We’ve all heard the saying “breast is best.” The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding accompanied by appropriate foods up to two years old or beyond.
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for human infants. It contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria, and lowers your baby’s risk of developing asthma or allergies. Breast fed infants are also less likely to become overweight children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding also reduces an infant’s risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and is thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.
If you want your baby to be exclusively breastfed but you’re going back to work or you just need to take a break, you will need to pump and have whoever is watching your baby give a bottle.
Lactation consultants usually recommend that you wait at least two to three weeks to offer a bottle. You want to make sure your supply is established and breastfeeding is going well. However, you don’t want to wait too long to introduce a bottle if you know you’ll need to use one at some point. After six weeks, babies are more likely to refuse the bottle, which can be tough if you are going back to work or you and your partner want to spend a night out away from baby. Therefore, you want to introduce the bottle when your baby is between three and six weeks old.
Best Bottle for Breastfeeding Babies
There are dozens of bottles on the market today, so which one is the best? It is important to consider what babies do when breastfeeding. When a baby is at the breast, he or she controls the flow of milk with suck. However, bottles often pour milk into the baby’s mouth, which does not allow the baby to take breaks and signal that he or she has had enough. Babies must also work to get milk from the breast. If you give the baby a bottle that allows milk to flow out too easily, baby may lose the ability to sufficiently remove milk from the breast, which will decrease your supply. Therefore, it is important to use a bottle with a slow-flow nipple.
It is also important to choose a bottle with a nipple similar to your nipple—ones that are soft, wide and long enough to promote proper sucking. A wide nipple base will resemble your breast. However, some babies prefer a narrow, more traditional, nipple shape and some lactation consultants recommend this type because it allows baby to flange their lips and have a deep latch like they do with the breast.
Some babies will accept the first bottle you give them, and others may refuse five or 10 different bottles before you find the right one. Every baby is different and will react in different ways to bottles. Hopefully, the following guide to best baby bottles will help you find the bottle that works for your baby.
|Product||Suit for/Best for||Number of Pieces||Number of Bottles per Pack||LINK HERE|
|Phillips Avent Natural Baby||3
|Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles||3||1-4||Check Price|
|Comotomo Baby Bottle||3||2||Check Price|
|NUK Simply Natural Bottle||3||3||Check Price|
|Mimijumi Not So Hungry Breastfeeding Baby Bottle||2||1||Check Price|
1. AVENT Natural Baby Bottle
With its wide neck opening, natural nipple shape and advanced anti-colic valve, the AVENT Natural Baby Bottle is a clear winner. The bottle is cleverly designed so that it offers all of the features you want (BPA free, easy to clean, anti-colic/gas, etc.) while also being easy to use. For this reason, it is our choice for best bottle for breastfed babies.
|The Philips AVENT Natural bottle is the best bottle for breastfed babies because it promotes a healthy breastfeeding relationship. The wide breast shaped nipple promotes a natural latch, making it a breeze for your baby to go back and forth between breast and bottle feeding. The nipple features petals inside to increase softness and flexibility without nipple collapse. The innovative twin valve system reduces colic and discomfort by venting air into the bottle rather than baby’s tummy. The bottle is made of polypropylene, a BPA free material. Due to its unique, ergonomic shape, the AVENT Natural bottle is easy to hold and grip in any direction for your comfort while feeding. The wide bottle neck and few parts makes assembling, preparing and cleaning bottles easy. Another important feature is its compatibility with all Philips AVENT bottles and cup handles, meaning the bottles will grow with your baby and you’ll be able to use them longer!|
One of the many reasons we chose AVENT Natural as the best bottle for breastfeeding babies is the wide range of nipples available compared to other brands. Breastfed babies will likely need to use size 0 or 1 nipples because the flow will closely resemble the breast. However, as baby gets older, there are several more sizes to move up to if needed.
#1 Recommended Brand:
Phillips Avent is the #1 recommended brand of Mother & Childcare products worldwide, according to a GemSeek survey from 2016. For over 30 years, Avent has worked with healthcare professionals, clinicians and mothers to develop the best products for babies.
