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BPA Free Bottles (Namely MilkBank and Breastflow)

Hi Mommies!

I'm nearly 20 weeks pregnant with my second baby and will breastfeed again. It was a wonderful experience with my first and I'm so proud of myself for sticking it out and making it work.

That said, I know that we'll use bottles after the 4 week mark (either expressed breastmilk or formula--I really hated pumping!) so that my husband can help out with nighttime feedings and such. With our first we used Avent bottles till the whole BPA scare came to the surface and switched to the Avent Tempo so we could at least keep the same nipples. I was okay with them, but annoyed at how much and often they leaked and am hesitant to go back to them even if they are BPA free. I've been doing some research on bottles that are out now both online and through friends and am wondeirng about first hand experience with a few brands.

Have any of you used either the MilkBank or Breastflow bottles. I'm intrigued by all of the great reviews the MilkBank bottles have gotten but can't really figure out what they entail (lots of parts?, etc). I was glad to see that the Breastflow is available BPA free, but concerned about what seems to be a TON of pieces... Thoughts??

Throw in any particularly positive or negative thoughts on other brands, too. I know I want a wide neck bottle (do any glass bottles come in wide neck?), but am pretty open to other ideas and suggestions.

What can I do next?

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I use Born Free, both in glass and BPA-free plastic. They have worked great with zero problems. Babe took to it easy first time too, when she was 4 months.

My son also used Breastflow bottles the entire time he used a bottle. They are great and fairly easy to clean. My niece also used them and WOULDN'T use anything else. They really were a life saver in a time of panick and from then on worked like a charm! The piece problem isn't that bad either. I am a supporter of the Breastflow bottles big time!

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Not sure if you'd be interested in this brand, but Dr. Brown's makes a wide-neck BPA free bottle. Yes, there are a few pieces to them, but we hand washed 5-8 bottles daily for the first year and didn't find it too overwhelming.

B.
BornFree makes a glass, wide-neck bottle. It does have some pieces, but they were pretty easy to use and clean and the bottles are incredibly sturdy. Ours have been dropped a couple of times and we've had no broken ones! They also make plastic, BPA-free ones that I used in our diaper bag and to send to the sitter. It was a little lighter to carry around that way but still the same bottle and nipple for my daughter.
Hope this helps! Good luck with Baby X!
J. M

I also used Medela bottles after I learned more about BPA...it turned out to be much more convenient for me because I was pumping with a Medela pump!

I use Born Free, both in glass and BPA-free plastic. They have worked great with zero problems. Babe took to it easy first time too, when she was 4 months.

I use Born Free and really like them. They never leak. You can get them at Target or Babies R Us, and come in both BPA free plastic or glass. (i use plastic) good luck!

Medela bottles have always been BPA free and they now putting a glass bottle on the market. Check them out at Medela.com - they are located in McHenry IL

Advent does sell BPA free bottles now. So If you liked the brand before, You csn know use it again this next time.

D. Y

I breastfed my daughter also and whenever we were out or needed to give her a bottle, the Breastflow bottles were the only type of bottle that my daughter would take. There weren't too many parts to them. There were two nipples (one that you put inside the other) and a ring that you use to tighten the nipples on to the bottle, but that was it. Once you get the hang of it, they are fine. I would use them again. Good luck with your new little one!

My son also used Breastflow bottles the entire time he used a bottle. They are great and fairly easy to clean. My niece also used them and WOULDN'T use anything else. They really were a life saver in a time of panick and from then on worked like a charm! The piece problem isn't that bad either. I am a supporter of the Breastflow bottles big time!

Hi B.,

We really like the Born Free bottles. They have a wide neck and a vent system that's supposed to prevent gas. The downside is that they're expensive. But we made it through the first year of my daughter's life with only 2 bottles (she's been exclusively breast-fed and would have expressed breastmilk when I was away). She hasn't been in daycare, though. If you plan to use a daycare, you'd probably need more bottles, so the expense might not be worth it.

You mentioned that you hated pumping. While I agree that it's annoying, if you have a good double pump (I have the Ameda and love it) with a hands-free bustier it's pretty quick and easy. The tricky part is just finding a place to do it! But you should do what works best for you.

Best of luck whatever you decide,
R.

I love my Adiri Natural Nurser Bottles. They seem so natural to go along with breastfeeding and are so easy to clean. They are now sold at Babies r Us. Blessings!

Dear B.,

We also used Avent with our first child, before the whole BPA scare. This second time around, we used Adiri. This baby would not take a bottle and we bought practically every BPA bottle on the market. I have to say that I haven't heard of either of the ones that you mention, though. I don't recall even seeing those at The Right Start or online... But I can tell you that she liked the Adiri bottle best of the ones we tried. It cannot go in the dishwasher, but because it only has essentially 2 pieces plus the cover, it's a snap to wash with a bottle brush. They are really expensive (About $15/each if I recall correctly... maybe $12/each) but we only bought one in each flow catagory and just washed it each time. Since I breastfeed when I'm home, that was really all we needed. Now that she's almost 7 months old, I'm trying all of the BPA free sippy cups and trying to get her to drink from one of those instead. But that's a whole other posting : )
Good luck!

Oh, I did buy some Evenflow small 4 oz. glass bottles and experimented with various nipples to go with them. She didn't like them, but yours might. And those bottles were very inexpensive. I think the 3-pack at target was only about $4. I use them now to warm up formula in the bottle warmer to mix with her rice cereal.

We also tried the BornFree bottles (I bought those before baby was born hoping those would work out well). Our daughter HATED the bornfree. The nipples are so HUGE. There was no way that she could even get the whole thing in her mouth, let alone settle down and drink from it. And we didn't start introducing the bottle until she was 6 weeks old, so it wasn't like she was just home from the hospital. I found that to be the case with many of the bottles we tried... the nipples were just too big for a small baby. I would keep that in mind before you stock up on a whole bunch of any one thing...

My son has used Breastflow bottles his entire bottle "career." They've been great. When we were going back and forth between breast and bottle, they were seamless. Most of the reviews are off the BrU website because of the intro of the non-BPA version, but many people commented that they can help improve the baby's latch.

I am glad you will be breastfeeding. I too needed a bottle with my third child that I wasn't scared to use. I also didn't want to break the bank. I used the glass evenflo. It is not a wideneck bottle, but if once it is empty you put a little water and swoosh it around you don't need to
"scrub" too much with a bottle brush. They were if I remember 3.99 for 3 of them. My(sobs) baby is now 13 months old and still breastfeeds a little and drinks from a cup. We did not waste any money on fancy highend name bottles as you never know when the unemployment line will call your name. The glass bottles have fallen to the floor, been thrown by a hyper 10 month old and did not break. We went for the cup quickly as to not mess with developing teeth lines. Good luck.

I still love my Avent bottles! Babies 'R' Us will still exchange your old bottles for the BPA free versions. You need to take the entire set (bottle, ring, nipple, and cap) and they'll give you credit toward the more expensive BPA free Avent bottles. You may have to fork over a little cash, but it saved me tons of money. Good luck.

I don't know anything about those particular brands of bottles, but check out www.safemama.com for a "cheat sheet" of BPAfree bottles/cups. Great resource.

I've never used breastflow or heard of milkbank BUT am on my fourth month of breastfeeding and am using the good old playtex nurser (you know the ones with the disposable liners...) and have LOVED them...my daughter hated every other bottle we tried and switches back and forth between bottle and breast seamlessly...the best part is that there is very little to wash! Sorry I couldn't help with the other two bottles, but there's my two cents! :)

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