First of all, let us specify right away that the food of choice for infants is and will remain the milk of their mother (less known: it is also the best for the health of the mother). I am for 300%, even if I know that it is far from being easy all the time. I breastfed my daughter for 1 year (having returned to work) and I had several problems.
This is why future mothers motivated to breastfeed must imperatively be very very well informed, from real reliable sources (and above all not to trust the ready-made ideas of an era). I’m not going to dwell on the subject here but if you are looking for sources, I recommend the Leache league website, the book Laitaitement de France Guillain … Note that there are also hotlines to support breastfeeding mothers, which provides a very quick response in the event of an emergency.
In short, back to the subject: bottle b. Even while breastfeeding, a bottle is a practical object, if only to involve the papa to participate and for example, give the milk that you have drawn.
The Disadvantages of Plastic and Glass
We now know that biphenyl A or phthalates in plastic bottles is not a good thing: their endocrine-disrupting effects are well known. But what about the other plastic compounds? We can ask ourselves the question…
The sceptical parents on the plastic then turned to the glass bottle, hitherto deemed inert concerning said endocrine disruptors. Only problem: the glass bottle breaks, and unless you protect it before each use (using a cover for example), there will be a time when there will be breakage, especially when the child begins to drink your baby bottle alone
So you had to choose between plastic and glass… But now the stainless steel baby bottle has appeared!
Stainless Steel Baby Bottle
Advantages and disadvantages without biphenyl A or phthalate s, unbreakable, the stainless steel baby bottle has everything to please, but we can still object to some faults:
- It is not transparent: no matter, the manufacturers have provided visible relief graduation inside the bottle. Thus, you know the volume that you are putting in the bottle.
- It does not pass in the microwave, and there I will say ‘so much the better!’ you certainly know that for the past few years, it has been strongly advised not to heat bottles in the microwave and it is rather recommended to give them at room temperature. The official reason is that there is a great risk of burns, due to the heterogeneity between the wall of the bottle which can appear cold and the centre which can be boiling. So you can find the best bottle warmer information at saim deals which can show you the many options to choose one.
Admittedly, this remains true, but a microwave rotates the water molecules very quickly, which heats (and potentially degrades) the food. France Gillian puts forward the hypothesis that the molecules placed in high rotation continue to rotate for almost 10-15 minutes after the microwave has stopped, hence the instruction on the instructions for use to wait for this delay before consuming the food.
Luckily, stainless steel has the advantage of heating very quickly under hot water or in a double boiler. You can also mix a part of boiled water with a kettle and a part of fresh/ambient water.
What about Water?
I advise you to be very vigilant about the quality of the water:
It would be a shame to use water in a plastic bottle after having eradicated the plastic for the bottle, right? You might as well avoid new endocrine disruptors, not counting the waste generated and the packs to carry…
It’s hard to trust your tap water completely. To ensure its quality, consult the online analyzes for your municipality.
NB: be careful, certain parameters sought such as revivable bacteria have no regulatory threshold: you can, therefore, have a ‘water compliant’ conclusion when the results are abnormally high (without forgetting that for water contaminants, there are has thresholds for each substance alone and no threshold for the ‘cocktail’ effect 🍸 …)
The solution we opted for is to filter our tap water, but not with a filter on incoming water or a Brita plastic carafe!
We opted for the Berkey purifier (much more efficient than a filter since it makes river water drinkable), autonomous (works without electricity) and maintenance-free (a filter change every 10 years).
Where to Buy Stainless Steel Baby Bottles?
– Just type these words in Google to come across merchant sites.
– Personally I ordered on the sans-pba site a stainless steel baby bottle of the brand Klean kanteen.
There are other brands, like Organic kidz.
– I think you can also find them in specialized children’s stores, which was not the case a few years ago
And the price?
It is not given so think of the birth list or buy a used one (replace only the pacifier)! This is, of course, an excellent gift idea (but better ask before because the choice of a bottle is generally subject to a number of criteria including the choice of the capacity of the nipple etc …)
Know that some sites offer cheaper baby bottles for sale due to a minor defect (dented for example): also a good option…
And remember that it is not necessary to accumulate baby bottles: 1 or 2 more than enough.