Medela Bottles Your Experience.

Updated on February 28, 2011
M.B. asks from Detroit, MI
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Hi Ladies!
I am buying a Medela breast pump and want to buy the bottles to match. The Medela bottles are pretty much the most expensive ones I will ever buy, but they seem kinda flimsy. Do you have experience with them? The plastic seems pretty thin. I wonder how they hold up in the dishwasher and over time. Any experience is greatly appreciated.

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Hi Bernie! I have Dr. Browns bottles and I love them too, but I need the Medela bottles that will attach to the pump.

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answers from Memphis on

I have used the medela bottles for two babies and they are still fine. I did put them in the dishwasher with the second and never had a problem. I also discovered that the medela are a standard size and I got some cheap gerber bottles to use with the pump. The only problem I had is that these bottles don't come with a disk to seal off the hole for the nipple. I got creative to solve this. I used the disks that came with the dr. brown's bottle to seal them. It worked great as long as I made sure that they were on tight. You can even pump directly into the Dr. Brown's Bottles but you have to include the tube thing in it to get it to seal and that made them too big for the medela cooler.

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answers from Tulsa on

I never had problems with the Medela bottles. They held up really well. Like Kate M, I also bought cheapo bottles to attach to the pump, so I never had more than the two Medela bottles that came with the pump.

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi Molly
I loved Dr Browns.

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answers from Springfield on

The Parent's Choice (Walmart Brand) should also attach to the pump. They're usually $1 per bottle.

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answers from Kansas City on

I agree that the gerber bottles also work well. I just recapped them with the nipple and cover and didn't worry about them having an air tight seal. Also, if you haven't already done so, purchase your pump from a Lacration Consultant. It is much cheaper than going to the store.

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answers from St. Louis on

Hi Molly,
I'm just about done pumping with kid number 3, and I have used the same bottles for pumping the entire time with no issues. I do wash them more by hand while I was pumping at work, etc. I pumped with them and transferred the milk into glass bottles, so I didn't actually use them to store milk.

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answers from Kansas City on

I used them and they were fine. They were in and out of the dishwasher. You can also pump into them and store and/or serve the milk in something else. We used a combination of bottles! I would also pump into the free ones the hospital gave you. I would store the milk in the hospital bottles and then transfer to a bottle.

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