Bottles and Breasts

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We've all been told that breast is best. And indeed according to the Center's for Disease control breastfeeding is on the rise. In 2004, 11.3% of babies were exclusively breastfed for the first six months. This is a slight increase from the 10.3% recorded in 2003.

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But for working moms or moms with breastfeeding challenges, breastfeeding isn't always an option. That's where bottles come in. Whether it's filled with breast milk or formula, at some point 99% of us are going to have to rely on a bottle for help.

Here's my advice. Buy 2-3 different brands and try them out before sinking the cash into a complicated bottle system. I tried Dr. Browns, Avent and Gerber. My conclusion: Avent worked best for my daughter.

With baby #2, I'm going to give the new Adiri bottle a shot. It's got a funky design and a soft, skin-like nipple. I also like the fact that the bottle is 100% polycarbonate free. They call their system the "Fill, Twist and Feed." Sleepy moms will love the fact that you don't have to find and secure a nipple onto a bottle to make this work--fewer pieces are always a plus in my view. The bottles ($12.50 each) are available in three nipple sizes that help control the flow of liquids to baby. A three-pack (one of each size) runs $35.50.

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The bottle is sealed by a large protective cover--not just a cap. This helps keep germs at bay. The bottles can be boiled or sanitized and also can be tossed in the dishwasher. These bottles are proving so popular that Adiri is experiencing back orders--so try to order in anticipation of your needs. The

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