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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 15:51 PM   1
Linzi_x
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which bottles to use? lots of ?'s


basically i would love to know what you ladies believe are the best bottles to be using - in the UK.

i would like to breastfeed but if for some reason LO doesn't take, i would like to have my bottles at the ready.

do i buy the newborn ones first of all or just use the larger ones but put the same amount of formula?

which brand bottle do you recommend?

microwave/electric sterilizer?

which brand of teats?

which flow of teats?

which formula would you recommend?

i do apologise about all of the questions, i just worry about these kind of things hehe, i would really appreciate this



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 16:04 PM   2
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do i buy the newborn ones first of all or just use the larger ones but put the same amount of formula?

Just use the larger ones with small amount of formula - they grow out of the tiny size so quick!

which brand bottle do you recommend?

I can't really comment as always used Tommee Tippee (breast and bottle fed Joe) They were good, didn't ever leak like some of my friends' bottles did and he seemed to have no problem switching between bottle and boob.

microwave/electric sterilizer?

Depends on your space available. We had an electric sterilizer, but tbh I didn't actually use it much - used a bowl of Milton to sterilise dummies and bottles went in the dishwasher.

which brand of teats?

The ones that came with the bottles.

which flow of teats?

He's STILL using the size 1 slow flow teats at over a year old - the vari-flow and faster ones make him choke because he was used to BF.

which formula would you recommend?

We use Cow & Gate now because it was the cheapest and they all appear to be made by the same company with the same ingredients anyway, from what I can gather from reading the side of the box. He only went onto it at 8 months, not sure if that makes any difference, they can maybe tolerate different things better by then and are not as sensitive as newborns.

That's what seemed to work for us anyway!



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 16:12 PM   3
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There is such an array of bottles out there its so confusing. If you plan on breastfeeding and also giving a bottle once breastfeeding is well established then orthodontic teats are advised. I have bought a small one and a large one in NUK brand as I like the shape of their teats, I also prefer Latex brown teats as they are softer in my opinion. I have also bought some ready made aptamil for an absolute emergency (I really want to breastfeed but god forbid I get hit by a bus and baby needs fed!!! :-) ) I used to work on Special Care baby unit as a nurse and we always advised to avoid silicone clear teats and go for the soft brown latex ones and we alo used NUK teats which I loved. As for the flow etc you need to go by the manufacturers recommendations, it usually small hole for breastmilk and medium hole for formula, larger hole prob for feeds thickened with gavison etc for babies with reflux. You will know what flow your baby can cope with because if the flow is too fast or hole to big baby will choke and splutter frequently as it takes too much too quickly, so starting with a slow/small hole or medium is prob best. If baby has a good strong suck and is taking too long for feeds or gets frustrated then consider moving up a size/flow. It is advisable to go for BPA free bottles these days. There is so much choice out there I would go with what you think is right for you. You might find baby is colicky and needs an anticolic bottle. Its gonna be very much suck it and see.....excuse the pun!! But I wouldnt get too anxious about it or chop and change bottles........try the good ole boob first and then wait until you are well established before introducing a bottle and remember to keep expressing if you do use a bottle as you dont want ur milk to tail off. The other thing is cutting out your night breastfeed and giving a bottle can really badly affect your own milk supply so always breastfeed at night.

As for choice of milk have a look at the websites etc to see what you think, again its gonna be a case of wait and see, your health visitor can always advise and some babies are less constipated on one type of feed than another. Sterilisers are pretty standard I am sure microwave or steam is as good as each other. I have opted for an avent steam steriliser as I used it on the unit I worked on.

Hope this helps xxx



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 16:20 PM   4
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do i buy the newborn ones first of all or just use the larger ones but put the same amount of formula?

Just use the larger ones with small amount of formula - they grow out of the tiny size so quick! In my option smaller ones are a total waste of money

which brand bottle do you recommend?

We use Tommee Tippee we think there good, i planned to breastfeed our little girl but couldnt as had pre eclampsia and eclampsia, and never produced any milk! So glad we bought some just incase! They dont ever leak and I will use them again this time!

microwave/electric sterilizer?
We use electric sterilizer. Again a Tommee Tippee one.

which brand of teats?

The ones that came with the bottles.

which flow of teats?

Originally the ones that came with bottle. Number ones then change quickly to. Vari flow she just prefer them. I think you just have to see what baby like.

which formula would you recommend?

We use aptamil as it was recommend by friend and the midwife. I really don't know how true this is as I expect they are all made from very simliar ingredients that it was most likely to agree with baby as some other unsettle baby's tummy! Don't know how true or not it is but but we've had no trouble with aptamil.



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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 16:25 PM   5
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do i buy the newborn ones first of all or just use the larger ones but put the same amount of formula?
LARGER TINS

which brand bottle do you recommend?

I BUY WIDE NECK ONES .....LAST ONES I GOT WERE IN TESCO......
microwave/electric sterilizer?

AVENT MICROWAVE STERILISER
which brand of teats?

TOMEE TIPEE

I USE TOMEE TIPEE VARI-FLOW TEAT ....FOR WIDE NECK BOTTLES
which flow of teats?

which formula would you recommend?
SMA

i do apologise about all of the questions, i just worry about these kind of things hehe, i would really appreciate this



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 16:26 PM   6
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I'd really like to try these if they are available in time.

http://www.bittylab.com/index.html



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 17:01 PM   7
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With my first, we used Avent bottles but found they leaked. We also tried boots own bottles and she suffered pretty bad with colic (could be coincidence, I'm not sure).

We then tried Tomee Tippee closer to nature but tbh, I just didn't like them - not sure why, just personal preference. My DH liked them and I know they have good reviews in general, they just weren't for me.

This time, I'd like to try the Dr Brown bottles. I've read great things about them, especially if they can help with colic!

I'd def agree to buy larger bottles and just put smaller amount in. Our steriliser come with a small bottle and she was out-drinking it within a couple of months - that then became a water bottle for her during the massive heat wave we had.

We used Cow & Gate purely because it was cheaper. Unless there's an alleregy/intolerance, I think they're pretty much all the same.

Use the first teats to start, you'll know when it's time to move up. I could never get the hang of variflow - they always seemed to leak??

Oh... and we used electric stereliser which was good and pretty quick - not sure what the differences are though tbh.



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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 23:09 PM   8
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I like the playtex ones with the disposeable bags/drop ins. I would buy the bigger ones and forget the small ones. You just end up buying more bottles. I live in the us so we don't steralize per se. I just popped them in the dishwasher or washed them by hand and rinsed in a bleach solution. Most bottles come with slow nipples and you can buy the faster flow. My kids never needed the faster flow so we just stuck with the nipples they came with.



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 00:23 AM   9
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do i buy the newborn ones first of all or just use the larger ones but put the same amount of formula?

I wouldn't bother with the small 1s good for water but not much else

which brand bottle do you recommend?

We use Tommee Tippee as well we tryed advent with our 1st and them just leacked all over baby didn't have a prob with the Tommee Tippee

microwave/electric sterilizer?

I like electric sterilizers do not trust the microwave 1s

which brand of teats?

the 1s that come with the bottels

which flow of teats?

at 1st slow flow you will know when to move on.

which formula would you recommend?

cow & gate



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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 01:12 AM   10
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Hmmm im not sure I agree about not buying smaller ones we used them untill about 4 months and it would have looked huge in a newborn mouth also the bigger they are the colder they get esp when you've only got 30ml in there , bottles are trial and error im afraid I brought tt but poppy didn't get on with them and I didn't like them either so I tried her with the free agent one I had and it was alot better and she stopped havind colic! X



 
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