Dr. Brown's vs. VentAire vs. Breastflow
In the first month and a half of my baby's life, we went through an enormous challenge trying to breastfeed, but, due to low milk supply (yes, I tried Fenugreek and a bunch of other stuff!), switched to mostly formula. We experimented with a bunch of bottles, so here is a comparison review:
Least Favorite: The First Years Breastflow The First Years Breastflow BPA Free Bottle 3-Pack, 5 Oz
We tried the Breastflow first because it was recommended by my lactation specialist as being the closest to the breast. In that respect, it does have an advantage. I haven't seen any other bottles on the market designed to mimic the mother's nipple the way these are. However, there were other problems with this bottle that ultimately made it my least favorite. Primarily, the flow was extremely variable. At times we would find it was flowing so fast my daughter would be dribbling everywhere, and then at the next feeding it would be so slow she could barely get anything out. This was ultimately very frustrating and we decided to move on.
Just Okay: Playtex VentAire Playtex BPA Free VentAire ADVANCED Wide Bottles 9 oz - 3 Pack (Colors Vary)
The second type of bottle we tried was the VentAire. We stuck with the wide nipple to hopefully continue to support breastfeeding. Luckily for us, though, our baby adapted really well to different types of nipples and didn't really have more trouble latching after switching to primarily using bottles. The nipple shape may be a bigger issue for some babies. We liked the flow of the VentAire better since it seemed more consistent. However, the nipples were constantly getting clogged! Some occasional clogging is inevitable if you're using formula, but we found ourselves having to unclog before almost every feeding, then sometimes in the middle of the feeding as well. It was frustrating to us and to our baby when her meal got interrupted.
Our Favorite: Dr. Brown's Dr. Brown's BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Wide Neck Bottle, 8 oz - 3-Pack
The Dr. Brown's have definitely been our favorite bottles overall. The flow of the Level 1 nipple was very consistent and when our daughter turned 3 months old we switched to the Level 2 with much success. It is very rare that we have a clogged nipple or a leak, although those things do happen once in a while. It is a little bit of a hassle to clean the extra parts, but the dishwasher racks are very helpful with that.
A note on gas:
Both VentAire and Dr. Brown's claim to help reduce gas and spit-up. I have no idea if either made any difference with our daughter. She spat up sometimes before we switched to these bottles, and she still spits up sometimes now. As our pediatrician says, "It's what babies do." People who have had babies with severe colic or other issues may have been able to notice a bigger change due to the bottle design, but we didn't see much.
great transition bottle from drop-ins
The wide neck bottle provides a wider nipple. My baby was originally using the playtex drop-ins, but we had to switch because of his acid reflux, the transition to these nipples was effortless, he did not even know the difference. Also, the nipple is like his soothie pacifier nipple. great purchase!
Instant relief - Heaven sent
Amazing bottles. I purchased three wide neck bottles for my daughter who was struggling with her newborn. He has a tongue tie which made not only breast feeding but also bottle feeding a huge struggle. He fought the breast and teat constantly and made huge sucking noises resulting in a tummy full of air. He took to these bottles immediately. The longer teat seemed to help and the venting system is simply magic. We live in Australia and they are quite expensive, hence the three bottle trial. Within a day of using these bottles we placed an online order with OnlineShopDealer and can't wait for the delivery to arrive. They were less than one third of the price we pay in Australia, even including the postage. I included travel caps, stage 2 teats and microwave sterilizing bags in the order to get more bang for my delivery dollar.
We don't find the extra parts a problem at all and have had no problems with leaks. There is always a mountain of washing up and washing involved with a baby anyway.
The secret seems to be to heat up the water only without a lid of any kind. We then add the formula to the warm water and stir with a sterilized feeding spoon. Add the venting system and teat and you are good to go.
These bottles are an absolute must for all newborns. Why struggle with tummy aches at all. I will be buying Dr Browns as a gift for all new mums I know prior to the birth of their bubs.
