Bottles can be a confusing purchase for a pregnant mama. How many to buy? Which brand? Which size? Bottles make claims of being the most breastfeeding-friendly, the safest, or the one most likely to reduce colic.
Here is my personal opinion on bottles. Note: I’m not a baby bottle expert.
First, bottles are not evil. Realistically, most American babies will have a bottle at some point. The bottle might contain expressed breastmilk, donated breastmilk, or formula. These three liquids look alike. I know my readers would not, but it bears stating: Please do not judge a woman giving a bottle to a baby. No, no, no.
How many? If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t need more than one or two bottles. Really. Breastmilk can remain at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Formula cannot stay out for more than an hour. If you’re working full-time, the milk will be fine at room temp for 8 hours (4 hours is the ideal). Isn’t breastmilk amazing? Because I had previous breast surgery, I had to supplement with donated milk for almost every feeding and I was very comfortable with only two bottles. And then I broke one around 9 months and finished out the year with just one.
What size? Since you only need a few, I would go ahead and buy an 8 or 9oz size.
Which nipple? There are many choices in nipples. I prefer silicone. Breastfed babies should always use a size 1 nipple.
Safest plastic choices are usually made from polypropylene or polyethylene. Innobaby makes a silicone bottle. Green to Grow uses polyether sulphone (PES). There are many plastic choices. A few are Adiri, Born Free, and Thinkbaby. Born Free and Thinkbaby can also convert to sippy cups which saves some money. Always a good idea. Green to Grow also donates 1% of sales to environmental causes, donates new mamas in need, and claims to be socially responsible in their production.
Glass choices range from the tried-and-true EvenFlo to the fancier coddletime bottle with laboratory-grade glass and a silicone sleeve. I have butter-fingers so I require a silicone sleeve. I used Coddletime bottles with Cedar and still managed to break one. It dropped from about three feet up onto cement. I was impressed that it broke in large peices and the silicone caught the glass (as promised).
And then there are the stainless steel bottles. These can be quite the eye-catcher. I love the earthlust bottle and the organicKidz. Both can convert to sippy cups. Earthlust claims to be ethically made (in China) and are seriously gorgeous. The organicKidz bottle lids work as a measuring cup and converts to a toddler cup and then grade-school kid cup. Some benefits to stainless steel: it can keep liquids hot or cool longer and it will not break. However, you cannot microwave stainless steel and I often used the Medela quick steam microwave bags on my glass bottles. Still, these are dishwasher safe.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the above products and did not receive any goods or payment to offer my reviews. I just like them. 🙂