As a breastfeeding mom, you may have a lot of anxiety when choosing a bottle for your baby. There are so many options and features to consider. Nipple confusion, latch problems, and gas may be just a few things you worry about. I know I did. I searched high and low and spent several days researching bottles. I wanted one that was as close to a real breast as possible. I also hoped to find one that Jackson, who had a significant lip and tongue tie, would be able to latch onto without swallowing too much air. However, I couldn’t find any reviews discussing bottles for breastfed babies with latch issues. There were several bottles I thought might work for us, but I just couldn’t decide on one. So, like any rational mother, I bought one of each. Overall, I found that the most aesthetically appealing bottles usually lacked functionality. Often, they focused more on making their bottles look like breasts (to appeal to mothers), and less on making the bottle function like a breast. Hopefully, I can save you some time and money by sharing a few of my favorites.
Comotomo Natural Feel
My favorite bottle is from Comotomo. I wasn’t sure that the soft silicone bottle would matter that much to a baby. I thought it was another gimmick, but Jackson really loves holding it and rubbing his fingers on it while he eats. Another thing I really appreciate about the bottle design is the wide mouth. It makes it so easy to pour in milk or formula without making a mess, and clean up is a breeze! There is no narrow opening to fight getting a bottle brush through. I was also pleasantly surprised by the nipple design. The slow-flow nipples are truly slow-flow, the mound has a wide base like a breast, and the nipple is soft and flexible.
This is another great bottle, especially for those worried about gas. The disposable drop-in liners collapse as they drink, preventing baby from swallowing air. There are several nipple designs to choose from, too. So, you can find the one that works best for your baby. These bottles are so convenient, affordable, and perfect for busy breastfeeding moms.
This bottle has my favorite nipple. I really wish all bottles had a similar nipple design. It slopes from mound to nipple in a way that mimics the breast when baby is latched on. Jackson’s lip tie made it difficult for him to latch on properly to some of the firmer bottle nipples when he was small, and this was the first bottle we used successfully. It is also an affordable option for breastfeeding moms, especially those concerned about their baby’s latch or nipple confusion.
In short, I highly recommend any of these bottles. The Lansinoh mOmma is a great starter bottle for breastfed babies. The Comotomo is comforting for babies that need to feel their mother’s skin or a similar texture while feeding. And the Playtex bottles are great for babies susceptible to painful gas. If you are feeling as overwhelmed as I did, I hope this has helped narrow down the options for you. Of course, don’t be afraid to experiment. If a bottle isn’t working for you, move on. Find the perfect fit for your individual baby. It is out there!
Hi readers! I’m Natalie, writer and mom of two. I am so excited to join The 16 Minute Club’s new blog, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you. My pudgy breastfed baby, Jackson, is 8 months old and looks like he subsists on whipping cream. You would never know he was once “failing to thrive.” Breastfeeding has certainly had its ups and downs. Like most moms, I spend my days wavering between maternal bliss and horrification at some of the realities of motherhood. After my first child, I was sure I had things figured out. I just knew breastfeeding would be easier with my second. But the truth is that every baby is different, and they each present new challenges. Sometimes they even present the same challenges, but require different solutions.