Bottle feeding basics – what you’ll need

There are a number of items you’ll need before you introduce bottle feeding alongside breastfeeding, not least a bottle that feels as natural and comfortable as possible.
The best bottles to choose are those that are designed to give your baby a feeding experience that is as close to breastfeeding as possible, and that makes the transition from breast to bottle smooth and easy.

You will need three or four bottles to get started and a selection of nipples. Newborn nipples with the smallest feeding hole are best at the beginning. Try to look for a bottle that can accommodate nipples with different flows, so that the flow rate can increase as your baby grows. There are also some that have been designed to reduce colic. Ideally, try to wait until breastfeeding is established before giving your baby a bottle.

What you need for bottle feeding your baby:
  • Three or four bottles with nipples and caps
  • A bottle brush
  • A breast pump
  • Sterilizing equipment

Type and size of bottles

There are a variety of bottles on the market and it’s really a matter of finding out what suits your baby best. There are three important questions to ask yourself before buying any bottle:

Always clean and sterilize all feeding parts before each use.
Does the bottle system have a naturally shaped nipple to encourage a wide open mouth? This will make latching on – attaching to your breast – much easier
Does the bottle have clear markings for accurate measurement of breast milk or formula feeds?

Philips AVENT Bottles

Sleep and nutrition are vital to your baby’s health and happiness. Clinical studies show that the AVENT bottle is clinically proven to help settle baby especially at night* and reduce colic**. Philips AVENT bottles work with your baby’s natural feeding rhythm. The nipple helps your baby to control milk flow, as they would do at the breast, making it easier to combine breast and bottle feeding. The award-winning bottle is designed and clinically proven to reduce painful colic and discomfort after feeding. Air bubbles are moved away from the nipple, ensuring that air goes into the bottle and not your baby’s tummy, for a happier, more contented baby.


For the first 12 months it is crucial to make sure milk feeding equipment is properly sterilized as your baby’s immune system isn’t properly developed and can’t fight off certain types of bacteria. Steam sterilization is one of the safest and most effective sterilizing method and it uses no chemicals. The Philips AVENT electronic steam sterilizers include a dishwasher rack to keep small items together in the dishwasher.

*A clinical study showed that at two weeks of age, babies showed less fussing than babies fed with another leading bottle.
** A clinical study showed that at two weeks of age babies fed with a Philips AVENT bottle, showed a trend to less colic than babies fed with a conventional bottle.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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