Whether you choose to use breastmilk in a bottle or feed formula milk, one good thing to do is to give up bottles made from plastic. A recent report has found that plastic baby bottles shed millions of microplastics when shaken. Colleagues at Trinity College Dublin measured the microplastics released after putting cleaned bottles in a mechanical shaker, to mimic the mixing process. After filtering and looking under a microscope, they were shocked. If you are going to use a baby bottle to feed breast milk or formula, then choose a safer version.
Never heat baby milk (or things for pets) in the microwave. As well as being dodgy anyway, microwaves heat unevenly causing ‘hot spots’ that could scald the mouth and throat.
Klean Kanteen offers a good baby bottle made from stainless steel. The contoured tapered shape is designed for small hands, and the wide mouth allows for easy cleaning, pouring and filling. It has easy-read measurements on the inside and outside, and a wide base for proper latching. The soft medical-grade silicone nipple promotes correct oral development and healthy teeth, and double-venting reduces colic. Dishwasher-safe.
If you prefer to feed formula, WHO recommends breast milk for up to 1 years to prevent type-1 diabetes. Look out for an upcoming organic plant-based formula from Else Nutrition, which has just launched the first organic plant-based toddler nutrition formula, made with almonds, buckwheat and tapioca. Recommended by doctors for toddlers age 2 up. Certified Kosher, see FAQ for info.