When Olive was around four months old she went on a total bottle strike. I had been pumping like crazy and had a solid stash in the freezer that I was dying to use so that I could get a bit of time to myself, but my little babe had other plans. She would scream and go crazy if we even tried to bottle feed her – it was such an intense battle and was a very trying time for all of us.
During this period I tried everything, and eventually bought the following four bottles with the hope that we might find one that she would tolerate. I focused on bottles that were the most “breast like” as well as bottles that offered an alternative to plastic. I think that it’s normal for people to go through a few different bottles before finding one that works, but I thought that I would outline our process in case it is helpful in any way.
Out of all of the bottles that we tried this one won hands down. Made of 100% food grade silicone, this bottle has a breast like shape and anti colic vents. It is very simple to clean and has easy to read measurements. This bottle won for us because the bottle itself is squeezable (most bottles are hard shelled). As it was so difficult to get Olive to accept the bottle, we had to find a way to show her that it was breast milk inside. The Comotomo allowed us to squeeze a little bit of milk out onto her tongue which made her realize that she actually liked what was inside and that she was interested in drinking more. This was the only bottle that I found that offered this “squeezing” method.
The Comotomo comes in two different sizes and has a click on lid that actually stays in place during travel.
I love this bottle simple because it is made of glass, which is my absolute favourite for feeding baby. It comes with a dishwasher safe silicone sleeve to protect it from breaking (as baby is probably going to drop this on the floor a few times), and to make grasping easier for little baby hands. I would have loved for this to be our bottle of choice, but Olive was not a fan of the nipple (which isn’t very breast-like) and it didn’t have the “squeeze” capability that the Comotomo has. I used these bottles primarily for pumping, and we still occasionally use this as a sippy cup.
The Lifefactory bottle on the left shows the nipple attachment, and the bottle on the right shows the sippy cup attachment.
The Mumijumi bottle is an incredibly life-like bottle designed to look and feel exactly like the mothers breast. This bottle is made of BPA free plastic (the nipple is silicone), which makes it my least favourite right off of the bat, as I am pretty adamant about leading a plastic free life. But at the time I was desperate to try anything, and if Olive had loved this extremely life like bottle I would have been all for it. Sadly, this bottle was also a no go for my picky little babe!
The Pura Kiki products are interesting because they are made out of stainless steel and can accommodate a number of different brands of nipples, which is very helpful if your baby has a nipple preference. They also have a handy silicone sleeve that makes the bottle easier for baby to hold. Even though this bottle didn’t work for feeding milk when Olive was an infant, we use it now as a sippy cup.
The bottle on the left shows the Pura Kiki nipple attachment, and the bottle on the right shows the sippy cup attachment.
Note: As I was doing my pre baby research I came across the review site Baby Gear Lab. I love their in depth reviews of all things “green baby.” They review everything from the best diapers, breast pumps, strollers, bottles and baby monitors. Definitely worth checking out!