12 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies in 2017
There are many great breastfeeding articles out there written by mommies who offer useful advice and bottle suggestions, and we’ve read quite a few of them! Each one seems to have an extra little tidbit of information that we hadn’t yet read about.
One thing we would like to know more about, however, is the shopping process.
How do you determine who makes the best bottles for breastfed babies and what design features make one bottle more effective than another one?
These are the questions that we will be answering for you in this guide, so read on to see which 12 bottles our experts (and other moms like you) recommend along with reviews of the top five bottles.
Top 12 Bottles for Breastfed Babies Ultimate Table
|Design||Name||Size(s) Available||Anti-Colic Vents?||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle with NaturalWave Nipple|| 5-ounce|
|2. Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles||9-ounce||Yes||4.6|
|3. Comotomo Baby Bottle|| 5-ounce|
|4. Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Newborn Feeding Set||Includes|
|5. Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set|| 5-ounce|
|6. MAM Anti-Colic Bottle||5-ounce||Yes||4.3|
|7. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles|| 5-ounce|
|8. Playtex Baby Nurser Baby Bottle||Includes|
|9. NUK Simply Natural Bottle||5-ounce|
|10. Munchkin Latch BPA-Free Baby Bottle||8-ounce||Yes||3.9|
|11. Baby Brezza Glass Baby Bottle Starter Gift Set||Includes|
|12. Mimijumi Baby Bottle||4-ounce|
How to Choose the Right Bottle for Your Baby
We find that the best way to choose a product is by asking questions. Once you find the answers, it is much easier to determine whether the bottle is worth purchasing or not.
- What Is the Flow Rate of the Nipple? – Some nipples allow milk to flow more quickly than others do, and based on your baby’s age and development, one that flows too quickly can result in gagging and a milky mess. No mom wants to put his or her baby through this nor waste her precious liquid gold!
To avoid any problems, find out what type of nipples are on the bottles that you want. Are they slow flow, medium flow, free flow, or do they have a mixture of flow options built in?
The Mimijumi Baby Bottle, for example, allows baby to control the flow (known as “free flow”), and it wouldn’t be suitable for newborns or small babies who aren’t familiar with the bottle nipple yet.
- Does the Nipple Mimic the Shape of the Breast? – For some babies, the nipple shape makes a huge difference!
- Glass or Plastic? – The BPA-free discussion has been discussed to death online and by industry experts, and since manufacturers know that parents want BPA-free products, we’re not going to get into that discussion.
You do, however, need to decide whether you prefer a glass bottle or a plastic bottle, and quite honestly after all of our trials, only one brand has glass bottles that work well for breastfed babies: Baby Brezza.
They aren’t exactly the best bottles for breastfed babies we tried. They tend to leak, and the nipple has a fast flow rate; this isn’t ideal for small babies or those just transitioning. Other moms, however, have found the bottles to be very successful, so if you prefer glass, they are worth a try!
- Does the Bottle Have Volume Marks? – Not all bottles come with volume marks so you can see how much milk you’re putting in the bottle.
Most moms who pump and use their breastmilk in the bottle won’t need to worry too much about volume lines – although they are handy if you ever need to whip up a formula bottle in an emergency.
Remember – You Might Have to Try Several Bottles
Some moms are super lucky when it comes to breastfeeding. Their baby has no latching problems, and they breastfeed without a fuss!
Moms with this good fortune aren’t so fortunate when it comes to transitioning from breast to bottle, however, because many babies will just flat out refuse a bottle.
If you currently find yourself in this position, you have two options.
- You can try switching to a different nipple. See what other nipple styles the bottle manufacturer offers and see if that makes a difference.
- Get a few new bottles styles. Yes, we know this is the more costly option, but you will save a lot more time if you purchase a few different styles at the same time and try them to see which one your baby prefers.
Top 5 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies Reviews
With five solid options in front of you, you should have no problem choosing a bottle.
We also realize, however, that each baby is different.
