Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Best bottle I've found
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
Member Name: catrocks03
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
Advantages: Great quality, widely available, teats mimic breast feeding
I hadn't bought any bottles when preparing for my sons arrival. I planned to breastfeed and was told by all the heath professionals that breastfeeding came naturally to a baby and any problems could be easily resolved with their help. Luckily I was given a few bottles because it didnt turn out quite that simple!
Tyler refused to feed from me pretty much completly. After 12 hours the nurse tried to get me to express and use a syringe to get any milk which came out, this was futile as my milk hadnt come in and i was only making tiny amounts of colustrum. She then gently suggested we give him a bit of formula, I was upset but just wanted my baby to stop crying and be satisfied so we gave him a little formula from a cup. I was in hospital for a week multiple times I had midwives trying to help, he might latch on but only for a minute. In the end we used a nipple shield which is kind of like a bottle teat, he'd fall asleep on this within minutes then wake up very quickly hungry for more and the cycle wouldnt end. Many nights fearful of waking other babies in the ward I'd go get formula. At home I continued combination feeding for 3 months but my milk supply was getting lower and he'd always fall asleep on me so I ended up switching completly to bottles.
I used quite a few different bottles before finding the one that was right for us. I had leaky bottles, bottles which Tyler simply didnt like and bottles which I was convinced you'd need to be a mechanic to know how to put together. In the end I opted for these Tommee Tippee closer to nature. Id bought a breast pump and a bottle I liked came with it so I got some more larger ones.
The bottles are simple just consisting of the bottle, the ring and the teat. The bottle has a slight curve in the middle which makes it easier to hold- both for you and for baby as they get old enough to hold it themselves.
The bottles have measurements on the side in oz and in ml so you can measure out how much milk your making for the baby and see how much theyve taken with ease.
Mine are clear but you can get them in blue and pink. They're not particuarly cheap- a 4 pack of these 9oz bottles are going on Amazon for £22.99. However for me they were wothit. I got them over a year ago and we still use one for nightime now (which I really need to cut out!). Despite having them for so long none have broken.
You can get two different sizes of this bottle (5oz and 9oz). You may find the small bottle more convient when your baby is young and only taking small amounts. You may also find it useful to provide a drink of water in this instead (formula fed babies need water).
You do have to change teats after a while- the first teats are slow flow and eventually Tyler started to get impatient and wanted the milk out quicker. I found with the size 2 teats some of them would go inwards- I never worked out why but it didnt happen with any other sizes! Teats can be bought seperatly from bottles, a 2 pack will cost beween £2.99-£3.99.
The good thing about these closer to nature teats are they mimic natural breastfeeding, these can be especialy convinient for mothers wishing to combination feed but worry that using a bottle will take away their babies ability to latch on to the breast properly.
I cant give a full five stars simply because they are very pricey but because they are good quality and long lasting I'll give them 4.
Summary: A good quality bottle that will last!