The First Years Breastflow Starter Kit

The First Years Breastflow Starter Kit

The Breastflow Starter Set is a great gift for expecting and new moms. The kit includes everything needed to get started: two 5 oz bottles with Stage 1 nipples and bottle covers, two 9 oz bottles with Stage 2 flow nipples and bottle covers, a unique snap-to-bottle container, and bottle brush.Breastflow is the only feeding system that requires both suction and compression, just like breast feeding. The nipple is designed to mimic the breast so baby can latch on and to encourage the same mouth and tongue position as breast feeding. The double nipple system requires both suction and compression, just like breast feeding and baby controls the flow of milk. It’s the bottle most like breastfeeding.

Main features

  • Unique nipple-within-nipple design allows soft outer nipple to safely compress for less air.
  • Short nipple is designed to draw baby close to surface.
  • Wide-neck design is easy to fill and clean.
  • Starter Set Includes: 2 – 5 oz bottles, 2 – 9oz bottles, 1 snack/formula container, 1 bottle brush
  • Birth +

Verified reviews

★★★★★

great idea but not so great in practice

i had these and i tried it b/c my son wouldn’t take the bottle after i breastfed for a month… not only he didn’t like it, it also leaks like crazy. it flowed too slow for him. maybe this would work for newborns but not when they’re a bit older. there’s only one hole and he got frustrated sucking so hard. and did i mention it leaks and wasted my milk. the plastic feels cheap too. i went back to avent and he did fine switching back and forth.

Georgina Speedwell, TN
★★★★★

Great for a new born – keeps her suction strong.

I love these bottles because my daughter really works on getting the milk out and doesn’t get to slack off. Hence it’s perfect for alternating with the breast. The bottom nipple (blue) tends to discolor pretty fast, especially if you boil it, so watch out for that as it can be harmful. I would say that in addition to this starter set you should definately get three more smaller bottles and replacement nipples. I’m not using the larger bottles yet and the two small ones in the set was not enough for me. I like to store several feeding in advance. Great set, good price, happy baby.

Melisa Derby, KS
★★★★★

not so great…

I was very very excited about these bottles… however I soon grew to hate them and regret not buying more Avent. They leak like crazy… Its very annoying to have your baby crying and as soon as you give him the bottle, have the milk leak and have to take the bottle away and make her cry again while you put the milk in another bottle. I searched online and this happens to a lot of people, so its not just a bad batch that I got. I tried everything to make them work but nothing helped… and then, as soon as my daughter started having cereal in her milk, they became even more useless. Since the cereal makes the milk very thick, she has to suction very hard to get the milk out through both of the nipples. A bottle feeding of 5 minutes could easily take 45 minutes… and she eventually would get tired and give up and leave half of the milk in the bottle….not recommended.

Monique Williamsburg, MO
★★★★★

LOVE LOVE LOVE

I love these bottles. I have been using them for about 2 months now. I breastfeed my daughter, but she has also had expressed breast milk in a bottle from the beginning as well. I tried the playtex nursers and she had a lot of gas. Then I tried the NUK bottles and she did well. She had less gas. I even tried the Playtex nursers with the orthodonic nipple. In the end I went through about 6 diffrent types of bottles. One of my big fears was that she would not want nurse anymore and want just the bottle. Then I found these bottles. I could not find them locally so I had to order them. I did eventually find them at Babies R Us. My daughter laches right on to these bottles.I have had no problems with gas with these bottles. On the box it recommends to only use the stage 1 nipples when you breast feed, but when I bottle fed her it would take her 45 minutes, so I did buy the stage 2 nipples and now she can finish a bottle when she is really hungry in 15-20 min. This is about the same time she nurses and I have not had a prob with her not wanting to nurse. She still perfers to nurse. The stage 2 nipples do drip a little bit into her mouth w/o her sucking which the stage 1 nipples did not do. Overall they are great they are easy to clean even though there is an extra part to clean.

Marina Stearns, KY
★★★★★

Good idea; poor execution and quality lacking

I was so excited to try these out since they really do seem like the perfect thing for typically breastfed babies. Maybe we just got a bad batch or something, but I hate these bottles. The outer nipple is designed to feel like a breast, but when my 3 month old gets it into her mouth it collapses onto itself, then the suction from trying to drink from it and the milk gathered in the nipple seem to create some kind of vacuum and make it hard for her to drink. At least that’s what it looks like to me. Maybe she just hates them and is fighting me on it. This also seems to be one of the worst bottles that I’ve tried as far as air getting into the bottle and making baby uncomfortable. Since my daughter has/had some reflux and gas issues, it was a no-go for us. I also used ours pretty rarely and at least two of them (out of the starter set) have cracked already. They don’t leak yet, but there are little fissures in a sunburst pattern on the bottom of the bottles. The plastic feels pretty thin and cheap, and apparently it is. It seemed like a good idea, but the quality leaves a lot to be desired, and the design, for whatever reason, isn’t working out for us.

Caroline Bombay, NY
★★★★★

I love these bottles!

I really don’t think it’s fair to ever give bottles low reviews unless there is a quality issue. Whether or not your baby takes them is a personal thing and will differ by child, but it doesn’t mean the bottles aren’t good. My guy took to these right away and goes between nursing and the bottle all the time.As for the quality, I have owned two of the starter kits. I had horrible leaking issues with the first kit. And no, I’m not an idiot, I’m capable of putting the bottle together correctly. After I had thrush, I had to throw all my bottles away, so I had to replace the kit. The second batch I got may have been a redesign, there were some differences in the way the blue nipple was designed. This helped drain the milk that accumulated between the two nipples much easier. So, at some point the quality really improved. I still have an occasional leak, but I just take apart and reassemble and that takes care of it.This kit is great for the occasional bottle feeder, it has just what you need, no more and no less.If you are concerned about BPA (these are not BPA free), Avent bottles have a drop-in liner for their Tempo wide-mouth bottles. They fit the Breastflow bottles perfectly and you therefore avoid having to have the milk touch the bottle. Plus, you really then don’t have to sterilize the bottle which is how they say the BPA eventually gets released.These are an awesome first step for any breastfeeding mom who is ready to give a bottle.

Margie Williamstown, NJ