I kind of became a bottle snob with my first baby. It’s not something I intended on doing, but when I was pregnant with her I registered for a few different types of bottles and called it a day. I made sure to steer clear from Dr. Brown’s bottles because there was no way I was cleaning 75 parts every time I wanted to use a bottle. Plus, I didn’t intend on using that many bottles anyway because I was going to breastfeed.
When my daughter arrived things changed. I ended up using bottles frequently as I battled D-MER while breastfeeding (you can read about that here) and all the bottles I thought would be good, she either didn’t like or she took in too much air while drinking from them. After about 6 different types of bottles, I broke down and bought the one with 75 different parts to clean and never looked back. I swore after having so much success with Dr. Brown’s bottles that I would never buy any other bottle for any future kids we would have. Then, our Son came along.
After I had stocked up on all the cute boy designs of Dr. Brown’s bottles, Rowan decided he was going to be my difficult baby. We started having a hard time switching from a bottle to my breast. He was developing a little bit of nipple confusion and feeding him either way started becoming an issue. When I was approached by The First Years to review their Breast Flow Bottles, I was initially going to turn them down. That’s the bottle snob coming through. If Dr. Brown’s bottles weren’t working with Rowan, I highly doubted any other bottle would either. Before I sent my email declining the offer, I did a little research on the Breast Flow Bottles and I was intrigued. I decided to go for it, the worst that could happen is he wouldn’t like these bottles either.
What intrigued me the most about these bottles is the nipple shape. It is shaped just like your breast and uses suction and compression just like breastfeeding. The two part nipple allows your baby to control the flow just like he does on your breast. This was great for Rowan as other bottles basically poured into his mouth causing him to get too much milk too fast. The very first use of this bottle Rowan latched immediately and ate like a dream. It was glorious. It also allows him to switch from bottle to breast without an issue. One of my favorite parts about this bottle is the fact that he latches to it so well that milk doesn’t spill out of his mouth and down his face onto his clothes.
In addition to a great design for babies, the wide bottle makes for a comfortable hold for Mom and Dad, and the best part just might be the fact that there aren’t 75 parts to clean, there’s three. Yep, just three parts and your done. I can’t believe how much time was being spent washing bottles until I had bottles that didn’t require a million parts to clean. Now, not only do I have a happy baby that can transition between bottle and breast, but I’m happy Mom who doesn’t spend hours at the sink washing said bottle. I have officially added The First Years to my bottle snob list. It’s a keeper.