Using Bottles While Breastfeeding: Your Best Options

There are so many styles and shapes of nipples and bottles to choose from! How do you know which is best for your breastfed baby? This issue will help you be prepared with the right equipment the next time baby takes a bottle.

With so many options on the market today, many breastfeeding moms wonder what they should use when they need to give baby a bottle. While babies are breastfeeding, they have a wide-open latch with their lips flanged out. Because of this position, it is best to use a wide-based nipple on a bottle to help the transition between breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

Below are several great options I recommend:

  • Medela – wide-base nipple that fits on both their bottles and other standard sized bottles
  • Nuk – Two variations: one that fits on a standard bottle; another that has a wider opening that only fits their bottle size
  • Playtex Vent Air – wide-based nipple with their bottle size. This is considered a good option because babies have to suck on the nipple more similar to how they nurse at the breast.
  • Avent – wide-based nipple with their bottle size
  • The First Years – unique nipple inside another nipple which is supposed to mimic baby nursing at the breast with their lips flanged out and using more of a sucking motion
  • Tommee Tippee – even wider base nipple that requires baby to have their mouth wide open and lips flanged out

I’ve seen a lot of moms using the Doctor Brown bottle and nipple, which is not a wide base nipple. I feel a baby does not have to have a straw in their bottle to prevent gas. When bottle feeding a baby, if the bottle stays tilted upwards and the nipple is full of milk and not air, there should not be an excessive amount of air entering baby’s tummy.

If you are unsure of the bottles you have (you may have received quite a few at your baby shower!) or need help on purchasing some, consider making an appointment for a consultation so I can provide personal help on what is going on with your individual situation.

Also see our article on bottle feeding:
March/April 2011 – What to do when a breastfeeding baby refuses to take a bottle

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime with your concerns. I am here to assist you in any way I can.

(402) 707-1696 or contact me.