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Pregnancy Journal: Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding with Dr. Brown’s


With baby set to arrive in a few months, I have been carefully planning out every detail. I know from experience there are certain products I need, and others that I can really do without. Two essential things for any nursing (or bottle feeding) parent is a comfortable feeding pillow and a great set of bottles.

I can still remember how much of a backache you can get by not having the proper positioning, and how much harder it makes feeding time. This time around I want to make sure that both baby and myself are comfortable, so when Dr. Brown’s offered to let me try one of their breastfeeding pillows I was thrilled to take them up on the offer. I also got to try out the glass bottles from Dr. Brown’s. We used Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles for both of my previous kids and just loved them, but when I found out there was a model in glass I had to get it!

Dr. Brown’s Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow

Although my little one hasn’t arrived yet, there are several features about this pillow that I can already tell you I’m gonna love!

The first thing is the angled design. This is a patented design that positions baby at an incline. This could help in digestion and preventing reflux. The pillow also sits taller and wider than other pillows, giving moms a wide variety of ways to position the pillow for maximum comfort…and I’m all about comfort!

dr browns gia angle

Next is that both the pillow and covers are machine washable. This is a huge deal! Having a pillow that you can just throw in the wash makes life so much easier when you are a busy parent.

I also love that even without a cover the pillow has an amazing design! With the stitching pattern that is already on the pillow it looks great, and I can decide if I just want to use the pillow or change it up a bit with a fun cover.

dr browns gia stitching

More about the Dr. Brown’s Gia Breastfeeding Pillow

  • Designed by a Lactation Consultant
  • Angled feeding may help digestion and reduce reflux and other feeding problems
  • Wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent baby from rolling down
  • Patented, non-flat design positions baby at incline
  • Thick-to-thin design to grow with baby for virtually limitless nursing positions
  • Quilted 100% Cotton Shell
  • Machine Wash & Dry/Retains shape throughout washing
  • Use with or without cover

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Glass Bottles

If you know anything about me, you know that I’ve been trying to pursue a more natural route when it comes to our baby products. We are planning on using cloth diapers and wipes, I’m looking into doing VBAC versus having another cesarean, and a lot of the products we plan on using for baby are things that are safer for either the environment and/or our baby.

For me, a glass bottle fits the bill of being both safer for the environment and baby. Plastic manufacturing has a huge impact on the environment, and even products that are BPA free still concern me as I worry about chemicals leaching into the food or drink. I was so thrilled to find out Dr. Brown’s actually has a line of glass bottles because we loved using the natural flow design with our first two kids, and being able to find that same function in a glass bottle is amazing!

dr browns bottles

Even though these bottles do have a few more bits and pieces to them, they really aren’t that much work and the added benefits you get from the vent system really seem to have paid off in the past.

dr browns bottle pieces

How the Dr. Brown’s vent system works

The bottle features a patented two-piece internal vent system that works unlike any other bottle design.

The vent system fully vents our bottle for vacuum-free feeding, which we call positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the nipple collar through the vent system, bypassing the breast-milk or formula, to the back of the bottle. Air never mixes with the breastmilk or formula which minimizes oxidation and helps preserve essential nutrients like vitamins C, A and E.

Babies feed more comfortably because the vent system allows them to nurse without fighting the negative effects of a vacuum or the discomfort of ingesting air bubbles. This helps to reduce feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping, and gas. The breast-milk or formula flows freely, without nipple collapse.

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What was your feeding method of choice? Did you use a breastfeeding pillow?


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48 Responses to Pregnancy Journal: Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding with Dr. Brown’s

  1. Keoammara Chhun September 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Dr. Brown is an amazing brand. I only have one child and he is about to turn two. I honestly wished I could have breast fed him. I would love to receive or give Dr. browns breast pump. I learned that the less oxizidation means nore nutrients.

  2. Laura Miller September 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I love the Simplisse pump!

  3. Ashley September 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I loved Dr Browns with my son!!

  4. Tiffany Schmidt September 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I LOVE their dishwasher baskets that fit the bottles perfectly!

  5. Denise Titus September 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I would like to have the glass 8oz bottles. I have a stock of plastic but would love to try out glass

  6. Mindi September 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    My feeding of choice is breastfeeding and yes nursing pillows are a must!

  7. Aleshia Ludwig September 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Love The Dr Browns Pacifiers!! Pregnancy Pillows Are A Must! Makes It Easier To Sleep

  8. Sara September 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    i would to have this

  9. Lauren September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    This would be great to have as I plan on trying to breastfeed my second child, due in 3 weeks!

    • Jesica H September 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm #


      • Lauren September 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

        Thank you!

  10. Jessica T September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I used bottle feeding but did use a feeding pillow as well, for my baby due next month I plan on breastfeeding!

  11. Bryanne September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    the pillow

  12. Rama A September 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Dr. Brown has an amazing products for breast feeding . they are the best they have a special breast feeding line which is so interesting and .