Some users claim that these bottles leak and that the nipples tear, which seems to be a problem with a lot of bottles. Also, the anti-colic valve may cause air to get into the bottle, which will cause gas in your baby. However, every baby is different and will react differently to each bottle.
|Easy to clean.||May let in air and cause gas in babies.|
|Medical grade silicone is durable and safe for your baby||Not all breastfed babies will take this bottle.|
|The best baby bottle is free of potentially dangerous substances like BPA.||Bottle may not be compatible with your breast pump.|
|This bottle is widely accepted by most babies, including breastfed babies||
|All Philips AVENT parts are compatible with these bottles, including a range of nipple sizes.|
|Available in 4 different sizes: 2 oz., 4 oz., 9 oz. and 11 oz.|
Philips AVENT Natural Baby Bottle is a natural way to bottle feed! The wide, breast-shaped nipple promotes a natural latch. The flexible spiral design and the comfort petals on the nipple allow for natural movement as the baby eats. Airflex vent technology reduces colic and discomfort by taking air away from baby’s tummy. If you are looking for a low-maintenance, easy to clean bottle, the AVENT Natural bottles might be for you!
2. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles
With the most breast-like nipple ever made, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle flexes like mom and feels like mom. The bottle features guaranteed acceptance by your breast fed baby and an anti-colic valve, making bottle feeding easy.
|One thing that we love about the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle and the other options on the best bottles for breastfeeding babies 2018 list is that the nipples are made of silicone! The nipple on this bottle will feel extremely close to the feel of your own skin, which baby will like. This means that your breastfed baby is more likely to accept this bottle.|
The downside of the Tommee Tippee bottle compared to the Philips AVENT Natural bottle is that only three nipple sizes are available. The bad thing about that is the flow of the nipples available might not work for your baby. Whereas with AVENT, there are more options to choose from and you are more likely to find a flow that works.
Award-Winning Breast-like nipple:
One of the cool features about the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle is the award-winning breast-like nipple. The breast-like shape will promote a natural latch and the smooth silicone material will feel closer to your skin.
|Wide neck nipple for natural latch on||Only three nipple sizes: slow flow, medium flow and fast flow, which may not work for every baby.|
|Graduation in milliliters and ounces|
|3 way easy hold and compact shape allows baby to feed in a natural position and feel closer to mom and dad.|
|Anti-colic valve reduces excessive air flow|
|Snap-on hygienic cap is easy to use and helps keep the nipple clean and ready to use.|
There are a lot of reasons to love the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle. It was a very easy choice when putting together our best bottles 2018 list. It has tons of amazing features like the wide neck nipple, snap-on cap, anti-colic valve, and the three-way easy hold design.
3. Comotomo Baby Bottle
Comotomo is another incredible brand of baby products that set out to create a bottle that mimics breastfeeding! This particular bottle helps babies transition back and forth from nursing to bottle feeding. It has rescued so many families dealing with nipple confusion and bottle rejection that Comotomo has branded the term “Breastfeeding in a Bottle!”
|Like numbers one and two on our list, this Comotomo bottle is the hygienic silicone material it is made of, which means you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals! The soft material offers a skin-like touch and feel. The material is also good because breastfeeding babies bring their hands close to their face during feeding time. So the soft, skin-like silicone material offers a soothing, calming touch and better grip.|
These bottles are made in two sizes: 5 ounce and 8 ounce. The 5 ounce bottle comes with a slow flow nipple for babies up to 3 months and the 8 ounce bottle comes with a medium flow nipple for babies between 3 to 6 months. If you need a faster flow nipple, you may purchase them separately. However, because there is only one size slow flow nipple for babies up to 3 months old, the flow may be too fast and cause some newborns to choke.
Dual anti-colic vent:
Unlike the AVENT Natural and Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle, the Comotomo bottle has not one, but two anti-colic vents in the nipple. This is to ensure that your baby’s bottle is perfectly ventilated, meaning your baby drinks milk and not air. Good airflow in the bottle helps prevent unwanted colic, burping, spit up and gas.
