Finding the best baby bottle in combination with breastfeeding can be tricky. Some things to keep in mind is that the first bottle you pick may not be the one your baby takes to. Below are some of our favorite bottle picks and also a link to our Breast Pump Baby Bottle Compatibility Guide, a VALUABLE TOOL in determining which baby bottles work with which breast pumps. While most baby bottles will be compatible with any pump you choose, you may need to purchase a ring that will make the pump and bottles work together, commonly known as a breast pump adapter.
Things to keep in mind while choosing a baby bottle for your breastfed baby:
- Pick a bottle that is compatible (with or without a breast pump adapter) click here for our Breast Pump Baby Bottle Compatibility Guide
- Be open to possibly it taking several tries with different baby bottles before you find the right one for your baby.
- Look for baby bottles that are easy to read. You should be able to easily read the markings on the bottle as well as the nipples should be labels for size/stage nipple.
- Bottles can come in plastic, silicone, stainless steel or glass options. Pick the option that makes the most sense for your needs. For example stainless steel baby bottles are popular for their sturdy construction, but lack the advantage of being able to see how much fluid is left in the bottle.
- If your new baby bottles are leaking it most likely is because the ring/collar is over tightened, try loosening the color of the bottle.
- Almost all baby bottle nipples are silicone and will overtime not work as well. They get stretched out of their regular shape. If the nipples on your bottle are over a month old it may be time to buy a few new packs.
- Does your baby favor a certain brand of nipple? Here is another guide that you need! Baby Bottle / Nipple Compatibility Guide