I have plenty of past experience pumping/bottle feeding when my oldest child was in daycare.  This time around, I am a stay at home mom, so really, the times we need bottles are few.  However, since I teach childbirth classes and need to be away at least once per week, the people who care for her when I am gone are VERY grateful to have a bottle to feed and soothe while I am away.

I’ve asked my readers what they look for in a bottle and unanimously, there were three attributes that made bottle feeding a breastfed baby a success: 1) slow flow, 2) nipple that decreases nipple confusion, 3) ease of use with breast pump.  These are the attributes I looked for when reviewing the Dr. Brown’s Bottles.  Without further ado, here’s what I think!

Slow Flow: Yup, the flow is slow.  My baby didn’t choke or have a hard time transferring milk.

Nipple: Baby E is quite clear that the bottle nipple is not me. ;)  However, using it did not confuse her and make breastfeeding difficult.  She protested at first, but eventually she found that the bottle wasn’t so bad and it was a means to an end.  The standard and wide neck bottles have different nipples as you can see in the picture to the right.

Breast Pump: I have a Medela pump and the wide neck bottles do NOT fit.  However, the original bottles do and will attach to your pump.  Perfect!  When I was pumping for my son I used Medela bottles only because they worked with my pump.  It’s great to know that Medela pumpers have more bottle options, even Dr. Brown glass bottles.

The one feature that, in my opinion, sets Dr. Brown’s bottles apart is their internal vent system.  In a nut shell it eliminates the vacuum/suction baby gets when drinking from a bottle which better mimics breastfeeding and preserves the nutrition of the milk.  As the occasional bottle user I wasn’t able to test Dr. Brown’s claim to help with digestion issues, but Miss E didn’t seem to have any more reflux/digestion issues than normal.

I was also given some pacifiers to try, but with much sadness I report to you that baby E does not take a pacifier. :( Ugh.  I so wish she did.  We tried for two weeks, and tried many varieties, but she just gave me the most disgusted look and even gagged if I tried.  I am her pacifier, which makes for an upset tummy and lots of spit up.  Blah.  I will say a few things about pacifiers, however.  If you are breastfeeding do not use a pacifier until breastfeeding is well established.  Do not use it as a replacement for a meal, but as a tool to maybe calm baby in the car, etc.  A pacifier is a tool not a crutch!  (I have found pacifiers to be a great tool to help with overactive letdown and baby’s sucking needs.)

Would you like to win an assortment of Dr. Brown’s bottles and pacifiers?  Of course you would!

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1. Click this link: Dr. Brown’s BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Bottle Newborn Feeding Set

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19 Responses to Dr. Brown’s Bottles and Pacifier Review/Giveaway

  1. Kathleen Rafoth says:

    I love Dr. Brown’s Bottles and with a little one on the way this would be great!

  2. Shante W. says:

    I love Dr. Brown’s bottles!

  3. Lynne says:

    I would love to give these a try!

  4. Arlene S. says:

    I look for a bottle that promises that my babies (now 4 yr old and 20 month old) won’t get terribly gassy and uncomfortable. I used these for both of my kids, and if I win this, I will gift this to my SIL, Valerie, who would love it as much as I did! I love Dr. Brown products!

  5. Jenny says:

    Enter me in the drawing! I used the Avent bottles for my first 2 kids and thought they worked great, although my husband had trouble getting them closed properly since they have a vent ring in the lid, and then we ended up with more milk on the baby than in the baby. These look like a better alternative!

  6. yechiel deana lamm says:

    i have twin boys that were premature and it was hard for them to feed. i tried every bottle and finally found the dr. browns. that is all my kids use now i would love to have these

  7. Jessie G. says:

    For me, I like the slow flow of Dr. Brown’s bottles. They were a lifesaver for my son!

  8. melzalk1 says:

    Ease in cleaning is what I look for in a bottle.

  9. Tina W. says:

    I look for BPA free first in bottles and pacifiers, because I can’t believe what some companies put into infant products.

  10. sigrid says:

    These would be great for when I go back to work after this little one is born! (6 weeks of DBL is a pathetic maternity leave).

  11. Bethanie Constant says:

    Definitely looking for good bottles and nipples for when I return to work.

  12. Courtney says:

    I’ve heard nothing but great things and only registered for the Dr Brown’s bottles so hopefully when this little one comes out s/he will like them! Winning them would be a great way to find out;)

  13. kimberly pugliese says:

    I lvoe dr brown’s because they have great nipples and really reduced on the air baby takes in when sucking!

  14. Jennifer Hodges says:

    Everyone I talk to that already has a baby loves Dr. Browns! I’m definitely going to use it with our first little man!

  15. Jillian S says:

    I am looking for a nipple that wont confuse my baby

  16. Angela says:

    I look for the safest bottles possible. That is why I registered for Dr. Browns!

  17. nici r says:

    I look for bottles that will help against colic and don’t have bad chemicals. I love Dr. Brown!!!

  18. Andrea says:

    I look for bottles that have slow flow and do not have harmful chemicals in them

  19. Kendra says:

    Love these bottles. Help with gassy babies.

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