Like the other two bottles we’ve mentioned so far, the Comotomo bottle only has a few pieces: the bottle, nipple, cap and outer ring. This, along with the wide-neck design, makes it easy to clean. The anti-colic vents are built into the nipple so there are no extra parts to clean! This bottle is safe to place in the microwave, boiling water, steam sterilizers and the top rack of your dishwasher.
|Designed for breastfed babies to latch||Few nipple flow choices|
|The entire bottle is silicone material.||Hard to read measurements on bottle|
|Easy to clean, wide-neck design||Only comes in two colors|
|Dual anti-colic vent|
|Only four parts: the bottle, nipple, cap and outer ring|
The Comotomo bottle is an amazing choice if you’re looking to closely mimic mom that is perfect for your newborn baby! Not only is it a great bottle though, but its unique silicone material and pliable shape increases comfort and convenience for whoever is feeding baby!
4. NUK Simply Natural Bottle
The NUK Simply Natural is the fourth bottle on our list and it is one of the most popular choices of bottles for breastfeeding babies today. We chose the NUK Simply Natural because of it’s natural shaped nipple. Many breastfeeding families swear by this incredible bottle! In fact, according to a July 2015 home use test, 90 percent of mom’s recommended this bottle.
|The NUK Simply Natural bottle features a silicone nipple shaped like mom. The nipple is flexible and has multiple nipple holes that mimics a breast. The comfortably familiar nipple feels, works and moves just like moms for a comfortable latch. An Advanced Anti-Colic Air System in the nipple makes feeding time more comfortable for baby.|
One of the biggest problems with the NUK Simply Natural is the white writing on the sides of the newer bottles. The white writing against the white milk makes it hard to read.
Clear Tritan Bottle:
The Tritan bottle is crystal clear and both odor and stain resistant, making your post-feeding routine faster and easier. There are four pieces total: the bottle, ring, nipple and cap, making clean-up a breeze.
|The odor and stain resistant crystal clear Tritan bottle is BPA free and easy to use, assemble and clean.||The newer bottles have measurements in white writing on the side of the bottle, which can blend in with the breast milk and be hard to read.|
|Advanced 1-piece Anti-Colic Air system helps reduce colic, gas and spit up.||Nipple cap can be hard to remove.|
|Super soft silicone nipple is the same shape as mom’s nursing nipple for a familiar fit.|
|Multiple nipple holes provide a natural feed, just like mom’s breast.|
If you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, you may be having trouble with or be worried about finding a bottle that your baby will accept. Fortunately, thanks to this product, you are much more likely to get your little one to accept a bottle. This bottle for breastfed babies has a high acceptance rate as well as some nice features like the one piece Anti-Colic Air System, natural nipple shape, and Tritan bottle.
5. Mimijumi Natural Baby Bottle
With natural colors, textures and form, the Mimijumi baby bottle is the perfect complement to breastfeeding. The innovative nipple design mimics a mother’s breast, creating a natural feeding and latching experience, which is why this bottle made our list of top bottles for breastfeeding babies.
|One of the big reasons that we chose this Mimijumi bottle as one of the best bottles for breastfeeding is because the container is made from Swiss nylon. This material was chosen because it is as clear as glass and is as durable as plastic without containing any of the potentially harmful, estrogen-activating chemicals found in traditional plastic baby bottles such as BPA, BPS and 562 others. These bottles are also easy-to-use and easy-to-clean because they are dishwasher safe and are supposed to stay crystal clear no matter how many times you wash them.|
The AntiColic venting system and the nipple allowing baby to control flow reduces air intake and decreases colic and gas. Like breastfeeding, Mimijumi bottles ensure the baby actively suckles and controls the milk so that you don’t have to worry about matching the flow rate of the bottle nipple to mom’s natural breastfeeding flow. This means the nipple functions just like mom’s breast and enables moms to breastfeed and bottle feed interchangeably.
No Flow Natural Texture Nipple:
The no flow, natural texture nipple allows baby to control the flow of milk to allow baby to interchangeably feed between breast and bottle.
