, you’re out of luck, unless you buy an adapter.
This nipple has natural texture for a seamless transition between the breast and bottle. The combined nipple and venting system reduces colic. Replacement nipples are available in two different flow rates: slow and medium, depending on what you and your baby prefer.
Pros: Because of its design, this nipple mimics a mother’s breast, helping to create a more seamless feeding and latching experience for your baby. All the bottles are latex-free.
Cons: Some parents don’t like the color of the nipple.
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