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The First Years
Model:
Y4565
The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles

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The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles
 
4.1

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Thank You Thank You Thank You

My baby is 6 months old, this week... she has been latching on worse and worse!  I barely ever give her a bottle and when I do it's water, just...Read complete review

My baby is 6 months old, this week... she has been latching on worse and worse!  I barely ever give her a bottle and when I do it's water, just for her to play with after she eats some cereal or something...

So I got this bottle because I thought she would get less air and MAYBE it would help with her latching on a little better.

 She played with it at first, bit it a lot (she's toothless, still) but after a bit, she seemed to like drinking from it!  Usually she takes the water in and shoots it out, but she seemed to really like drinking from it!

 Lo and behold, when we nursed, she did start to gradually latch on a little better!  And much stronger!  I wasn't about to give up... I have no clue why or how she started getting worse, but after tonight, I feel more... in the game!  I am definitely buying these bottles for friends! :)

They are simple to assemble, clean, and use.  I don't know if they are BPA free, so I put liners in them, but that's me.  I love these!  Best bottle I've ever used!

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soooo not like the breast

I am now nursing my second child and this is the worst bottle I have used thus far.  She decided she only wanted her milk fresh from the tap so I cycled through...Read complete review

I am now nursing my second child and this is the worst bottle I have used thus far.  She decided she only wanted her milk fresh from the tap so I cycled through quite a few different bottles.  This one did NOT feel or work like the breast.  The whole idea of this bottle, in my opinion, is ridiculous.  Not only was she not at all fooled, but the nipple was extremely difficult to assemble correctly (neither my sitter nor I were able to get it together and functioning properly).  There were a large number of pieces so this was a hassle to clean.  Every baby has their own opinion so I suppose if you can put it together in such a way that it will not leak then best of luck to you.  The cost is also a little on the high side, especially when you consider that it is an inferior product.  They do market this in such a way that you are inclined to believe it works...and I did try it but it does not feel "just like the breast".

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4.0

Good flow but babies still a little fussy.

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from West Virginia

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

Overall I am pretty happy with these bottles. I received them as a gift off of my registry. They are supposed to be more like a nature breast in the way that the milk flows out of the bottle. I'm not sure about that necessarily but the babies have been happy using this brand of bottle.

I like that I can use these bottles for breast milk. All I have to do is spend a little time pumping before I go to work and I can fill up a couple bottles and feel confident that the baby is going to be satisfied with the bottle. The nipple design could be a bit smaller. I wasn't able to really find any nipple size options. I would have preferred something a bit smaller and closer to my natural breast because that is what the baby is used to latching onto.

The flow on these is pretty good. I do notice he is still a little fussy. He occasionally spits up and gets gassy. I burp him a little bit and sometimes still end up with spit up on me but overall I think these do a pretty good job of imitating a natural breast feeding. I think they could be better with being heated. I usually run them under warm water but they don't seem to hold heat very long. They're not good for the microwave either.

I can use these in my bottle warmer pretty well.

Child's Comfort
He seems to enjoy them. I do notice he struggles sometimes to keep it in his mouth without my help. I think it's because the nipple size is a bit bigger than he's used to.

Leak Prevention
I haven't had any real issues with leaks but if I'm not careful, the lid can be a bit difficult to get back off the bottle.

Ease of Cleaning
I can't fit my hand inside but a bottle brush does the trick!

Keeps Air Out
It does okay. I do notice the larger nipple lets some escape into the bottle if he's sucking very hard.

Durability
I've had good luck with these. I usually toss my bottles out after a few months though because of plastic being reused and reheated.

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3.0

Not Very Great Design

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from Birmingham, AL

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I was not overly impressed with The First Years’ Breastflow bottles. Although we admittedly did not use them for an excessively long period of time, the time in which we did use them did not yield great results. My son did not like the shape of the nipple overly much and did not like the difficulty involved with getting the milk to flow out of the bottles. It required a certain highly specific technique to get the milk out which he just could not seem to get the hang of. It should not be that difficult for a baby to eat. They are pretty tough to put together; the nipple has two parts that must be aligned just perfectly in order to screw the lid on properly, and nobody has time to be fooling with all that during miserable night time feedings. I would not really recommend these bottles unless perhaps you are transitioning from the breast to the bottle because then your baby would probably have the correct sucking motion down.

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3.0

Every Baby Is Different!

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from Sonora, CA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

I bought a couple The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles after a glowing recommendation from the teacher at a breastfeeding class. I was pregnant at the time and praying my second child would breastfeed since my first was unable to do so because of complications. My husband was worried breastfeeding would mean he couldn't help feed the baby so we bought a great pump and started asking about bottles. Unfortunately my second child refused to breastfeed and hated this bottle. The bottle made getting milk extremely difficult for the baby. So much so he would break down into panic tantrums whenever we tried to use it. The Breastflow Bottle was also extremely hard to wash. The dishwasher would leave a film inside so everything had to be handwashed with tiny bottlebrushes. It was a lot of work for both my baby and myself. In the end I decided it just wasn't worth the struggle for either of us and switched to Born Free bottles. He never did learn to latch but bottles were never an issue again.