The downside of Mimijumi bottles is that they are far more expensive than the bottles we have previously mentioned on the list. One 4 ounce bottle is $28.00 compared to a 3-pack of AVENT bottles for $19.79.
|No flow nipple mimics mother’s breast.||Nipples might be too long and hard for some babies.|
|Quality materials have no BPA, BPS or other harmful chemicals and exceed US safety standards.||Bottle is very expensive compared to the previous ones listed. One 4 ounce bottle is $28.00.|
|AntiColic venting system and allowing baby to control flow reduces air intake and decreases colic and gas.|
|The bottle is only two pieces, making it easier to clean than other bottles.|
If you’re looking for a bottle that closely mimics mom’s breast, this might be the one for your baby! The nipple’s natural dome shape is one piece with an integrated venting system that reduces colic and is made with medical and food grade silicone and is textured to feel like skin!
Best Bottles for Breastfeeding 2019 – Buying Guide
Breastfed babies can be extremely picky when it comes to taking a bottle. But we’re sure that your baby will take at least one of the bottles mentioned on our list.
While breast is best, we’ve found that bottle-feeding babies breast milk comes with many benefits: allowing mom to return to work, giving mom a break, and letting other family members feed baby.
If you do want to use bottles with your breastfed baby, we hope that this list and buying guide will make finding one a little easier for you.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Bottle
Like many products – especially baby products it seems – the options are endless when it comes to bottles. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to weed through them all and find one that your baby will take. Below, you will find some specific things to consider to help you make a decision about the best bottle for your baby!
The first thing you want to think about when choosing the best bottle for your breastfed baby is the nipple flow options. Bottle nipples can make a big impact, so you should definitely consider them carefully. If your baby is still very young, you will definitely need a slow flow nipple. AVENT offers the most options in nipple flows, so that might be a good place to start. If your baby is older, the other bottles may work better because flow won’t be as big of an issue. But keep in mind that breastfed babies need to stick with a slower flow nipple to mimic the feel of breastfeeding.
Most bottles are in the same price range. However, one on our list, the Mimijumi, that are far more expensive. If you choose a much more expensive bottle and it ends up being your baby’s favorite, you might break the bank with the amount of bottles you need to purchase over time. Or, if your baby doesn’t take the bottle, you may have just wasted $30 on something your baby won’t even use. So, think about what your budget will be over time as you need to replace your baby’s bottles when you are choosing the best bottle 2018 for your baby.
Finally, consider what extra features may be important to you, especially if your baby has problems with gas, colic or spitting up. Another thing to consider is the number of pieces the bottle breaks down into. More pieces equals more time spent cleaning. These are all things to think about to help you choose your own best bottle for breastfed babies 2019
FAQ about Bottle
How do you sterilize bottles?
There are many bottle sterilizers on the market today. AVENT and Munchkin offer sterilizers that go in your microwave. You can also buy a more expensive sterilizer that can sit on your counter. Or, you can sterilize the old-fashioned way by boiling water and putting all of your bottle parts in. If you have a dishwasher, you can also place the bottles in the top rack to sterilize them.
What if my baby does not take a bottle?
Some breastfed babies are very picky about bottles. Sometimes if mom is in the room or house, the baby will not take a bottle because they prefer the breast. If your baby is not taking a bottle, try having someone besides mom feed baby the bottle while she is out of the house.
Is it bad to put baby to sleep with a bottle?
It is best to avoid putting your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk, especially once their teeth begin to come in, because this can cause serious tooth decay. It can also cause ear infections. It is best to give your baby a pacifier to get him to sleep instead.
Can I overfeed my baby with breast milk in a bottle?
You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed a baby with a bottle of breastmilk. It is best to pace feed your baby when using a bottle.
What is pace feeding?
Pace feeding is the best feeding method for bottle feeding your breastfed baby. It is a technique designed to mimic the pace of breastfeeding and will prevent your baby from being overwhelmed or overfeeding your baby with a bottle.
Pace feeding means waiting for hunger cues to feed your baby, rather than adhering to a schedule. Feeding cues include rooting, lip licking, or putting hand to the mouth. When feeding, sit your baby in an upright position, be patient by letting the baby take the nipple to his mouth and angle the bottle horizontally so that the baby needs to suck the milk from the nipple, rather than letting it drip out.
Most breastfeeding women today will need to give their baby a bottle at some point so it is very important to find a bottle that works for you and your baby without ruining the special breastfeeding bond. Choosing a bottle can be challenging, so we hope that the list of best bottles for breastfeeding babies 2019 helped you to narrow down your choices!