You will need bottles, whether you choose to breastfeed or not. Which ones should you use? There are a lot of different types and styles. First, you have to think about what type of bottle is right for you.
- Pros: They are the original. They are chemical free and dishwasher safe. Formula and breast milk store well in them, both, in the refrigerator or the freezer.
- Cons: They can break or chip and are heavy.
- Pros: Lightweight. Economical. Despite the cons, they are the most popular.
- Cons: It seems there is just one, but it’s a biggie. The plastic can break down, posing a risk that your baby might ingest chemicals that leak into the formula from the plastic. Despite the ban on BPA’s being used in the manufacturing of baby bottles, skeptics are still wary of their safety regarding toxins being released into the formula. Never warm formula in plastic bottles. Do not store formula in bottles, pour it in just before feeding your baby. Discard any unused formula. Wash bottles using a gentle soap (low in ph) in warm water and never expose them to high heat (i.e. the dishwasher).
Stainless Steel Bottles:
- Pros: No risk of chemical exposure. Formula/breast milk stays warm or cold longer. Can go in the dishwasher. They’re trendy.
- Cons: They are heavier than glass. You can’t see what’s in them. They are expensive.
Once you decide which type of bottle you will use, you still have a style to choose. Vented, wide-mouth, or just a regular old style bottle? Parents has a Q&A article on all things bottle. You might want to take a read.
The first question? How the heck do I know which bottle to use? Their answer? Trial and error. 😉
You’ll get it all figured out. In the meantime, go take a nap! Those late night feedings are going to mean short nights! Rest easy knowing the information and support you need will be right herewaiting for you, any time, day or night.