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Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016
Let me tell you my journey through baby bottles.
Baby bottles. Easy enough, right? You just pick one, dump your milk into it, and feed your baby. What's the big deal!
Wrong. My baby was born early. We supplemented formula for a few days in the hospital while my milk came in to help her gain weight. She used the ready to feed bottles with Similac nipples like a champ. What a big, good eater our tiny baby was!
Fast forward to home. Avent Natural Bottles. The nipple was too big and she cried. Her tiny mouth didn't fit. We went back to 2 ounce milk collection bottles with Similac nipples from the hospital and she was happy again.
We tried Dr Brown nipples at first because they were recommended so highly online. I HATE those nipples and my baby again developed horrible gas and reflux when using them. I threw them away and went back to our bag of free Similac nipples and she was happy.
Her appetite increased and I tried the Avent bottles again. She tried so hard. They gave her bad gas and she cried and cried despite gas drops.
I changed to Playtex Ventaire and did the extra work of washing them at night (it's a lot of washing and drying with those bottle pieces) but she seemed to do okay and I could give her one bottle instead of 2-3. Her gas was reduced and we used them exclusively for 6 weeks.
After 6 weeks she was struggling to finish her bottles, taking 40 minutes to eat 4 ounces, and falling asleep. I went to the next nipple size up and it was too fast and choked her. I went back to the slowest flow and she started falling asleep again and Id dump out half of her hard earned Breast milk.
On outings, I would toss the milk collection containers and Similac nipples in her cooler bag and run out. She could finish her milk so easily from them that I didn't mind giving her multiple bottles.
Finally I discovered that her Similac nipples fit on the Medela collection containers. We ordered the 2.7 ouncers and added them to our 4 remaining 2 ouncers from the hospital. Then I saw these and realized the nipples still fit.
She now drinks 5-6 ounces out of these bottles easily. I am convinced the container doesn't matter as much as the nipple, but as a preemie and newborn the Similac nipples worked and why not now?
If I had it tI do over I would order Medela bottles because they fit the Similac nipples and that's all I would use to feed her. Instead I have bookoos of expensive bottles she doesn't like or that give her gas and make her cry.
She seems completely content and able to control the flow and that is my killer combination - Medela bottles and Similac nipples. So easy. Easy to wash. Happy baby. Worth reviewing.