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5.0

The ONLY bottle my girl would use

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from USA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

I honestly think that I tried every bottle on the market with my daughter when she was a newborn. I was breastfeeding but wanted my husband and step daughter to be able to have the experience of feeding her as well as make sure that she would take a bottle if and when I wanted to leave her with my mom for a few hours. I had just about given up entirely when a friend suggested that I try the Breastflow bottles. It took about one minute for her to decide that this was the bottle for her. Everyone was happy! We ended up giving her at least one bottle a day until she switched to a cup at six months and she never had any issues with gas or spitting up at all. There are a lot of parts but they weren't that bad, even though we didn't have a dishwasher at the time. I have seen other people say that these leak and I can see why they feel that way. The nipple part has 4 pieces, an inner nipple, an outer nipple, a rubber washer and the plastic ring that hold it all together. If they are not assembled correctly or screwed onto the bottle correctly they will leak, but I would assume that would happen with any bottle. I used to just assemble the nipples as soon as they were dry and then they would be ready to go when we needed them. I would definitely recommend these for all babies, breastfed or not.

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2.0

Complicated and leaky

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from USA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

Before my daughter was born, I knew I would have to return to work. I had heard that many babies have difficulty transitioning between breast and bottle, so I loved that these advertised themselves as being the closest thing to the breast. My hopes were high. The design is so complex, these must be brilliant!

Maybe they are, but you know what they say about things with lots of parts: more to go wrong. Unless you have the tops seated and screwed on perfectly, the bottle leaks like crazy. Even if you do have it screwed on perfectly, sometimes it dribbles everywhere anyway. The extra parts are a pain to clean (especially the interior nipples with all their little ridges), and the interior nipples ripped at the tips even though I was being careful. If any of the milk gets dried on, good luck getting it off.

I’ve heard they’re supposed to help with colic. My baby had colic, and they didn’t make a difference for her.

As it turned out, my daughter is the least picky child in the world and will suck on anything that gives her food, so I can’t comment on whether these bottles make a bottle/breast transition easier. Maybe if they actually do work as advertised for that part it'd be worth the mess and hassle.

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1.0

what was I thinking about?

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from USA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

I had to give this bottle a low score because I had to choose a rating. I strictly breastfed my kids and once I went back to work I was gonna pump milk and my baby would have a bottle that resembles the breasts. My baby had a hard time latching onto the nipple of the bottle and if she could she would only starve because the milk constantly leaked out of the sides of the bottle. I think they had a great concept in mind but should have tested it out a little more before putting it on the market.

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5.0

wonderful for breastfeeding

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from USA

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I absolutely loved this bottle. It was very helpful for my husband and I with our baby. I work nights and this bottle made it very easy for my husband to feed our baby at night while I was at work and myself to breastfeed our baby during the day.

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At first cleaning the bottles was a little difficult but as soon as you have the right soap and brush it was a breeze.

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4.0

Closest to breast in my opinion.

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from USA

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I purchased this bottle for my daughter specifically because I was a nursing mother and I did not want her to get nipple confusion. This product actually simulates a "let-down" and the baby after had to wait a second for the milk to come out. That was important to me.

Child's Comfort
My daughter never had a problem eating when she used it, and she always looked comfortable.

Leak Prevention
The product didn't really leak when turned upside down. Only if you squeezed it, but that's expected to happen if you do that.

Ease of Cleaning
It has the inner hard nipple and the outer soft nipple so that is just one extra step that you have to take to keep the bottle clean. And you need a special little bruch to clean the inside of the in we nipple since it is a hard plastic and it can not bend inside out like a regular nipple.

Keeps Air Out
It doesn't seem to have a lot air, but I wouldn't say it keeps air out exactly.

Durability
This bottle is made out of plastic, not glass no it won't break easily if dropped. But you must keep it clean or the plastic will absorb nasty odors.

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5.0

Helped my baby

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from USA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

Overall, I really liked these bottles, and more importantly my baby did. I breastfed, and these bottles were recommended by the lactation specialist to use for supplemental feedings. My baby used them and never had any nipple confusion.

Child's Comfort
My son still had to suck pretty hard on the nipple to get the milk, the same as he would on the breast, so he never refused and the milk came out at a good slow rate.

Leak Prevention
I never really had a problem with leaking. The only time the bottle would leak, would be if we were re-filling a bottle, and milk was on the inside ring and would drip down. If its clean and dry, milk would NOT spill. only when it was our mistake.

Ease of Cleaning
Just popped them into the dishwasher, you do have to separate the nipple components, but overall it was easy to clean and put in the dishwasher baby bottle rack.

Keeps Air Out
My son never had a problem with gas, they worked great.

Durability
the lasted the entire first year while he fed from a bottle. A little wear of the bottle was shown at the end, but the nipples held up.

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5.0

These bottles are the closest thing to a mother's breast!

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from USA

Comments about The First Years Breastflow Plastic Baby Bottles:

I really love these bottles. I breastfed my son for two months. I loved that these bottles still gave him the feel of the nipple and allowed him to still control the flow of milk. These bottles in my personal opinion have kept my son from having issues with gas and fussiness. He enjoys drinking out of these bottles. I think these bottles are great for him because he is control just like he will be if he were sucking on the breast. If he wants a fast stream he can have that. If he wants a slow stream he can have that too.

Child's Comfort
This bottle was extremely comfortable to my son. The nipples were very soft. The other nipple resembled the breast. He was comfortable because he could drink as much or little as he wants.

Leak Prevention
I think that because there are two nipple that are on the bottles, it caused it to leak a little. Other than that I had no problem with it leaking.

Ease of Cleaning
Very simple to clean. You would think that because there are two nipples it will make it a little harder and time-consuming to clean.

Keeps Air Out
Yes air stayed out great. Sometimes, I had to loosen to top just a little because they prevent air from getting in well.

Durability
I have had my son's bottles since he was born. I still have the same bottles and he will be 1 years old in January. The only thing that I had to change were the nipples.

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