I’m sharing the results of a pregnancy survey I created when I was expecting Grace. 34 women shared their thoughts and now I want to hear yours! The most popular answers are listed first and include the number of people who responded with that answer.
You can catch up on the entire series here: Part 1 (books & maternity clothes), Part 2 (where to register & buy furniture), Part 3 (diapers), Part 4 (bottles & formula), Part 5 (regrets & raspberry tea), Part 6 (hospital bag & visitors).
What is your favorite bottle brand? For those who breastfeed did you still find having bottles helpful?
- Bottles While Breastfeeding – YES!!
- Playtex (with drop in liners) – 11
- Avent – 7
- Playtex VentAire – 2
- Evenflo – 2
- Dr. Browns (bottle w/straw) – 2
- Parent’s Choice
- Baby Refused a Bottle – 2
- Never Used a Bottle
- TIP: Buy only big bottles so you can use them longer.
- TIP: Try a couple kinds to see what your baby will take.
- TIP: Introduce a bottle somewhat early so the baby will take a bottle or breast. – 2
- TIP: Don’t use a bottle until 3-4 weeks old. – 2
- TIP: “Try to get all the same kind of bottle. We tried a few kinds and sorting the tops and nipples are a pain. Sometimes they might seem to fit and then the bottle will leak.”
Rebekah’s Thoughts: I felt like my research told me I should get the Playtex bottles with the drop in liners. I didn’t want to have the continuous expense of buying the liners and the waste of throwing them out. So I was going to get the Playtex Venti, but the reviews online weren’t that good. Apparently they leak and the numbers rub off after a couple of weeks. So I went with MAM. A girlfriend from work suggested them.
We didn’t end up getting any bottles off of our registry, so I used an Avent bottle we were given as a gift for registering at Babies R Us. Since I stay home with Grace we didn’t need to give her a bottle often. We used that same bottle every single time we feed her. Is that crazy that we only used ONE bottle??
I plan to breastfeed, but if I need to use formula how do I choose the right brand? What did you use?
- Ingredients in All Brands are Similar – 5
- Similac – 10
- Nestle Goodstart w/ Natural Cultures – 5
- Parent’s Choice (Walmart’s Brand) – 4
- Enfamil – 2
- Costco Brand
- TIP: Buy smaller containers first to be sure baby won’t be too gassy. – 2
- TIP: Get free samples online or from doctor’s offices.
- TIP: Seek breastfeeding support before introducing formula and you may be able to improve your situation.
Rebekah’s Thoughts: We never used any formula with Grace. I pumped once a day for 13 months so that I would have a good frozen stash if there was ever an issue with her nursing. Of course that didn’t turn out quite how I expected. Moms, be sure to educate yourself about excess lipase in breast milk if you ever do any pumping!
I received a lot of formula samples when I had Grace and just received two in the mail this week for baby #2! My tip for breastfeeding mothers is: save your samples. Don’t pull them out when you are feeling tired, frustrated, or you’re having milk supply issues. Seek support during those times. Instead keep the formula on hand in case of an emergency (an accident, illness, or need to return to work unexpectedly). Keep an eye on the expiration dates and be sure to pass them on to someone in need before they expire.
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