The best bottles for breastfed babies don’t cause nipple confusion, closely mimic breastfeeding and is something that your baby don’t refuse to use!
You know the health benefits of breastfeeding your baby, but it’s still a good idea to keep a few bottles on hand. You may need to supplement with expressed breast milk or formula at some point, and you may want to pump breast milk to allow other caregivers to feed the baby. The idea of building a breast milk stash for emergencies, vacations, and other situations may appeal to you as well.
Just remember that all baby’s have preferences (just like us adults!) What works for one baby may NOT work for another even if they are related! If one type of bottle does not work for you, try another from this list. Even if it takes a little trial and error, you will find one that baby loves and these are the ones we think are the best choices to give a try.
Our Top 10 Choices for the Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies:
What are the best bottles for breastfed babies? We tracked down 10 of them to make it easy for you to find the perfect bottle for your little one’s needs.
If there is a bottle that can reduce the chances of nipple confusion or rejection, this is probably it. The sleek, modern design is fun to look at and hold, but the wide, rounded shape also makes the bottle easier to clean. The nipples are created with a much wider, fuller shape than your traditional bottle nipple, so they will closely mimic the feel of a woman’s natural nipple. The nipple is also ventilated to reduce colic and digestive discomfort.
This is also one of the most convenient baby bottles available because it’s safe for the microwave, the dishwasher, and the sterilizer. You don’t need a bottle brush to clean it efficiently, and it can safely hold boiling water if needed for your cleaning process.
If you’re worried that your baby will experience more gas or may spit up and cry more after feeding with a bottle, this is potentially one of the best bottles on the market right now. It’s designed with a unique ventilation system that eliminates the vacuum that is typically created by traditional bottle designs. Your baby should inhale less air, which may reduce colic and digestive discomfort after feeding.
This set is designed for newborns. It includes three 8-ounce bottles and two 5-ounce bottles. If there is a downside to the set, it’s the inclusion of only two nipples and bottle caps. You do get a free bottle washer with the set.
A mother’s milk naturally comes out of the breast warm, but breast milk that has been refrigerated and then briefly warmed under hot water is more on the cool side. The longer your baby bottle feeds, the cooler that milk becomes if you aren’t using the Yoomi bottle. These bottles come with a warmer that fits securely into the top of the bottle. As the milk passes through the nipple, it goes by the warmer and enters your baby’s mouth warm.
The nipples are designed to mimic a mother’s breast and are softer than the traditional bottle nipple. Unlike many other bottles on the market today, these aren’t leaky.
You do have to boil the warmer for 25 minutes and then allow it to cool for 75 minutes before use. You don’t have to use the warmer immediately because it holds that heat in, but this does require some planning or the purchase of multiple warmers if you want to use it for every feeding.
You can buy these bottles in clear, but why not add a little color to your life? The Fiesta bottle set comes with six 9-ounce bottles, each a bright, gender-neutral color. The bottles come with a nipple that stretches more than your traditional nipple. It’s designed for easy latching and is recommended for babies transitioning from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. Babies can actually manipulate the nipple much as they would their mother’s natural nipple, so it’s quite unique.
These nipples also have a ventilation system that should reduce the risk of colic and digestive issues. The bottle is shaped to fit easily into your hand, and then nipples don’t leak as long as you have the vent pointing in the right direction.
If you have a Medela breast pump, this bottle set will make it easy to pump and store your milk. The set comes with three 5-ounce bottles with lids, so you can slip them in the fridge and the pop on the nipple when your baby is ready for a bottle. Each bottle also comes with a lid. You can also purchase 8-ounce bottles to go with this set.
You will often see these bottles called Medela Calma. The nipples were designed with breastfed babies in mind, so they have a wide base and are designed for a slow, gentle flow. The bottles are made from BPA-free plastic and are safe for the dishwasher. You can use this set with any Medela breast pump.
The Philips Avent line is one of the most popular brands on the baby market, so it’s not surprising that they make one of the best bottles for breastfed babies. The nipples have a wide base and are softer than a traditional nipple, which is required to feel and function more like a woman’s breast. They also have a dual valve that should limit the amount of air inhaled by your baby. The bottles are also less likely to leak than some others, which eliminates one of the biggest complaints that parents have against some competing bottles.
If you believe in the Philips brand, pick up the newborn starter set. It comes with three 4-ounce bottles and two 9-ounce bottles. You also get a pacifier, formula dispenser, and bottle brush for easy cleaning.
These bottles are strong contenders if you’re worried that your baby will get confused when presented with a bottle nipple. The bottles are fitted with NaturalWave nipples designed to feel much like a woman’s nipple, including a wider base and softer feel. Parents also appreciate that nipples have a ventilation system that keeps air in the bottle. This is proven to lower the risk for colic and may also help with other digestive issues.
You can buy these bottles in 5-ounce or 8-ounce sizes, and they’re more affordable than many similar bottles on the market today. You can buy a single bottle if you want to try it out, but the pack of three is the best buy if you decide that it’s a good fit for your baby.
It’s important to note that this is a glass baby bottle, so it may feel a bit heavier than plastic bottles. The advantage is the elimination of chemicals that can leak into your baby’s milk through plastic. Most plastic bottles are now made without BPA and Phthalates, but why not eliminate all concern over chemicals by going with a glass baby bottle? Plus, these bottles only have two pieces, so they’re so easy to clean. You also don’t have to keep up with small pieces when away from home.
These glass bottles have all the required features to mimic the feel and functionality of a woman’s natural breast. The nipples are fuller and have a wider base, and they’re softer than your traditional bottle nipple.
If you need to supplement your breastfeeding with formula, this bottle was made for you. The unique design makes it easy to mix formula powder and water right in the bottle, so it’s faster and less messy. The bottle comes with a ventilated silicone nipple that should keep most air from your baby’s mouth, reducing the chance of colic after feeding. While the nipple isn’t nearly as wide and full as some others on this list, it is wider than the traditional bottle nipple.
The biggest complaint about this bottle is the nipple because it isn’t as advanced as those on some other bottles for breastfed babies. Keep in mind that you can switch the nipples out. For instance, nipples from a Philips Avent or Dr. Brown’s bottle is likely to fit a Mixie bottle.
Do you want your baby’s bottle to look and feel as much like your own breast as possible? If so, the Mimijumi bottle is one of the most highly recommended options. The nipple has the most authentic shape on the market today, including a wide, full base that will press against your baby’s mouth much like a natural breast. Those nipples are even flesh colored.
The kit comes with two “very hungry bottles” and two “not so hungry bottles.” All bottles use the same nipples, buty they can sometimes leak where the nipple meets the bottle. We wanted to bring them to your attention because they are quite popular, but they rank low on our list because of the potential for leaking.
What to Notice About these Bottles for Breastfeeding Babies:
Notice that many of these bottles have features that allow them to feel much like a woman’s nipple while feeding. Those type of designs are recommended if you intend to supplement breastfeeding with bottle feeding. It’s also a good idea to keep bottles of various sizes on hand because your baby will start to eat more as they grow.
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