During the first few weeks after my son was born, I had to breastfeed him and supplement with formula. In order to avoid nipple confusion, we carefully chose the baby bottles with breast-shaped nipples. When I was still pregnant, I remember my friend mentioned Tommee Tippee and said many brestfeeding moms love the bottles. So I went to their website to see what kind of bottles they offer.
“Soft, natural-feel silicone nipple to make it easier to switch between breast and bottle”, that’s exactly what I was looking for. Closer to Nature Added Comfort Feeding Bottle (Anti-Colic bottle) has a compact shape and looks so different from those traditional bottles. It has a purple tube and valve system that claims to provide optimum venting during feeding, and thus reduce the risk of baby ingesting gas during feeding.
What I like:
After a few feed, I like the stretchy nipples that mimic the natural flex and movement of mom’s breast, which reduce the nipple confusion impact. Unlike Dr. Brown, as long as you attach all the parts tight and secure, the milk won’t leak.
What I dislike:
But there’s a huge drawback that if baby doesn’t latch well, the nipple would get inverted easily and I had to unlatch to let the air out and then put it back into baby’s mouth. The nipple didn’t collapses on itself every feeding, but it’s quite frustrated whenever it happened. Another issue is that there are lots of parts to wash, but I think it’s a common issue for all the anti-colic bottles. As for the “reduce air bubbles in the milk design”, my baby was still quite gassy sometimes, but I know it’s impossible to eliminate ALL the gas. And in fact there are so many other reasons for producing gas in baby, including sensitivity to something in mother’s diet, colicky, and even crying.
Overall I like Tommee Tippee bottles and will continue using them as long as my baby needs.