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Baby Bottles and Nipples

Baby Bottles and Nipples

Q: What are the safest baby’s bottles and nipples to use? –Ginny, NY

A: Great question, because some plasticizers, called phthalates, can cause reproductive harm, cancer, asthma, premature breast development, and organ damage.

The Safest Baby Bottles
Tempered glass. The next best is #5 plastic (polyethylene or polypropylene) plastic #5 (discard if cracked or scratched). Avoid polycarbonate and PVC.

The Safest Nipples
Choose clear silicone nipples over rubber. Discard any that are cracked.

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2:05PM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

For people who aren't bound by physically limited circumstance and it is another situation or need for convenience, breast pumping is a good option you can bottle feed your breastmilk or someone else can when you are busy. It lasts a long time unlike prepared formula in the fridge or freezer and also when in the bottle on out of the fridge. Other options are ordering from a local breast milk bank, or combination of pump breastfeed or and when in dire need formula feed. It is good to even if you have other issues allow skin to skin time or suckling time at breasts for the bonding factor it is great for mom and baby and for baby's developement

1:57PM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

It is true breastmilk is the best source of nutrition, it is nature made just as we cannot deny that water right from the spring or mountain is best, organic fresh vegetables grown in good soil etc... It is the intelligence of nature we are designed after and our body's intelligence designed after the same nature that creates hunger in us and gives us our natural urges to fulfill. At times we are in a circumstance that we need to find other means such as buying bottled water, eating conventional vegetables... and some people make that choice for whatever reason or awareness level they are working from. It does not make it wrong or bad. It is better that baby eats then not at all and if it decidedly works for mom due to whatever circumstance may be that formula may be the option then that is best. I see righteousness happen on both sides but really there is no need for argument or defensiveness. Of course mothers milk is most simple complete and adaptable food source and perfect food for baby just as fresh organic foods are for us. but i fdue to circumstance formula needed then that is ok too...The main thing is that baby is fed, mom is happy and all are doing the best they are aware of in that moment. Feeling guilty or blaming, or making other wrong really does not solve anything and is dividing. Instead of competition of who is better how about thinking how can we support each other to trust ourself/other as women as moms and make the best decision that suits our needs

7:04AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

I find it odd,reading the comments Nazi "attacks",listen close..who is the attacker,not the "body"nipple mom..I nursed all of our childern,it is a blessed part of child rearing, I also used both a glass and plastic bottle at various times,yes I could love just as well with such,but I "personally" felt something was missing when i did. It is sad when those who long to nurse are unable to( I had some struggles at first also)
"rubber "nibble using women are not attacked anything like "body" nipple moms are..been there done both"body" nipple moms are the ones publically "condemend..umm stop and think who has lasses passed against them when simply performing a natural body function (and all I've ever seen doing such,were very discreet in doing so)..I think those who use "rubber" nipples are super sensitive,thus pick up invisible condenmations , really read above comments and see what I mean.

10:32PM PST on Dec 29, 2009

Thanks for this nice article. I can suggest you some names to try BPA-free bottles by Adiri, Born Free, Green to Grow, Silikids and thinkbaby. Overall, these bottles are all very good quality.


6:50PM PST on Mar 2, 2009

It just takes some effort , and more importantly, throwing away those formula samples. All the reasons I've heard about not being able to nurse other than having an adopted child could be worked through with a little effort and good advice.
Manyfeathers, have you tried seeing if a health food store nearby can order them wholesale for you?

6:44PM PST on Mar 2, 2009

I suffered through an emergency cesearean, spent 4 days in the hospital, had my son in NICU for a week, went back to work eventually, and breastfed him for over 2 years, no problem! In Illinois to boot! By the way, it is Illinois law that a mother can breastfeed in public. Anywhere.

6:31AM PST on Mar 2, 2009

Do you know how hard it is to find glass baby bottles?
Please send store names where they can be found. I know last year Ca. (on line) was sold out.

11:43AM PST on Nov 25, 2008

I am tired of people referring to anyone who has a difference of opinion as a "Nazi." It both trivializes what the real Nazis did and also frames the issue as an "us vs them" rather than one of sharing information.

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