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Which bottle to choose when breastfeeding?

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Bottle choice is important for babies who are breastfed, as it can impact their ability to transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. There are several types of baby bottles on the market, each with its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we'll walk you through what to look for to find the perfect bottle for your baby when breastfeeding.

  1. Glass or plastic bottles

When choosing a bottle for your baby, you have the choice between glass or plastic bottles. Glass bottles are considered more hygienic because they are easier to clean and do not retain odors. They are also durable and scratch resistant. However, they are heavier and more expensive than plastic bottles.

Plastic bottles are cheaper and lighter than glass bottles. However, they can retain odors and be more difficult to clean. It's important to choose food-grade plastic bottles that are free of bisphenol A (BPA) and other harmful chemicals.

  1. The shape of the teat

The shape of the bottle nipple is also important for breastfed babies. Flat or asymmetrical teats are the most recommended, as they mimic the shape of the mother's breast and allow the baby to suckle in the same way as at the breast. It's also important to choose a pacifier that's the right size for your baby's age and size.

  1. Wide neck or narrow neck baby bottles

Wide neck bottles are easier to fill and clean than narrow neck bottles. They can also be more comfortable for the baby because they allow better air circulation when sucking. However, nipples for wide-necked bottles may be more difficult to find in stores.

  1. Bottles with anti-colic valves

Breastfed babies may be more susceptible to colic than bottle-fed babies because they are used to suckling differently. Bottles with anti-colic valves can help prevent colic by reducing the amount of air the baby swallows during the feed. These valves are often integrated into the bottle teat or into the neck.

In conclusion, the choice of bottle for a breastfed baby is important. Glass or plastic bottles, the shape of the teat, the neck of the bottle and the anti-colic valves are all things to consider when buying a bottle. It's also important to choose a bottle that's food-grade and free of harmful chemicals. If you are unsure about the choice of bottle, do not hesitate to seek advice from your pediatrician or a health professional.

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