When a parent buys Dr. Brown's baby bottles, they buy them because they're the most natural feeding solution for your baby. Dr. Brown's Baby claims to be the best baby bottle on the market.
Designed by a doctor to provide the most natural flow of milk, these bottles help reduce feeding problems such as spitting up, colic and gastrointestinal issues. They also help retain vitamins and nutrients that can be lost when bottle feeding.
Why Buy a Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle?
Dr. Brown's uses a vent system to create air and milk flow like a breast. There isn't a vacuum seal so the baby doesn't have to suck hard to bring down milk, instead, the vents create a force of air that helps the milk flow at a natural pace.
Parents who use Dr. Brown’s Baby bottles are usually very happy with the way they reduce gas and relieve colic.
The vent system also helps reduce gastrointestinal upset and acid reflux in nursing babies. A lot of parents prefer Dr. Brown’s Baby bottles over other brands and styles because they have proven to work in reducing bubbles, however, the vents are sensitive and if not used properly tend to leak.
Many parents have complained about problems with their Dr. Brown's Baby bottles leaking.
There are two types of bottles to choose from the Original Dr. Brown's Baby bottle and the Options Dr. Brown's Baby bottle. The original version tends to leak less, but the options type gives parents a choice of using the internal vent system or a vent in the nipple.
Most people have issues with leakage when using their Options bottles.
What Happens If your Brown’s Baby Bottles Leak?
One of the most frustrating things about Dr. Brown’s Baby bottle vent system is it tends to leak.
Not only is your baby not getting the nutrition they need, but they are also being soiled with milk, frustrated with poor milk flow and perhaps filled with unwanted air bubbles that could hurt their digestion.
To prevent leaking make sure the vent system is locked into place and the bottle collar has been tightened but not over tightened. Closing the bottle too tightly can cause the vent seal to break because of too much pressure in the bottle.
Do not heat the bottle with the vent system in place. The liquid can escape through the vent if it expands because the temperature of the vent system gets too high.
When you are feeding your baby tilt the bottle at a 45-degree angle to ensure proper airflow and prevent the vent reservoir from being submerged in milk. The liquid can travel up the reservoir tube while a baby is feeding if the bottle is level and not at a 45-degree angle.
When mixing formula do not to shake the bottle with the vent in or it will cause the vent to leak.
The easiest way to mix formula is to shake it in the bottle. If you shake to mix your formula with the vent in, however, it will cause leaking. You can either mix with a spoon or shake the bottle while using the travel cap to seal the bottle while you shake it and then replace the vent system when the formula is mixed.
Make sure you use an age-appropriate nipple. If your baby is sucking hard and struggling to draw milk, it can break the vent seal and cause leaks.
Also before assembling your bottle ensure that all components are clean and dry. Having moisture under the collar or in between the bottle and the vent can cause leakage.
Lastly, don’t fill past the fill line. Overfilling the bottle will cause more leaks. Sometimes parents make the mistake of measuring 8 oz of water and then adding formula, which can actually cause the liquid to go beyond the fill line. Make sure you allow enough room for the formula so the bottle doesn’t get overfilled.
If for some reason none of these solutions work for your leaking problems you can call the Dr. Brown’s Baby Company and they will send you a new vent system which is more leak proof.
You can contact the Dr. Brown's Baby bottle company by calling their toll free number: 1-800-778-9001 or email them at [email protected]. If you want to send them a letter through the post, send it to this address:
4433 Fyler Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63116
Is it Worth It To Use Dr. Brown’s Bottles?
Despite the issue with leaking, which is the number one complaint parents have with these bottles, overall they are better for a baby's digestion and still preferred by parents over other baby bottles.
While choosing a brand and style of baby bottle is always up to a parent’s preference, most parents agree that Dr. Brown’s are the best despite the issues with leaks because of the sensitive vent system that makes it easier for your baby to bottle feed naturally.
They are recommended for children with colic especially because they have been proven to reduce gas bubbles and acid reflux.