The 7 Best Baby Bottles to Buy for Breastfed Babies in 2018

Make the transition easy with these top-picks

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If you are breastfeeding you might want the option to also bottle feed your baby on occasion or when you go back to work. For some babies the transition can be easy—for others it can be more difficult. The first step in the process is buying bottles that mimic the breast as much as possible so the baby can go back and forth between the two seamlessly. You'll also want to use a nipple that has a slower flow so your baby doesn't get used to a faster flow of milk.

Of course, not all babies are alike, so what may work for one baby might not for another. Some trial and error might be involved. If you are ready to transition your baby to the bottle, here are our top baby bottles for breastfed babies.

Best Overall: Comotomo Natural-Feel Baby Bottle, 8 oz.

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Looking for somewhere to start? Why not choose this Amazon Choice that has over 3,000 reviews that commend it for a seamless breast to bottle transition. This bottle can be purchased in either a 5 oz. or 8 oz size (and in a pink or green style) so it's great for newborns and older babies alike. What makes them easy for those introducing the bottle is they have a wide mound with a naturally shaped nipple to prevent any confusion.

Besides being easy for your baby to latch onto, these are also made of a silicone which is BPA-free and can safely go in the dishwasher and microwave. The silicone also gives these a super soft grip that babies enjoy holding onto. The nipple on these has a dual vent which will help ease any discomfort and prevent burps. And best of all, these bottles have an extra wide base so they are really easy to clean, which is a must for any tired household. These bottles are on the pricey side so just try a few at first before you commit to more. 

Best Budget: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottle

All your baby gear can add up quickly. If you aren't looking to spend a small fortune on baby bottles you might want to try this festive pack from Tommee Tippee that adds a little color to your feeding routine. This set of six provides you with BPA-bottles that are not only easy to clean with their wide base—they also mimic Mom's breast so you won't have to worry about nipple confusion. The bottles are also easy to hold onto to so anyone feeding the baby can get comfortable snuggling up and your baby will easily be able to hang onto these when they are ready. 

Parents love the bright colors on them and say they make cleaning them a little more fun. They also commend the value and the easy-to-read numbers on the side which make middle of the night feedings a lot easier. 

Best for Combo Feeding: Philips Avent SCF010/47 Natural 4 Ounce Bottle

If you're planning on giving your baby more than a bottle here and there, you might want to add a set of bottles to your arsenal that can allow for bottles when you are working or planning on introducing formula. The Phillips Avent Natural bottles are a popular choice for parents because they are affordable, easy to clean, and many infants have no trouble transitioning between bottle and breast.

The nipple on these bottles is breast-shaped, helping your little one go between skin and bottle. It is also very flexible so it really mimics a real nipple. Like most bottles on this list, they also have a wide base which helps promote a healthy latch and will help mom out. The anti-colic valve helps remove any unwanted gas from the feeding, which will help prevent a fussy baby. 

This is a 4-ounce model but the line also comes in a 2, 9, or 11 ounce model, as well as two different glass bottles so you can choose whatever size or material works for your family. 

Best for Easy Latching: Munchkin LATCH BPA-free Bottle

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Oh that latch! If you are concerned that using a bottle will throw off your baby's latch, you might want to try this pick. The nipple on this is designed to stretch much like a real nipple, helping your baby latch correctly. Plus, once the baby puts pressure on the nipple, milk will come out, mimicking the breast. When using bottles with a breastfed baby you don't want the milk to come out too fast, otherwise the baby will prefer the bottle for a faster feed.

Besides mimicking the breast and keeping a good latch intact, this bottle is also designed to help babies with colic or reflux. A pumping adaptor can also be purchased so Mom can pump right into the bottle, saving on cleaning time. 

Best Glass: Dr. Brown's Options Glass Baby Bottles

Eliminating plastic at home is a must for many parents, so choosing a great glass bottle might be a top priority for you. This glass, wide-neck bottle gets a thumbs-up from parents and babies all over. It’s the market's first convertible bottle that can be used with or without the vent system, and currently available in a glass version that some parents prefer. Available in 5 ounces as well as 9 ounces, this Dr. Brown’s bottle features an ergonomic, easy to fill and hold wide-neck design. The silicone nipple has a broader base, and Dr. Brown's Options Glass Wide-Neck Bottle grows with the needs of your baby by offering healthy benefits whether your newborn or infant is experiencing feeding challenges or not.

The bottle’s internal vent system reduces the number of air bubbles, and along with the silicone nipple, provides a controlled flow so babies feed at their own pace—air enters the bottle collar and moves directly through the vent system. Also, the vent prevents vacuum pressure and nipple collapse. 

Best for Pumping: Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set

Pumping can be a full-time job and the last thing most moms want to do after a long day is clean bottles and pump parts. For many who use a Medela pump, using the Medela bottles for feeding baby can help cut down on cleaning time and make pumping directly into a bottle more seamless. 

These BPA-free bottles come in both a 5-ounce size that has a slow flow intended for newborns or an 8-ounce size with a medium flow nipple which can work for babies 3-months and up. All mom needs to do is pump into the bottle and put the nipple on and the baby is ready to be fed. These bottles have a very accurate line on them so mom will know how much she is pumping and feeding her kid. 

These bottles don't have as wide of a base or as flexible of a nipple as some of the other picks on our list, but many parents say their children had no issue going from these and back to the breast, so it all depends on your infant. 

Best for Reflux: MAM Newborn Gift Set

Reflux is no joke. If your child is suffering from this, you'll try and do anything to help soothe them. These bottles were made for babies with reflux in mind with their patented vented base that gets out air bubbles so it doesn't get trapped in your baby's tummy. In one study by the company, 80 percent of the mother's tested said after using this bottle their baby had less colic, so it's worth a shot!

What's more, these are also made with breastfeeding moms in mind with a soft silicone nipple. The company says that 94 percent of babies took this nipple in studies.

This set is also a smart buy because it comes with two 5-ounce bottles and two 9-ounce bottles so you can use these from newborn up till your baby starts drinking out of a cup. 

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