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7 for now 12-09-2012 10:55 PM

I think I have come to the sad, to me, realization that I am going to have to bottlefeed my preemie ds. I have not used a bottle on one of my kids since my 17yo dd was a baby. I have nursed all my kids since her and they have all rejected any type of bottle.

I read mixed reviews on the Dr Browns bottles. Does anyone here use them? What are your thoughts on them? I used the Playtex nursers on my 17yo but a lot has changed since then. The nipple on the Dr Browns are very similar to what he is using in the NICU now. But some people say they are too hard to clean and not really worth the money. I am torn as to what to buy. We are looking at about 2-3 more weeks in the NICU so I still have some time.

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shortcake2386 12-09-2012 11:01 PM

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my other 3 never took bottles and my youngest cna only take boyyles bc of sucking issues so i EP. we use dr browns bottles and i have no problem cleaning them, i hand washed for a month then got a basket and just take them apart and wash them in the dishwasher. except the nipples i hand wash those

vmomma 12-09-2012 11:52 PM

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I used them with my micropreemie because they seemed to give her the least amount of gas. They are a PITB to clean, but it's well worth it. I tried a ton of different bottles, and she took to the Dr. Browns the best. She did eventually EBF, but it took about 6 months. Good luck

Tabatha 12-10-2012 12:18 AM

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Dr browns are awesome! I used them for my preemie son, and the preemie nipple is the only one that was slow enough and didn't make him choke. And even though you can only get the preemie nipples online, they don't cost any more than regular nipples. And the bottles are not hard to clean, you wash like any other bottle and the bottles come with an awesome little brush but you don't have to use it. They get clean enough without. And like PP said it is also perfectly okay to just put them in the dishwasher. They also helped his HORRIBLE reflux so much. I ended up being able to breastfeed my son, but I do use bottles sometimes and I would not ever buy another type of bottle.

coastiewifeRN 12-10-2012 12:41 AM

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I loved my Dr Browns but only with a dishwasher. I'd never dream of washing all those parts by hand.

Tabatha 12-10-2012 01:22 AM

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Mmm I have a dishwasher and chose to wash the parts by hand, just so I knew that I had something clean without having to wait to run the dishwasher and I didn't have any issues. Yes they do have more parts than a regular bottle but for me it was well worth it

mammato2 12-10-2012 03:43 AM

I had dr brown bottles with my dd and as much as I tried I felt like I could never get them clean enough. I would hand wash then dish washer over night to sanitize (because I didn't have enough to exclusively dish washer clean) I felt like I could never get then clean enough. One time I actually had went away for a few days not taking all my bottles and when I came back one of the vent system pieces had grown mold on it! I was completely grossed out and ended up going out and biting different bottles that same day.

I would suggest for a premie, not going with one with the larger nipples, like avent, My ds who was not a premie, had so much trouble getting his mouth around those. I had to go out and buy new bottles for him since the avent ones I had didn't work for him. His problem was he couldn't get his mouth on them properly and would end up pulling in air from the sides of his mouth. Basically making the venting system useless. I actually really like the playtex ventair bottles and the medela bottles for him.

KelseyH 12-10-2012 04:35 AM

My son was EBF and rejected any and all bottles except for Dr. Brown's (when he was really hungry! ;) ). I'm pretty sure they come with a mini pipe cleaner (or I bought one somewhere) and I was never worried about how clean the bottles were getting. I also never put them through the dishwasher because they were so expensive! Hot water and dish soap got them perfectly clean for me.

Sylvie89 12-10-2012 06:58 AM

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The ENT specialist that visited the baby that next to my son in the NICU recommended the wide neck dr. Browns, so that is what I used. My son (a 30 weeker) was able to go back and forth from bottle to breast just great with those bottles. I used the slow flow nipples until he was 9 months or so. He continued to bf until 18 months, but I had supply issues so always had to supplement as well. The wide neck bottles are easier to clean than the standard. I just put them in the dishwasher. They are only available at babies r us or online (amazon). You can't get them at target/walmart.

mibarra 12-10-2012 12:27 PM

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We used them with DD1, and they were a life saver. But they are a huge pain to clean. You might try the regular Tommee Tippee first and see if that does the trick. :)

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