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Benefits of Dr. Brown's Bottles

Is that a straw in the Dr. Brown's baby bottle?

No it is not a straw. It is a reservoir tube and it's an integral part of the vent system which channels the air to the area above the liquid, keeping the air from being incorporated into the breast milk or formula.

Why is it good to prevent a vacuum from developing in the bottle?

There are two major problems associated with most traditional baby bottles: air and vacuum. Air ingested by babies can cause discomfort, sleepless nights, gas, spit-up, cramps, and other symptoms associated with colic. A vacuum in the bottle can transfer air to a baby's middle ear and can encourage fluid to be drawn in. Traditional non-vented bottles tend to develop vacuums when babies feed from them because babies need to suck progressively harder to get any liquid from them. Babies seal their lips to the teat when they nurse, but as the vacuum increases they ingest air through a weakened teat seal. Air enters the bottle through the vent in the teat and aerates the breast milk and formula.

What is the difference between the Standard and Wide-Neck Dr. Brown's bottles?

All Dr. Brown's baby bottles share the benefits of the patented internal vent system. Many breast feeding mothers prefer the Dr. Brown's Wide-Neck bottle as the nipple has a broader base, which can avoid nipple confusion for the baby. The Standard Dr. Brown's bottle carries the standard bottle teat, which is more narrow. Both Standard and Wide-Neck bottles each come in 112 gram and 224 gram sizes; our Standard bottle is also available in a 56 gram size which is ideal for premature babies.

Does the Dr. Brown's baby bottle really work?

Yes it does. The Dr. Brown's baby bottle features a patented internal vent system not found in any other bottle. Our bottle is fully-vented for vacuum-free feeding. We call this positive-pressure flow, similar to breast feeding, which allows babies to feed at their own pace. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the teat collar (not the silicone nipple) through the vent system, to the back of the bottle. Air by-passes the breast milk or formula which means no oxidation of nutrients. A recent university study determined that Dr. Brown's bottle helped to preserve levels of nutrients such as vitamins C, A and E.

Usage & Cleaning


Is that a leak?


Because the Dr. Brown's bottle is fully-vented it allows positive-pressure flow, similar to breast feeding. This is essential for the baby to feed without having to suck against a vacuum. Under certain conditions the breast milk or formula can exit through the vent. For example, if the liquid is over heated the expanding air inside the bottle pushes the liquid through the vent causing leakage. Or if the bottle is shaken to mix formula, which we do not recommend, the liquid may enter the vent.

When liquid gets into the venting system, it can sometimes leak out around the teat collar. This can happen in three ways:

If you heat your bottle with the teat collar securely in place, the liquid will be forced up into the vent as it expands. To avoid this, either heat the bottle without the teat collar or loosen the teat collar one-half turn after heating to allow the pressure to equalise. Then, re-tighten it before feeding.


If you use powdered formula and mix it by shaking the bottle, liquid can get into the vent. The solution for this is to mix the formula by stirring it with a spoon rather than by shaking.

If you over heat the liquid in the bottle, the vapour will rise and condense in the vent. To prevent this, avoid warming the liquid beyond body temperature.

When transporting bottles, always keep them upright and USE TRAVEL CAPS to help prevent leaking!

During air travel, remove internal parts and secure with a TRAVEL CAP to prevent leaking from cabin air pressure.

How can I clean my bottle if it is cloudy or stained?

There could be many different reasons why the bottle components may become cloudy, stained or have a film of residue. Plastic bottles and components may become stained or cloudy from contact with ingredients in formula like iron or from juices, foods, cleaning products that contain natural or artificial colouring, water deposits, over boiling and daily use in a dishwasher. It is unlikely that staining or cloudiness will affect performance as long as the bottle and parts are in good condition.

Some of the advice we get from Mums on this topic include:

WHITE VINEGAR - Soak bottle in a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and then rinse with cold water. Many stains will disappear following this procedure, which can also eliminate odors.

BAKING SODA - Juice stains may be removed by putting baking soda and warm water in the bottle and cleaning with a bottle brush. To get rid of sour-milk smell, fill the bottle with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, shake well, and let stand overnight.

Can I sterilise the Dr. Brown's bottles?

Yes, you may put them in a steriliser or boil them in water. Be sure to follow the Instruction Leaflet that comes with your Dr. Brown's bottle. Dr. Brown’s offers Microwave Steam Steriliser Bags and a Microwave Steam Steriliser designed specifically for the baby bottles.

Are Dr. Brown's bottles and components dishwasher safe?

Yes, we recommend loading them in the top rack of your dishwasher. We also offer a Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Steriliser, Dr. Brown's Drying Rack, and Standard and Wide-Neck Dishwasher Baskets to help in cleaning.

Can the bottle be used to heat formula in the microwave?

We do not recommend using a microwave oven to heat the bottle because microwave ovens can create hotspots in milk or formula.

Can I use my Dr. Brown's bottles without the vent system?

The vent is an essential part of the Dr. Brown's system and is required to prevent the vacuum found in other brands of bottles and provide positive-pressure feeding.

What can I do if I have lost a part of the vent?

We sell replacement parts online.

Can I use Dr. Brown's teats on other brands of bottles?

Dr. Brown's teats are of the highest quality. However they are specifically designed for the Dr. Brown's baby bottles and should not be used on other brands of bottles. The Dr. Brown's teat does not have a vacuum operated rim-vent like other brands of bottles. If a Dr. Brown's teat is used on an non-vented bottle the baby may experience feeding difficulties.

When should I switch to the next Dr. Brown's teat Level?

Dr. Brown’s makes it easy by creating a series of bottle teats designed to match the age and feeding habits of your infant. This series includes: Preemie Flow: For feeding preemies. Level One: For feeding newborns. Level Two: For feeding infants aged 3 months + Level Three: For feeding infants aged 6 months + Level Four: For more aggressive eaters Y-Cut: Faster flow for thicker liquids All of these bottle teats vary in size and shape. From the Preemie Flow teat, which limits the flow to tiny mouths to the Y-Cut teat which literally utilises a “Y”-shaped opening to allow for greater milk flow, you’ll find the bottle teat that’s the perfect fit for your baby’s feeding needs. Keep in mind that this Bottle Teat Chart above serves as a general guideline for choosing a bottle teat but is by no means an “end-all” solution. It is important to carefully watch the feeding habits of your little one. For instance, is your three-month-old not seeming to get enough from the bottle at feeding time? Moving her up from a Level One to a Level Two bottle teat may be in order. Adapt your bottle teat selection to match your baby’s feeding style, regardless of age. 

Is it necessary to only use Dr. Brown's nipples on my Dr. Brown's bottles?

Because the Dr. Brown's baby bottle is fully vented it requires a unique teat. Other bottles have a vacuum inside that restricts the flow of liquid, and because of the vacuum the teats on these bottles tend to have a very large hole. Using one of these teats on a Dr. Brown's baby bottle could result in feeding your baby much too fast, possibly causing them to choke.

Are your prices GST inclusive?

Yes. All our prices are inclusive of GST including shipping prices.





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