Read our reviews to see if any of these bottles is right for your baby. If you’ve already tried them all and they have failed, or you simply don’t want to try them, check out the other seven options in our table. They all have been successful at some point or another for both moms and babies, which is why we included them on the list.
Out of all the bottles we tried, Lansinoh won us over with their mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottles.
A lot of research went into the design of this bottle, and that is evident due to the high number of moms who have had success with it. The nipple helps avoid confusion between the real nipple and bottle nipple, and many babies interact with the bottle n the same natural way that they do with the breast.
The bottles are BPA-free, BPS-free, and have a silicone nipple that is soft and flexible. The bottle is very easy to assemble and disassemble for cleaning, and it is available in two different sizes.
This bottle seems to have one of the highest success rates with breastfed babies, especially for moms who only breastfeed occasionally (hey, we all need to get out of the house now and then!) The flow rate might be a bit fast for some, but overall, we still feel that it is one of the best bottles for breastfed babies on our list.
Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles are a strong alternative if the Lansinoh bottles didn’t work for you.
The nipple shaped more like a dome than the Lansinoh nipple, and feels more natural for picky babies.
The biggest complaints about these bottles is due to leaking issues and flow rate, but after investigating Avent’s nipples further, we realized that this one is adjustable.
These bottle nipples are classified as “variable flow,” and there are three different ways that you can turn the nipple based on the flow rate you need: I, II, or III. Just line up the markings with your baby’s nose!
I is the slowest rate, II is medium, and III is the fastest.
We were pleased with the overall quality of the bottle and the BPA-free plastic, but if you’ve already tried these and they didn’t work, consider the bottles from Comotomo.
We still think that the Lansinoh and Philips Avent Bottles are better, but we won’t deny that the Comotomo bottles are some of the most popular for breastfed babies.
It is one of the most unique bottles on the list simply because the body of the bottle is soft. Baby can grasp and squish it just as he or she would with the real breast, making the experience more authentic. The shape of the nipple is much more similar to the natural breast than the other two, as well, which allows baby to latch more easily.
You can sterilize the bottles in boiling water, the dishwasher, a microwave or in a bottle sterilizer, and you will appreciate the dual anti-colic vent system that helps baby drink much more milk and very little air.
We did appreciate the convenience of the previous nipple having three different flow rates built into a single nipple because with this bottle; you have to purchase the nipples separately. They sell slow flow nipples for babies 0-3 months, medium flow for 3 months+, fast flow for 6 months+, and a variable flow nipple for babies over 6 months.
If you haven’t yet tried the Comotomo bottles, please do so! They have a very high success rate and are reasonably priced.
Some moms swear by Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottles, and in this set, you get two different sizes to use for your baby as he or she grows.
Do you have a preemie you’re bottle feeding? If so, these work extremely well. Even though the set is designed for newborns, you can start out with the smaller 4-ounce bottles when baby is little, and then graduate to the larger 8-ounce bottles as their feeding quantities increase.
The nipple isn’t quite as natural as the Comotomo bottle nipple, but that doesn’t seem to bother babies who are already used to bottles. As a transitioning bottle, you might not have as much luck with it.
The biggest hassle we faced with these bottles was cleaning them. They are a bit more time-consuming than the other ones we tried, but we still liked then and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any of you.
Moms who rely on the Medela breast pump will definitely appreciate the convenience of this set.
They make it easy for you to pump and store your milk and then feed without having to change bottles. Just attach the nipple and let baby nurse!
We appreciated that these bottles have handy volume marks printed on the side since they are so easy to see.
The problem with these bottles – the nipples! The flow rate is way too fast for younger babies and leaking is a problem if you’re not careful. Even the “slow flow” seemed too fast.
There’s no denying that these are incredibly useful and convenient if you pump, but based on our experience and what others have to say about it, we can’t recommend it as highly as Lansinoh, Comotomo or Philips Avent.
If all of those have failed you thus far, then, by all means, we still think the Medela Bottle Set is worth purchasing!