I struggled with breastfeeding my first born. She didn’t know how to latch on until well after her 4th week mark. Looking back, these 4 weeks seemed like 4 months. It was a serious struggle that somehow I blocked off from my memory. I only like to remember the part where I breastfed her until she turned 23 months. After giving birth to Sharif 9 months ago, these dark repressed memories came back up again. I now remember these weeks vividly.
One thing that I struggled with as a working mom was helping my babies adapt quickly and transition between breast and bottle seamlessly. But, the process is not simple. Unlike exclusively bottlefed babies who’s main struggle is bottle acceptance, breastfed babies also face “nipple confusion” or “bottle preference” and could wean themselves prematurely. Some bottle nipples are just much easier to latch onto than the breast and once your baby discovers that, they might just prefer the bottle. If the baby develops bottle preference, then it might be extremely hard to switch them back to breastfeeding. That is why I always try to delay introducing the bottle (despite my mother-in-law’s well-meaning advice to start my babies as early as possible). So, if you can delay bottle introductions then…I’d say delay it until (1) your baby is securely latched and (2) your milk supply is established right around the 4-6 week mark.
If you are a working, exclusively pumping, or supplementing mom and looking for bottles that are more breastfeeding-friendly, then here are two simple tips for shopping for a bottle: (1) Asses the flow rate of the nipple – I’d say look for a slower flow rate to mimic breastfeeding and (2) make sure the shape of the nipple mimics yours. These are the two most important guidelines.
I had my first two kids in the U.S. and I was familiar with what’s available there. When I had my third baby here, I had to re-familiarize myself with the local market. Here are 8 bottles I found available in the UAE market. It is a good place to start. Please note that they are not listed in order of preference.
#1 COMO TOMO
You can find it at Nest for Kids at Abu Dhabi Mall 80 AED+ (Available in store)
You can find it at the Organic Baby Shop AED 55+ (Click Here)
#4 BEBE CONFORT
You can find it at BabyShop, (found mine at Yas Mall)
You can find it at Youmah.com 79 AED+ (Click Here)
#6 AVENT Natural Feeding Bottles
You can find it at Mumzworld.com, 65 AED+ (Click Here)
#7 Tomme Tippee
You can find it at Mamas & Papas , (Click Here)
You can find it at Noah’s Garden, 79 AED+ (Click Here)
Are there more breastfeeding friendly bottles in the UAE market that we should have added tot he list? If so, add them to the comment below. I would love to hear your feedback.
Sudanese-American working mom of three. Free Spirit. Idea Curator. Her brain moves faster than her body can go. A laid back chic who walks around with that stereotypical hippie vibe. She is never afraid to give you her unsolicited opinion about gentle parenting. Esraa has been actively over-sharing her motherhood and parenting stories on social media since 2008.