In light of a recent request for a post on bottle preferences? I present…a post on bottle preferences.
It was a Sunday night, Cody and I were staring each other down, bleary eyed at 3 am. While it wasn’t said out loud, I know we were both wondering about the return policy on a newborn. We didn’t know it at the time but there was a serious problem with my milk supply and also several underlying problems with Vivi, one of them being jaundice. (Which in case you’re not familiar, jaundice babies are known for falling fast asleep as soon as their food source hits their mouths. Vivi was totally guilty of this.)
Up until that point I had been hell bent on nursing Vivi exclusively by employing means of finger feeding, SNS tubes and cup feeding all in an effort to not taint my baby with the dreaded bottle. But that night at 3 am, I just..couldn’t…do…it. My nipples were raw, tender and sore. My eyes were swollen from sleeplessness and crying over this little baby that needed what I wasn’t able to give her. Cody asked “Do we have a bottle?”
“Noooo!” I sobbed. “My boobs! They’re supposed work! I don’t have any bottles!”
Then I remembered months earlier a friend had given me a Born Free glass bottle that I had stuffed it in the back of the closet because the only bottle I was going to use? Was in my bra. But I was defeated. I knew a worn and beat down mom was no good to anyone so I resigned myself to handing over a bottle, all the while telling myself it would not break my baby and I’d start fresh in the morning.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Amazing what two hours of uninterrupted sleep can do for a new mom’s clarity. We were able to continue on with nursing and I was able to keep my sanity.
The next day Cody said “I was impressed with that bottle you gave me last night. So sturdy!”
Now Cody isn’t impressed by much, let alone baby gear, so that he was impressed by a bottle? That’s saying something.
With Addie we used a combination of Playtex bottles with removable liners and Avent bottles.
This is where I digress and say that Avent bottles are not very well revered in our house. If we didn’t get the lid on those things juuuust right they spewed their contents everywhere and all over you when you shook them. Cody doesn’t swear much, unless he had a leaky Avent bottle in his hand. I just polled twitter and it turns out we’re not alone in our dislike. One person even said there’s a YouTube video that shows you how to use the bottles correctly, apparently they’ve changed their design to be leak free but sadly they lost me six years ago after standing in my kitchen covered in milk one too many times.
When it was apparent that I was going to have severe milk supply issues I knew that we were going to have to have more than one bottle on hand. Carrying around glass bottles seemed arduous so I decided to try a different bottle brand (Tommee Tippee.) Vivi let me know how she felt about my new choice by sputtering through her first few sucks, barfing all over me and giving me a look that said “Woman, gimme your boob, gimme the glass or gimme nothing.”
I returned them the next day and invested in nothing but glass bottles. They just feel better, not to mention Vivi doesn’t ever barf on me after using one. We won’t be switching bottles or brands any time soon.
For those of you who use bottles, are you brand loyal? Did you have to experience a few failures before finding what worked best for you?