The Medela Breastmilk Bottle is made by Medela, a well-recognized model for a lot of dad and mom, even new ones. The producer is virtually synonymous with breastfeeding due to their spectacular lineup of breast pumps and equipment that make breastfeeding and gathering and storing breastmilk simpler. They provide merchandise that for pumping, storage, and feeding child, together with the Breastmilk bottle. The Breastmilk is appropriate with all of the Medela pumps, is dishwasher secure and BPA-free, fabricated from FDA meals contact grade polypropylene. It comes with minimal elements making it simple to wash, and it attaches on to the pump for simple assortment and storage with out switch that may end up in shedding milk.
This comparability chart exhibits the overalls cores for the bottles we examined on this overview. The Medela is proven in blue for simple comparability.
The sections beneath present extra particulars on what we favored and disliked about this product.
The most effective factor about this Medela bottle is the compatibility with Medela breast pumps and different equipment. Having the ability to pump milk straight into the identical bottle child will drink out of limits waste, makes use of fewer containers, and reduces the variety of steps essential to make a bottle on your child.
The Medela is an uncomplicated bottle with a easy design and few elements. We have been in a position to assemble the elements with out the directions and having fewer elements makes cleansing simpler. This design gave the Medela its highest rating within the overview for cleansing. The plastic bottle is BPA-free and will not break like glass can, lowering the chance of potential damage (although slim) associated to damaged glass. The nipple appropriate with the bottle is of medium firmness and will get the job achieved despite the fact that it’s on the smaller aspect.
We additionally like the surface measurement markings on this bottle as a result of testers discovered them simple to learn and effectively outlined. This bottle is appropriate with most bottle heaters, and it’s the lightest weight bottle on this overview.
We discovered extra dislikes than likes when it got here to the Medela bottle in comparison with the competitors. Testers felt the bottle failed compared on some fairly key elements that spelled bother for child and fogeys.
The Medela nipple leaks often and regardless of our efforts to restrict this downside. We skilled leaking across the nipple space and across the collar the place the nipple portion attaches to the bottle. Leaking is an issue when child drinks and also you invert the bottle to be used. If leaking whereas in use is not unhealthy sufficient, the cap for this bottle would not sit on the physique of the bottle securely, so the bottle would possibly leak when carried and stowed as effectively. For any mom that has struggled to create sufficient of the liquid gold referred to as breast milk, it is a very irritating factor, and it makes this bottle a disappointment to a lot of our testers.
We additionally weren’t massive followers of the nipple design or really feel on the Medela as it’s on the smaller aspect and precipitated latching issues for our little testers. As a result of some infants might get the whole nipple into their mouth, that they had issues with the nipple collapsing. Even many Amazon reviewers skilled related occasions that we did in our testing of collapsing nipples, indicating it is perhaps a widespread problem for this nipple design. The collapsing nipple means you must take away the bottle from child’s mouth and proper the nipple earlier than feeding can proceed. The shortage of venting on this bottle doubtless exacerbates this downside.
Whereas the bottle has few elements making cleansing simpler and fewer time consuming, it additionally has a slender neck design that makes becoming the comb into the bottle tougher and will increase the possibilities of dad and mom needing a further smaller cleansing brush available to get deep contained in the container. The bottle design can be considerably unusual as a result of it provides no venting (one thing quite common in most trendy bottles) and the milk had an inclination of getting caught within the broad space beneath the nipple when the child was ingesting.
The Medela additionally did not rating effectively for eco-health due to its plastic physique (see our article on plastics). Whereas we perceive it’s BPA free FDA meals contact grade polypropylene, it nonetheless is not as inert as glass or chrome steel, and we predict glass provides probably extra advantages to your child as a result of the vitamins within the breastmilk do not cling to the within of the bottle like it may with plastics. Additionally, this bottle is made in China, and we want these created in America or Europe.
General, the Medela Breastmilk is not your best option for many dad and mom, although we are able to see the argument for mothers who use a Medela breast pump conserving some available for fast transfers and comfort for storage or whereas touring. We predict it’s higher to spend money on different choices on your go to bottle given the decrease rating of the Medela and the truth that it got here in final place in our assessments. With the potential of discovering a equally priced glass bottle that performs higher and leaks much less, the Medela turns into a much less fascinating possibility.