Best Baby Bottles for Breastfed Babies
My second little man is now nearly 3 months old, and as both of my boys have been breastfed, finding a bottle to use to feed them expressed milk led to me heavily researching the best baby bottles for breastfed babies. Luckily my little boys have both taken to the first bottles that I tried with them so I can’t say I’ve tried them all, but all of these bottles come with recommendations from breastfeeding friends.
I have actually tried the Medela bottle with the Calma teat with my second son, as I started to become frustrated with expressing with my Medela breast pump into a Medela bottle, and then having to transfer the milk into our other bottles. It meant I was sterilising double the amount of bottles that I needed to after all!
The Calma teat has been designed specifically for breastfed babies. It’s made of a soft silicone, and the flow mimics what happens during breastfeeding. What I’ve found this to mean is that the baby has to suck really hard, like they would on a breast, but then when the milk flows out, it does come out quite quickly. The teat is also anti colic, so you shouldn’t find your baby has trapped wind whilst using it.
Unfortunately my little guy didn’t take to it, probably just because he had already been using another bottle for a few weeks and I was just trying to change something that wasn’t broken for my own convenience!
MAM Self Sterilising Anti-Colic
Another anti-colic bottle which breastfed babies seem to get on well with is this bottle from MAM. I think the reason behind this is that the teat of the bottle is fairly short, making them more realistic to the size of their mother’s nipples.
One great feature of this bottle is that you don’t need a separate steriliser, as when the bottle is dismantled you simply pop some water into the base and then microwave like that. When you’re breastfeeding and only need to sterilise a bottle here and then, you will appreciate not needing a huge steriliser which hogs your kitchen counter.
Yoomi Feeding System
Yoomi is a truly innovative product in that it instantly heats breastmilk straight out of the fridge to the perfect drinking temperature. You need to pre “charge” the heating pod by microwaving or boiling it, and then when the time comes that you wish to use the milk you simply click the button on the pod and it begins to discharge the heat and is ready to use in 30 seconds. As you hold the bottle to feed the baby, the milk flows over the heating pod, and is delivered to your baby at a lovely 32-34°C.
For me, having a breastfed baby means that when they are hungry, they need to be fed right now. Breastfed babies are not used to having to wait 10 minutes for the milk to warm up, and so having a bottle that does the job so quickly takes away some of the pain of knowing your baby is crying because they are hungry.
The whole bottle has been designed with breastfeeding in mind. It is anti colic with silicone soft teats, and a range of slow flow options suitable for breastfed babies.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles come in two variations, the standard type, and then these anti colic vented bottles. We have used both bottles, and find that the anti colic ones definitely help to reduce wind, so I’m choosing to recommend them here. One problem that we did encounter is that the teats can leak a little on the Advanced Comfort bottle, but we never had that problem with the standard bottles. I guess you can weigh up whether you would prefer to have a bit of a leaky bottle (easily sorted by placing a muslin under the bottle when you are feeding), or a baby with trapped wind keeping you awake at night.
The Tommee Tippee bottles come in a fairly unique shape, and the idea behind it is that the wide teat closely resembles the shape of a breast. Babies therefore can have a nice wide latch on the teat, and this means that a baby won’t get confused if switching from breast to bottle.
Both of my boys went through fussy phases where they wouldn’t take a bottle, but I always managed to get them back onto the Tommee Tippee bottles with a bit of perseverance. They’re also much cheaper than the other bottles on this list, so if you’re looking for something for a first try, these are worth a shot.
The four bottles I’ve suggested above are just a few of the baby bottles available on the market, and it’s well known that breastfed babies can be fussy little beings.
One thing I will say from experience is that if your baby has accepted a bottle at some point, and then stops taking a bottle, then switching to different brands is unlikely to solve your problem. Your best bet is to stick with one type of bottle and persevere.
If you haven’t yet tried to offer your breastfed baby a bottle, then I highly recommend you start with one of the above bottles.
I hope this article helps you to find a suitable baby bottle for your breastfed baby. If you have any other questions or suggestions of different bottles, please comment below as I’m sure myself and my readers would love to hear some other success stories!