Does the Dr. Brown's baby bottle really work?
Yes it does. The Dr. Brown’s baby bottle features a internal vent system not found in any other bottle. Our bottle is fully-vented for vacuum-free feeding. We call this positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding, which allows babies to feed at their own pace. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the nipple collar (not the silicone nipple) through the vent system, to the back of the bottle. Air bypasses the breastmilk or formula which means no oxidation of nutrients. In fact a recent university study determined that our Dr. Brown’s bottle helped to preserve levels of nutrients like vitamins C, A and E.
When should I switch to the next Dr. Brown's nipple Level?
Dr. Brown’s makes it easy by creating a series of bottle nipples designed to match the age and feeding habits of your infant. This series includes: Preemie Flow: For feeding preemies. Level One: For feeding newborns. Level Two: For feeding infants aged 3 months + Level Three: For feeding infants aged 6 months + Level Four: For more aggressive eaters Y-Cut: Faster flow for thicker liquids All of these bottle nipples vary in size and shape. From the Preemie Flow nipple, which limits the flow to tiny mouths to the Y-Cut nipple which literally utilizes a “Y”-shaped opening to allow for greater milk flow, you’ll find the bottle nipple that’s the perfect fit for your baby’s feeding needs. Keep in mind that the Bottle Nipple Chart above serves as a general guideline for choosing a bottle nipple but is by no means an “end-all” solution. It is important to carefully watch the feeding habits of your little one. For instance, is your three-month-old not seeming to get enough from the bottle at feeding time? Moving her up from a Level One to a Level Two bottle nipple may be in order. Adapt your bottle nipple selection to match your baby’s feeding style, regardless of age. For more information on the benefits and care of Dr. Brown’s bottle nipples, give us a call at 1-800-778-9001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I use Dr. Brown's nipples on other brands of bottles?
Dr. Brown’s nipples are of the highest quality. However they are specifically designed for the Dr. Brown’s baby bottles and should not be used on other brands of bottles. The Dr. Brown’s nipple does not have a vacuum operated rim-vent like other brands of bottles. If a Dr. Brown’s nipple is used on an non-vented bottle the baby may experience feeding difficulties.
What can I do if I have lost a part of the vent?
Replacement parts are available in stores and located in the same area where you purchased your bottle. They are also available through many online retailers. If you have difficulty finding the replacement parts you need please call our Customer Service Department for a store location nearest you.
Can I use my Dr. Brown's bottles without the vent system?
The vent is an essential part of the Dr. Brown’s system and is required to prevent the vacuum found in other brands of bottles and provide positive-pressure feeding.
Can the bottle be used to heat formula in the microwave?
We do not recommend using a microwave oven to heat the bottle because microwave ovens can create hotspots in milk or formula.
Are Dr. Brown's bottles and components dishwasher safe?
Yes, we recommend loading them in the top rack of your dishwasher. We also offer a Dr. Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer, Dr. Brown’s Drying Rack, and Standard and Wide-Neck Dishwasher Baskets to help in cleaning.
Can I sterilize the Dr. Brown's bottles?
Yes, you may put them in a sterilizer or boil them in water. Be sure to follow the Instruction Leaflet that comes with your Dr. Brown’s bottle. Dr. Brown’s offers Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags, a Microwave Steam Sterilizer and an Electric Sterilizer, designed specifically for our baby bottles.
How can I clean my bottle if it is cloudy or stained?
There could be many different reasons why the bottle components may become cloudy, stained or have a film of residue. Plastic bottles and components may become stained or cloudy from contact with ingredients in formula like iron or from juices, foods, cleaning products that contain natural or artificial coloring, water deposits, over boiling and daily use in a dishwasher. It is unlikely that staining or cloudiness will affect performance as long as the bottle and parts are in good condition.
Some of the advice we get from Moms on this topic include:
- WHITE VINEGAR – Soak bottle in a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and then rinse with cold water. Many stains will disappear following this procedure, which can also eliminate odors.
- BAKING SODA – Juice stains may be removed by putting baking soda and warm water in the bottle and cleaning with a bottle brush. To get rid of sour-milk smell, fill the bottle with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, shake well, and let stand overnight.
Is that a leak?
Because the Dr. Brown’s bottle is fully-vented it allows positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding. This is essential for the baby to feed without having to suck against a vacuum. Under certain conditions the breastmilk or formula can exit through the vent. For example if the liquid is overheated the expanding air inside the bottle pushes the liquid through the vent causing leakage. Or if the bottle is shaken to mix formula, which we do not recommend, the liquid may enter the vent.
When liquid gets into the venting system, it can sometimes leak out around the nipple collar. This can happen three ways:
If you heat your bottle with the nipple collar securely in place, the liquid will be forced up into the vent as it expands. To avoid this, either heat the bottle without the nipple collar or loosen the nipple collar one-half turn after heating to allow the pressure to equalize. Then, re-tighten it before feeding.
If you use powdered formula and mix it by shaking the bottle, liquid can get into the vent. The solution for this is to mix the formula by stirring it with a spoon rather than by shaking.
If you overheat the liquid in the bottle, the vapor will rise and condense in the vent. To prevent this, avoid warming the liquid beyond body temperature.