I go back to work full time in 3 very short weeks and I'm starting (I suppose you could call it bottle training) this week. I have a couple breastflow from when my son was an infant (he's almost 3, is it ok to use those? They were barely used) but that is basically it.
My son refused bottles so I'm completely clueless. Any other bottle/pumping advice would be appreciated too, thanks.
I use born free the glass one and my son seems to really like them.
my daughter ( I breastfed til 15 months) would only take the Avent bottles, or a sippy cup
I like breast flow best cus they are the only ones that baby has to use the same compression/sucking technique they have to use on breast so for my LO it eliminates a little more confusion.
i don't see why you wouldn't be able to use the old bottles, just make sure you sterilize them first. honestly some babies are picky about what bottles they use and some aren't. i breastfeed my daughter and when she does drink out of a bottle she's perfectly fine with using the cheapo gerber bottles. she also has never had any sort of nipple confusion and i first gave her a bottle when she was like 2 weeks old. so i guess it just depends on the baby. but if you want something that is more recommended for a breastfeeding baby, i'd just do some searching on the internet for what's a better bottle for a breastfed baby.
as for pumping, if you're going to be pumping while you're at work every single day it's really better to be able to splurge and spend more money on a more expensive pump than to buy a cheap one because the cheap ones aren't really made for every day use and don't do as good of a job. you'll want to pump every 2 hours while you're at work!
I use born free and avent.
I have just started my son on bottles. he is breastfed as well. we have 3 dif types of bottles right now...similac, breastflow, and evenflo. so far, the similac is the one he does best with. it also has an insert that helps reduce colic
Sorry for the post and run but thank you everyone for the suggestions/experience!
Lindsay, I have an old medela double electric and HAD money set aside in case it shit the bed but I don't now so I hope it holds up for a while. I won't be able to pump every two hours but I'll have two 30 minute breaks and I'm going to get a car adapter and try to pump in the car on the way to/from work (15 min commute).
I'm getting nervous.
We use Avent and love them! They aren't compatible with my Medela but I just pump in medela bottles and transfer my delicious breast milk to the avent bottles.
Also we got the bottles from Roni & I just bought brand new nipples and sterilized the bottles so if you want to use the ones from M you could.
Quoting BeansMommy:" We use Avent and love them! They aren't compatible with my Medela but I just pump in medela bottles and ... [snip!] ... from Roni & I just bought brand new nipples and sterilized the bottles so if you want to use the ones from M you could. "
lol @ delicious breastmilk