April 1, 2017
I exclusively breastfed my baby the first 3 months of his life. As an exclusively breastfeeding mom who has returned to work recently and needed to transition to pumping while away from baby, I wanted to find a bottle that would mimic the breast, to make it easier for my little one to transition to while I was at work. I was also looking for a bottle that wouldn't cause any nipple confusion, so that I could still continue to breastfeed my little one when home from work. We tried using the Chicco Natural Fit 8 oz plastic bottle, and there were a few pros and cons about the bottle. The cons outweighed the pros, and we decided to stick with another brand of bottles that would make the transition to breastfeeding easier. Pros: 1. The bottle is ergonomic. 2. It has a wide mouth, making it easy to fill with breast milk or clean. It's also easy to hold. 3. It's light weight. It's easy to assemble and take apart for cleaning. Cons: 1. Both the slow flow angled and straight nipples that came with the 8 oz bottle had a flow that was too fast for my 4 month old baby. As a result, my little one would cough, and spit up the excess milk. 2. After several minutes of sucking on the nipple, the nipple would invert, and baby couldn't suck on it. I would have to keep taking the nipple out from its sucked in/inverted state, so that baby could suck on it again. This was the deal breaker for me, as I couldn't get a full feeding in without having issues with the nipple inverting in the middle of a feeding. 3. It is very difficult to distinguish whether the nipple is slow flow, medium flow, or fast flow. The instruction packet stated that the side of the nipple would be marked with the letter "S" for slow flow to indicate that it was slow flow, but my nipples didn't have any markings with the letter "S." There are numbers on the side of the nipples. The above findings are my observations of the Chico Natural Fit plastic bottle. I received these bottles as a gift from the weeSpring Parent Panel.
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