Kind of an odd first post for Laid Back Dad but it was the first thing I thought about when I sat down to write. We wanted to use as little plastic when it came to food storage for our son, we chose to use glass baby bottles with Medela Calma Nipples.
I have seen lot’s of comments on amazon and other places that say that the Medela Calma nipple leaks when used with glass baby bottles. Well I have months of experience with the combo and I can tell you without hesitation that they do work together without leaking. No special tricks or magic they simply just work together, with no need to over tighten.
Bottles – we use mostly evenflo 4oz and 8oz bottles but also have a fancy Life Factory bottle that also works just fine. We are careful not to drop the bottles and so far have not broke one even though a few have fallen. A full one did land on the tile floor and broke the plastic lid but did not damage the bottle. Obviously you need to be a little more careful with glass but they’re not as fragile as one might think.
We use glass bottles since we don’t trust plastic for storing our food in so why would we choose to store breastmilk and formula in plastic bottles. Also heating something in plastic is a concern for us. I am not a scientist and I have no factual arguments against plastic but I do have a general concern since BPA filled plastic was “safe” 10 years ago and now it’s not. 10 years from now it will be another thing in plastic that is a concern and I will feel better knowing that our little one didn’t digest it, well from his bottles anyway. Please comment if you agree/disagree, I’m always interested in hearing opinions on these things.
Nipples – With guidance by a certified lactation coach we chose to go with the Medela Calma nipples, one good thing about them is they use a standard bottle opening size and thread pattern so they will work with other manufacturers glass bottles. They are a little bit of extra effort to dissemble and put back together for each washing but you get used to it pretty quickly. We interchange the parts so there seems to be no need to keep pieces in specific sets.
Slow the flow. One nice thing about the Medela Calma nipples with glass bottles is it slows the flow of Breast Milk or Formula and the kidlet has to work at getting fed, kind like working the boob. My take is it reduces the chances of overeating like a faster flowing nipple. Like always, my opinion and it’s just an opinion.
So are we happy with this Medela Calma nipples with glass bottles combo, you bet! I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to figure out what to use in a sea of gimmicks and garbage. Screw fancy printing and cutesy crap, focus on function when feeding your child. The Medela Calma with glass bottles is a hit.