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I have used these bottles with all three of my children because I have found that I am able to express milk and give them it from a bottle without it impacting the breastfeeding. I feel this is due to the bottles and how similar to the breast they are for the baby, hence the name 'closer to nature'
I have always exclusively breastfed my children to at least 5 months of age but wanted other people to be able to be involved in the feeding so always expressed milk to be given from a bottle.
Health visitors do not seem to recommend this as they say that babies suck the breast differently to how they do a bottle therefore it can cause confusion. This is the reason I chose these bottles to help minimize any problems whilst still enabling other people to be involved in feeding.
The bottles are available in a lot of places, I have always bought mine from Asda just because they are reasonably priced and easy for me to get. You can also get them online or from chemists such as Boots or Superdrug. They are not particularly cheap the starter set is approximately £20 this comes with 6 bottles. The teat is made from silicone so it feels natural which is ideal for combination feeding. The shape of the teat is very similar to the nipple.
The other good thing about these bottles is that they have an anti colic valve and vent which means they reduce colic in babies. The bottles can hold up to 8OZ of milk, they are available in smaller sizes for when the baby is small and these ones take up to 5OZ.
All three of my children have loved these bottles and I have had no problems at all in combining feeding with these bottles whilst breastfeeding. I introduced them quite early on (approx 6 weeks of age) and all 3 babies adapted really well to them. As they use the bottles you can see the little air bubbles coming out so the anti colic seems to work well.
It is very easy to see from the numbers on the front of the bottle how much milk is in there.
The bottles are very good quality and have lasted as long as I needed them. I have never had a problem with colic so I can only assume that the bottles work, my children have always winded easily.
When you are feeding the bottle to the baby they are very comfortable to hold and due to the shape they are very easy to clean out after use. There are different teats available so you can change them to faster flowing ones as you child gets older whilst still having the anti colic teat.
I would definitely recommend these bottles to anyone with a baby of any age.
My partner and i brought these for our daughter when she was a few weeks old because she kept gulping on the normal bottles and after being told about these bottles from our midwife we decided to try them, the difference between these bottles and the normal bottles is that these bottles have a tube inside which changes colour when the milk is the right temperature, the tube also helps with colic as it traps the air in the bottle so baby is not sucking in the air.
The bottles come in packs of two or four like the normal bottles i got a pack of four from superdrug for £22.99 and a pack of two from asda for £10.48
The bottles themselves are comfortable to hold and easy to clean with the sterilising brush and the small brush that comes with the bottles is very good for the tubes and teats.
However after a few times in the steriliser i have noticed the bottles start to go cloudy and lose colour.
The teats are silicone and just like the nipple so it is great for mums who are breast feeding and topping up with formula.
The anti colic tubes change colour when the milk is different temperature its blue when it is cold, purple when it is just right and pink when it is too hot which was right to start with but over the time i have been using the bottles the tubes are not accurate they are blue when it is too cold but when i have warmed the bottle and the tube goes purple i have tested it and it is still too cold only when it turns pink have i been able to give it to my daughter because that is when its at the right temperature for her.
I would recommend these bottles to people whose baby suffers from colic but i would also suggest checking the milk even with the colour tube.
When my son was born it was pretty much my intention to solely breastfeed, so I only had a few basics for bottle feeding 'just in case'. However, within a few weeks, I had decided to combination feed a little (we 'topped him up' for a few weeks and then he would have a bottle feed before bed). He did suffer with wind a fair bit, so when we were giving him a few more bottles, I decided to invest in these anti-colic bottles to help him.
The bottles themselves aren't cheap. They can be purchased in packs of two for £12-£13 so if you need more than two, it can become quite an expensive purchase! They can be purchased online as well as in shops like mothercare and some supermarkets. The bottles are by Tommee Tippee and follow the same design as all Tommee Tippee bottles - with a teat that closely resembles the nipple so good for combination feeding. These are made from silicone so are soft and feel natural.
Inside the bottle is a thin 'tube' that is the 'unique anti colic valve and vent' that help baby to feed without pausing. On the tube there are strips that are heat sensitive, so are red when the milk is too hot and blue/black when it is the right temperature.
The bottles hold 260ml and are BPA free.
My son took to these bottles very well and they definitely helped us to combination feed with good success. I liked the temperature strips in the middle of the bottle as it enabled me to tell at a glance whether the milk was cool enough for my son to drink or not. It was really clear and easy to use.
I also found the bottles themselves really comfortable to hold and easy to use. As for the anti-colic effectiveness, it certainly seemed to help my son to suffer from less wind. He was able to drink a whole bottle almost without pausing and seemed to really get on with these. You can see (and hear) the air coming through the vent into the milk as the bubbles are really obvious. Although all wind problems did not completely disappear, they certainly lessened, so overall I was happy with the performance of the bottle in this way.
The bottles are easy to wash using the Tommee Tippee bottle brush as the smaller brush cleans the tube nicely. However, over time, the bottles do discolour and go cloudy, so we have replaced them on a couple of occasions to keep them looking fresh.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these and if I were to bottle feed a very small baby again, I would definitely be using these.
In my opinion, the Tommee Tippee anti colic feeding bottles are the best anti colic bottles on the market! I originally bought the standard Tommee Tippee newborn starter set ready for the arrival of my son but after a few days of using them I found that he had trouble parting with his wind. I tried many off the different available anti-colic remedies and bottles that are currently on the market (including some very pricey ones) until I came across these. They worked a treat and my son got his wind up with no trouble at all. The bottle includes an antic colic valve and vent tube which has a cap on the bottom, this cap is the only difference I found between this brand and others I have tried. The anti colic vent tube even has heat sensing pads attached which tell you if the bottle is too cold, too hot or just right! No more testing the temperature on the wrist! A brilliant product at a reasonable price that I would recommend to all.