While serving overseas with the U.S. Army in Kuwait from August 2011 until August 2012, it never crossed my mind that I’d one day write an article about baby bottles and how they relate to relieving or completely eliminating a newborn baby’s gas production. It wasn’t until a Skype notification (from my wife) that my 2-week military leave, back to the United States from Kuwait, led to the conception of my son, that I immediately began to fumble around for as much information that I could possibly find about caring for a newborn.

Even though my wife and I had met in nursing school, I felt that I was completely unprepared for all nuances of assisting my wife through pregnancy, on into the delivery of my son, further into his and her care long after the delivery. Akin to my mass purchases made for my wife, during her pregnancy, I also began to purchase items in preparation for the care I knew my son would require after birth. As for bottles and a quality breast pump, I had deferred to my wife because she had done ample research on her own, coupled with speaking to friends, neighbors and family about it before she even delivered. Based on our experience thusfar, I really feel like her purchases have proven to be very beneficial during a time where I know my son needed the best products we could find. While it was tempting to be very price conscience, there were some reasonable investments we made simply because we were convinced they were the best choices for our son. Fortunately, when it comes to bottles for your newborn, these aren’t exactly the most pricy items, at least not like, say, a breast pump or a video monitoring system

Watching your baby struggle with passing gas is very difficult. While it is normal for babies to pass gas, as their digestive systems are actively growing, there are ways to help reduce the amount of gas your newborn has. During the first six months of your newborn's life his/her  digestive tract is growing significantly and going through enormous changes. During this time the digestive tract develops the ability to produce enzymes that will break down food. There are other reasons why infants produce gas as well. If an infant does not have a good latch while breastfeeding he/she can suck in air which will in turn produce gas. Also, certain foods that Mother’s eat can cause gas in babies, such as broccoli, sauerkraut, or very acidic foods. While my wife and I had learned about these root causes during our tenure in nursing school together, it really took having to experience it all, with our own newborn child, that caused us to be very conscious of these things.

My wife breastfeeds our baby, however she has an Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Pump which sheuses to pump milk so that I can help her with night feeds. We tried several different bottles, but our son seemed to always get gas after drinking from the bottle. We made sure to burp him after every couple of ounces; however he continued to get the gas. My wife started to extensively research different baby bottles.  After reading several five star reviews on Dr Brown’s bottles she decided to try the Dr Brown’s BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Bottle Newborn Feeding Set. These bottles feature a patented internal vent system that eliminates the vacuum and air bubbles to reduce gas, burping, spit-up, and colic.  The Dr Brown bottles help to “prevent fluid in the ear,” are “BPA free,” and “easy to clean and dishwasher safe.” The bottles additionally help “maintain vitamins C, A, & E plus lipids.” The flow is similar to breastfeeding and makes for easy feeding for the baby. The elimination of any air bubbles due to the internal vent system makes for a much more comfortable experience for your baby.

Dr. Brown's BPA Natural Flow Bottle Newborn Feeding Set (Packaging may vary)
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 he newborn set that my wife had purchased included 3-8oz bottles with level one nipples, 2-4oz bottles with level one nipples, 2-level 2 nipples, 2-storage/travel caps, and 3-cleaning brushes. My wife was very happy with the set and as of now is doing fine with the amount of bottles; however we are considering buying another newborn set. Our baby is currently eating 6oz at a time, so we find the 8oz bottles to be the most useful. The biggest complaint regarding the bottles is the many components of the bottle.  My wife and I feel that once you understand what parts go together it’s efficient and easy to put a bottle together. The cleaning brushes that come with the set are very handy and allow you to thoroughly clean all of the components. 

Dr. Brown's BPA Free Polypropylene Newborn Feeding Set
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My wife noticed an immediate improvement once she began using the bottles with our newborn. Not only did our son take instantly to the bottle, but he was as calm as he is while nursing. We appropriately put the first bottle together and after finishing up a full 6 ounces we noticed an improvement in his gas. The vent that is in the bottle is fascinating and excellent at keeping out the bubbles. We are very happy with the purchase and truly feel that our infant has less gas and spit up. Something our Doctor taught us has really helped as well, instead of shaking the breast milk/formula, it is important to stir the liquid in order to prevent air bubbles. Between stirring the milk and using the Dr Brown bottles we have a much happier baby.  With being first time parents we are trying to learn as much as we can.  Every day feels like a learning experience. We are always telling other parents about these bottles and are often surprised at how many people are already using them and love them.  

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set
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