There is no denying the power of a mother’s breastmilk. It contains all of the nutrients that their baby needs to grow optimally. But, there are some instances where feeding them some breastmilk might not be a good option, mainly due to the mother’s inability to produce it and also if their baby doesn’t latch onto their breasts the way they should be.
That is why formula milk has been created to meet the needs of the baby and provide convenience to the parents as well. Most of them come in powder form and you mix it with some water and put it inside a baby milk bottle.
In order for you to know exactly what your baby needs, you have to think about a few things:
- The milk bottle should be something that your baby wants to use
- It should come with an anti-colic system
- It should be very easy to clean and maintain- not to mention assemble.
There are different types of baby milk bottles out there.
As the name implies, they are made out of glass. They are quite durable and they are safe for consumption. They do not leach chemicals and because of its material, it can be used for a very long time.
Glass seems to be the safest in terms of its clarity and they can be cleaned using a dishwasher and microwave.
Now for the downsides. Because it is made of glass, it shatters when it falls off from a considerable distance and can be hazardous for your baby.
Also, glass milk bottles tend to be heavier than their counterparts, so if you are going to use this, you’re going to have to let your baby sit when they drink from it.
Plastic milk bottles are much more inexpensive and are the preferred option for most parents because it is typically more lightweight than glass bottles.
Although they do not shatter like their glass counterparts, they may leach some harmful chemicals like BPA and BPS. You want to make sure that you get those BPA-free plastic bottles to ensure that this won’t happen.
The problem with plastic bottles is that you cannot use it using a dishwasher or microwave because it increases the chances of it leaching chemicals. And, because it is made of plastic, they are not eco-friendly at all.
Also known as disposable liners, they are convenient for whenever you’re traveling with your baby and you do not have access to cleaning materials.
The downsides to disposable bottles are that they are usually made of plastic and are prone to chemical leaching.
If you are going to use a breast pump, it would be difficult to put breastmilk inside of it while you’re traveling.
When you look at the total costs, disposable bottles, collectively, can be more expensive than just buying either glass or plastic milk bottles.
How to Choose
For starters, you want to go with 150ml for a newborn baby and transition to a much bigger bottle when their feeding requirements increase.
If you are going to buy a breast pump, it has to be the same brand to that of the milk bottle for maximum effectiveness, since most of them are created with one of the other products in mind.
If you decide to buy a plastic bottle, make sure that it is BPA-free and it should be one with an anti-colic system.