Bottle Feeding - what do I really need?
June 5, 2006 12:02 PM Subscribe
[BottleFeedingFilter] I'm expecting our first child in July. Although my preference is to breast feed exclusively, for medical reasons that simply may not be possible. Therefore, I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for exclusively bottle feeding, and then anything else that happens will be a welcome bonus. What equipment do I really
need in order to bottle feed, what is just "nice to have", and what is a waste of money?
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posted by anastasiav to health & fitness (60 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, I'm aware that "Breast is Best". If I had my choice, I would breast feed exclusively. However, I had breast reduction surgery 20+ years ago, and the type of surgery plus the nature of my scar tissue make it highly probably that I do not have any working ducts in at least one breast. Yes, I am aware that we wont' know until we try it, and that it is very possible that I will be able to partially breast feed and then have to supplement with formula, but its important to me to be mentally and physically prepared for exclusive bottle feeding, to avoid a big emotional let-down when and if breast feeding doesn't work. I am working with an excellent and highly regarded lactation consultant, but she is very "Breast is Best" focused and I'd like some other "real world" advice to go along with the advice I'm getting from her regarding both supplemental feeding and exclusive bottle feeding. However, I don't know one single mother who has bottle fed in the past 15+ years, and I'm fairly sure technology has marched on in that time. My biggest concern at this point is that I do whatever I need to do to make sure my baby isn't hungry.
What "stuff" do I need to buy in order to be ready? What items were most useful to you, and what was a waste of money? What specific brands of equipment do you recommend? Brands of formula? Mix vs liquid? Whey protein vs Casein? Thoughts about nipples? Sterilizers? Other equipment?
Thanks for being supportive. I wish this were my choice, but its really not.