Why I Trust Avent Baby Bottles for My Breastfed Baby
I have had quite the journey when it comes to feeding my babies. My oldest was breastfed for three months but then was switched to formula when I had to go back to work. My second baby had a very difficult time breastfeeding from the start, and was fully on formula by a week old (that’s a much longer story for another time). My third baby breastfed for 10 months, but had a bottle of formula now and again. My fourth baby is still breastfeeding, but has a bottle of pumped milk whenever I am not available to breastfeed.
My bottles of choice? Avent baby bottles. I have used Avent bottles for 8+ years now. I have tried other bottles, but no others came close to the natural nipple shape that closely mimic a mother’s breast. Not one of my babies had difficulty using these bottles, easily transitioning from being breastfed to bottle fed without any issues.
I also like how comfortable the Avent bottles are to hold, for both mom or dad and baby. I LOVE how easy they are to clean as well. There aren’t a thousand pieces to try to take apart to clean, unlike some other kinds of bottles. I can rinse them out and then put them in the dishwasher for a deep clean.
When I was contacted to write about Avent baby bottles and more, I couldn’t say no. I was already very familiar with the brand and already using their products! I was very grateful for the samples they sent me to write this post so I could share my experience with you.
About Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles
Avent Natural baby bottles have wide, breast-shaped nipples that make it easy for baby to latch-on. The unique comfort ‘petals’ inside the nipple increase softness and flexibility without collapse, making it similar to a breast. It also touts an advanced anti-colic system with innovative twin valve allows air into the bottle and not in baby’s tummy.
The bottles, which are BPA free, are also ergonomically designed so that parents and babies can comfortably hold them. Since they only have a few parts and have wide necks, they are very easy to clean.
Avent Natural bottles are available in 3 sizes: 4oz, 9oz, and 11oz. All Avent baby bottles are available in single and multi packs and can be found in multiple retailers. Learn more here.
Breastfeeding Tip: If you are going to pump breast milk for the baby to drink from a bottle, try to introduce the first bottle at around 4 weeks. That gives you plenty of time to establish your breastfeeding routine and won’t cause confusion for the baby. Also, start with a slow flow nipple and a small amount of breast milk to start.
More Avent Products for Breastfeeding Moms
Besides Avent bottles, there are also Avent breast pumps, breast milk bags, and a breastfeeding care pack for breastfeeding moms.
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About the Avent Single Breast Pump
The innovative massaging petals in the soft breast cushion mimic baby’s natural suckling to help simulate letdown and milk flow. The unique design features short flanges, so a mom can sit in an upright, relaxed position while pumping, instead of being slumped over uncomfortably.
The breast pump fits all Philips Avent bottles and storage containers, so there’s never a need to transfer breast milk from one container or bag to another. Just twist on an Avent Natural nipple and the bottle is ready for baby, or twist on a cap and store for later.
One of my first manual pumps 8 years ago was an Avent, so I can attest to how comfortable the massaging petals are, as well as how easy it is to put a nipple on the bottle afterwards for baby to use the pumped milk later on.
Breast Pumping Tip: Get comfortable before your pumping sessions. Find a comfortable place in the house away from distractions. Bring along a photo of the baby or the baby him/herself to encourage letdown.
You can find the Avent Single Breast Pump in various retailers between $44.99-$149.99. Learn more here.
About the Avent Breast Milk Storage Bags
For times when you want to store breast milk, the Avent Breast Milk Storage Bags are freezer safe, with reinforced seams and dual layer bag for safe storage. They feature a secure, leak-proof double zipper so that none of the milk leaks out. The bag is self-standing for ease of filling and pouring, with a write-on tab making it easy to date and track milk volume after you pump.
Breast Pumping Tip: Take your time when transferring milk from a bottle to bag or vice versa. There’s nothing worse than spilled breast milk!
You can find the Avent Breast Milk Storage Bags in various retailers for around $5.99. Learn more here.
About the Avent Breastfeeding Essentials Set
This essentials set is perfect for moms just starting out on their breastfeeding journey. This set was developed with a breastfeeding expert to support and care for moms as they breastfeed. It includes thermogel pads for dual use – warm to stimulate breast milk flow or use cold for soothing and relief. There are breast pads for absorption and comfort both day and night. It would be a great baby shower gift!
Breastfeeding Tip: Nothing says ‘breastfeeding support’ more than this essentials set for a new breastfeeding mama! Add this essentials set to a baby registry gift to show your support for breastfeeding.
The Avent Breastfeeding Essentials Set is available at various retailers for around $13.99. Learn more here.
Many thanks to Phillips Avent for sending me this Avent Breastfeeding Set to review! Be sure to visit Phillips Avent to learn more about their products, and to give them some love on Facebook and Twitter!