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Titts McGeee:I wouldnt buy too many until you figure out what works best for you and baby. I EBFed the first and ended up using one of my 9 million bottles maybe 5 times ever.
This. I pumped for 2 months and used Medela, which DD did fine with, but we had bought Nuk wide bottles and never really used them. Some babies are picky about that, and if you end up EBF you may never need them at all, so I recommend getting a small supply just in case you need to pump or supplement formula at the beginning and then go from there. There's no way to know in advance what your baby will like, so one brand is as good as the next.
I agree with a lot of the early responses, it really depends on what your baby prefers. Also keep in mind that sometimes Nipple confusion can occur. I know with my son, I was given quite a few of the cheap Parent's Choice bottles from Wal-Mart but after he used them, he had a harder time latching on to the breast. I found that for him the Nuk bottles worked best, but we were going to Breastflow bottles towards the end of the bottle stage but decided to just take him to sippy cups instead. But like I said it really just depends on baby.
Also when it comes to Breast pumps I would recommend spending more for the electric. I tried a manual first and while it worked okay for the first three months it was a lot slower and ended up breaking sooner than my electric (which is the same I am going to use with this baby) did.
I EBF with DD, but when she would take a bottle it was only playtex or dr browns. they are apparently the most 'nipple like'.
I'd have a few on hand, just in case, but otherwise I'd wait to stock up before you know for sure how you'll be feeding your baby.
I used the Medela Swing Pump. It was nice because it was a double pump with a little "cooler". I would also reccomend buying a hands free pumping bra. I can't remember what they are called- Simple wishes maybe? Anyway I got it on Amazon. Also, check with your insurance. My payflex paid for my pump.
As for bottles... I bought a few different ones and then went from there. Our DD liked the Medela ones the best.