  13. Nicole-Lynn September 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    The Dr. Browns Dishwasher Basket is another item I’d like to try. This pillow looks great for nursing and the glass bottles I’ve heard wonderful things about. I’m expecting my first baby this fall, thanks for the opportunity!


  14. Su September 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Dr. Brown has done wonders for all breast feeding mother.

  15. samantha zebro September 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Breastfeeding Pillow my sister is gonna try breatfeeding and would like for her to try this

  16. Kalynn T. September 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I would really like to try the glass bottles. I am hoping maybe someone will buy them for my baby shower!

  17. Helen September 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I would love to have the nursing pillow. I already have some of the bottles; I haven’t used them yet (due in 11 days) but have heard great things about them from my friends.

  18. Rebecca Orr September 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I like the double electric breast pump.

  19. Roberta September 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Im in love with Dr Browns bottles! would love to have a few more since I only have two bottles.

  20. Abra September 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I love Dr. Brown’s bottles. I used them with my son ten years ago and with my 14 month old daughter. I am breastfeeding my 3 month old and I plan to pump some to allow dad to help feed her. I have used a boppy pillow to help breast feed and to help my babies sit up. This is a great giveaway!

  21. Janna September 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I love the electric double breast pump! speed is important because I will be pumping at work!

  22. Sharon September 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I always wanted a nursing pillow but ended up using several pillows from my bed. If I had to give one thing to a new nursing mom – it would be a special pillow!
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  23. suzanne September 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    This nursing pillow looks amazing. I have tried multiple bottles with my children and this one seems to cover all the basis that many moms go through when feeding their child. I loved nursing but had to give it up early due to not producing enough milk. Hoping the next one I can go longer.

    • Jesica H September 24, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Same happened with me.. couldn’t produce enough and baby didn’t latch on properly first time. Second time went better and was able to breastfeed longer, but still had to supplement as I couldn’t produce enough. Hoping 3rd times a charm!

  24. Jeannette Olton September 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I would love to have the breastfeeding pillow for my daughter. She is expecting my first grandchild in January. She is planning on breastfeeding and I think this pillow would be so helpful for her.

  25. Jennifer September 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    i ft breastfed my first and will do the same with #2 due this winter. i love the breastmilk storage solutions!

  26. Jacque September 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I am a soon to be FTM. I am very interested in the nursing pillows. I want to do what’s best for my little one!
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  27. Alyssa Kimball September 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I love the pillow. I really want to try it out. It’s really unique, I haven’t seen one like it before.

  28. Jenni L. September 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I love the anti colic features!

  29. lily mena September 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    i did use the Boppy pillow but just only for the first few weeks until my baby lached on better. It was sort of annoying cause the pillow was not wide enough around my waist to fit comfortable at times. Breastfed for 8 months and used the dr browns wide neck bottles since supplementing with formula i needed the wide neck bottles to have more space when pouring scoops of formula.Dr brown bottles are seriously the best bottles in the world!

  30. Denise Osborn September 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I would love to own the simplisse pump. I cannot find one that really works great. This one looks awesome

  31. arlene rodriguez September 24, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Bottle fed my 3 sons

    • arlene rodriguez September 24, 2013 at 12:09 am #

      also did not have a breast pillow…do not know if they had these 25 yrs ago…but would love one for my daughter in law and son who will be having their first baby in January

  32. Jessica M September 24, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I breastfed my oldest daughter for as long as I could before my milk dried up. I used Dr. Brown’s bottles for breast milk and then formula after. I loved them. With my second daughter, I am currently successfully breastfeeding and am planning to do so for as long as I am able. I received different bottles as a gift this time around and I am missing my Dr. Brown’s. I plan to replace the ones I have with Dr. Brown’s for feeding when I am away from my baby. We almost always use a nursing pillow during feedings.

  33. Ritush September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I pumped and used Dr. Browns bottles to feed my son until he was ~7.5 months. Great option for night time feedings so daddy can assist. 🙂
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  34. Lisa E September 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    i love the Simplisse breast pump – wish i had one

  35. kristy September 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Neat Pillow~

  36. Kailee Bowman September 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I love the nursing pillow. I am expecting my first, and I am wanting to breastfeed

  37. Katy M September 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m expecting our first baby in December and learned about the benefits of glass bottles. I’m planning on breasts feeding, so I hadn’t thought much about bottles, but I will pump some and love that glass bottles help preserve vitamins in the breast milk!

  38. Rebecca Parsons September 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    I learned that they reduce colic, spitup and gas. My first one suffered from colic and I would love avoid that with the next one.

  39. kelly September 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I’m due in less than a week with my first. I’d love the nursing pillow
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  40. Noelle September 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I due with my second little one and with my first I did not have a chance to get your product nor did I know much. But I have heard so many amazing things from my mommy friends and I am so ecstatic to try your product this time around!

  41. Darlene Carbajal September 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I’d like the Pacifiers.

  42. Christina Strapp October 5, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    I would like to try the electric breast pump.

  43. Michael Lambert October 5, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I like the standard bottles.


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