After exclusively breast feeding my daughter for 8 weeks I had to return to work and tried introducing my daughter to the bottle. We tried Born Free and they made her so gassy! With Dr. Brown's she has hardly any gas and no problems switching between breast and bottle and I really believe the wide version helps with that. There are a lot of parts to clean but it is definitely worth it.
Love these! Just wish they could connect to my pump.
These bottles are great! I do wish that they had adapters to use them for pumping. But they help tremendously with gas. Ever since I started using the Dr. Brown's bottles, my son has had minimal gas. He'll burp 2/3 times after feedings. Some people say they leak, but you just have to be sure that the inner tube is pushed in tight with the round beige insert that lets the milk flow to the nipple, and that it is snug in the mouth of the bottle. Also, be sure to pull the nipple all the way up through the ring that seals the bottle.
I did notice that if you warm the milk in the bottle in hot water, the change in temperature can make the milk go up the inner air vent tube. I just make sure that I don't screw the white ring on tight while warming so that the pressure can equalize. Then once the milk is the temperature I want, I'll tighten it.
Also, because the bottles are thick, it may take a little longer for the milk to warm. But really not a big deal since I just make my milk room temperature. Love these bottle though! Very durable, and I just use the dishwasher trays to clean all the parts.
Amazing bottles for breastfed babies!
My 2.5 month olf daughter is 100% breastfed & when we occasionally go out & i can't breastfeed her i use the original Dr. Brown bottles. Well last week she decided she hated them & refused them completely! I did my research on the Tommee Tees, ventaire & Dr. Browns. Hands down the Dr. Browns had the best reviews & they were 100% on point!! The first couple of times my daughter cried before accepting the bottle, but the the third time she took it right away! Woohoo!! The nipple is very soft and she has to do a similar motion with it like she does when breastfeeding. The cleaning isn't that difficult & to me it's worth the extra 2 minutes to clean all the parts, so long as my daughter accepts the bottle. This is a definite must have for breastfed babies!!!
First time mom here. I had my mind set on the Tommee Tippee bottles because how nice they were and they were wide bottles, I didn't bother to look anywhere else but just at those. Of course BRU sells you on them as well. Everything was going good, the first couple of weeks til I noticed that my one month old son was throwing up like crazy. Long story short, he has acid reflux so I was recommended by the dr to change bottles and we did so. My son is now 3 months and I haven't seen him throw up like that since we made the switch. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT
Drastic difference in gassy baby
I was using Avent bottles because I bought the Avent breast pump. (Which I love by the way). I was having a horrible time with a gassy baby. I refused to believe it was because of the bottles because I loved how simple the avent bottles are to put together and wash.
After complaining to her pediatrician about her gas, she suggested Dr. Brown's bottles. I decided to see what the hype was about. (My friends also swear by them.) It was an instant difference. I have sanity now! She doesn't scream with gas pains after feeding. For all the complaints about the "parts" inside, I don't see the problem. Compared to Avent which has 4 parts, there's just one more. There is a nipple, rim, bottle, round object, and a tube. It's not really that big of a deal to me.
I like the wide neck bottle because it fits into my diaper bag better since it's shorter. It also seems like the baby's "latch" looks more like a breastfeeding latch than the other skinny bottles. (I might be crazy - that's just my impression.)
If there's a negative it would be that they leak occasionally. I am not taking a star away because I believe that's just a side effect of the way the anti-colic bottles have to be designed to release air out somewhere besides the end of the nipple. They leak just as often as the polypropelene Avent. It's always easy to fix by unscrewing it and screwing it back together.
I only buy these.
Learn't the hard way first time experimenting with different bottles. I stuck to Dr. Browns second time around and have no complaints. Hard to clean, but you don't have to do this every time you feed. It saves your child from reflux and I know it first hand.
Like it. Would recommend to everyone.
Loving these. Easy to hold, clean and my baby likes the wide nipple. I would recommend to all new moms and dads