Sundayssentials: Best Bottles for Breastfed babies

The quest to get my daughter to take a bottle took six months, about £300 and pretty much my sanity. I read every word on the web on the subject. I read every crank Netmums post, every advice page and every bottle review. I listened to peoples tips and recommendations. We have heard and tried them all. When it comes to bottles there are so many. It’s hard to know where to start and even harder to know where to go next when your baby rejects one.

So whether you plan on expressing milk or you need a well-earned break or even if you’ve done enough and it’s time for the baby to move on, here are my top four recommenations : Bottles for breastfed babies…


Mimijumi

“Mimijumi bottles have a 97% baby acceptance rate, so we’re confident that mimijumi is the best choice for you and your baby.”

It’s flesh coloured and vaguely resembles a boob – well not mine exactly but its the most ‘realistic’ breast-like bottle I’ve ever encountered! With natural colours, textures and forms, the Mimijumi baby bottle provides the perfect complement to breastfeeding and the best possible transition to bottle feeding.

This bottle, in theory, is genius. In practice, it didn’t quite work for us. At Five months old, Elsie knew the craic. Whilst it looks quite realistic the plastic is quite hard and she wasn’t having any of it. That isn’t to say it isn’t worth a try. I’ve heard lots of good reviews for this bottle and the stats speak for themselves.

Medela Calma

“Calma is an innovative feeding solution designed for breastfed babies.”

The benefit of the Calma is that it does not interfere with breastfeeding and lets your baby feed the way they learned at the breast, which makes switching from breast to Calma and back easy. This is a great bottle for avoiding nipple confusion but our daughter found it a bit tricky to master as she was very young (6 weeks) when we first tried it out.

NUK First choice

“NUK Orthodontic Teats simulate a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding which makes them particularly well accepted by babies who are both bottle and breastfed.”

The bottles feature the NUK First Choice+ Teat, which has been specially designed with an orthodontic shape and super soft zone which simulates a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding and perfectly adapts to baby’s sensitive palate.

 My mother-in-law had success with this bottle when my daughter was eight weeks old. She played about with the bottle a lot but eventually took 2 oz. She then refused the bottle again in the next morning when I returned. I think this bottle is well worth a try as you can test out silicon and latex teats.

Tommy tippee closer to nature

For us this was the winner…after rejecting bottles for four months we stopped trying and I continued to exclusively breastfeed. The baby then grew an extremely sharp tooth and, unable to carry on, we gave this bottle a go. The baby took to it with ease, demolishing a bottle of milk in minutes.

We haven’t looked back and we have stuck with this bottle.  The extra-wide Closer to Nature teat mimics the flex and stretch of a natural breast, making it easier than ever before to combine breast and bottle feeding.

Tommee Tipee have also have just introduced their new  Ultra which also looks like a pretty good shout if you are planning on moving from/between boob to bottle.

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