There have been recent studies that show that plastics leach into our food and can be hormone disrupters. It is thought that heating food in plastic can be especially dangerous. The problematic chemical is called Bisphenol-A and is found in most plastic baby bottles. EnvironmentCalifornia.org advises consumers to avoid Avent, Dr. Brown’s, First Years, Munchkin, and Umix brand bottles. Polypropolene bottles are considered safe, but avoid those that have a cloudy appearance and/or are squeezable (Medela, Sassy, and NewBornfree.com do not make bottles with BPA). You can get glass bottles from Evenflo or BornFree to be completely safe.
If that wasn’t enough to worry about when picking bottles for your child, breastfeeding mothers should remember these tips to avoid nipple confusion:
- Always use slow flow (newborn, or Level 1) nipples – even as baby ages
- Use a long nipple with a wide base
- Wait until breastfeeding is well-established and baby is at least 4 weeks old
- Have your partner do the bottle-feeding so that baby doesn’t get mixed messages from mom
- Follow these tips for positioning, etc.
- Even better, use alternate methods of supplemental feeding
Don’t forget to pump each time your baby takes a bottle to keep your supply up.
We use Playtex Ventaire bottles (which are polypropolene) with the NaturalShape Wide silicone nipples. Jack only gets bottles at daycare and when he is home with his dad on Fridays (or during the few occasions that I manage to get some free time on weekends). I have only tried to give him a bottle once, while we were on a car trip, and he refused to take it. That was just fine with me!