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5.0 out of 5 stars Air intake is not the sole cause of colic, 26 Jun 2013
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This review is from: MAM Anti-Colic Self-Sterilising Bottle Starter Set (Green) (Accessory)
We always used to use the doc brown anticolic bottles for our other children (now 7 and 8) as these were the only BPA free anticolic bottles that worked well at that time. Unfortunately the main problem with them, was the hassle of cleaning the long tubular anti colic valve and component parts, which used to drive me nuts. These MAM bottles separate into the individual component parts of lid, teat, collar, bottle body, silicone insert and vented bottle base all of which can be thoroughly scrubbed without any bother, but the main advantage is the ability to loosely assemble them together, add 20ml of water and zap in the microwave for 3minutes to sterilise them. This is just perfect when you need a bottle in a hurry or just don't fancy switching on an electric steriliser or spend 6-8mins using one of the larger microwave sterilisers out there.

The other advantage is the teat design which my little un seems to prefer when compared to other standard designs- it's different in that it is flattened on two sides just below the tip and being really soft mimics the natural softness of the nipple and allows a good latch-on for the baby. The dummy also has this design and again is a winner with my bairn. Combine these features together with an anticolic system that works and in my book these are the best bottles I have ever tried and will continue to do so.

I have had the odd leakage, but each time that has been due to me not assembling the screw fitting base properly, which is very easy to do when hurrying with a screaming baby in one hand and trying to get a feed made up with the other free hand. However, because of the modular design, when the bottle is tipped upside down, as for feeding, you can always just unscrew and readjust the bottle base in situ so it's no major gripe. If I have any criticism it's that the graduation markings on the side could be made a bit clearer and less cluttered with the green coloured graphics used.

One caveat I'd add is that whilst bottles are marketed as 'anticolic' I feel that this truly is a misnomer as they don't totally eliminate colic at all, but merely improve the flow of liquid from the bottle to babe whilst minimising air flow in, which is only one possible cause of the problem. There is no true consensus on the exact cause of colic and most doctors agree that the cause is multifactorial with factors such as food (especially lactose)intolerance, immature digestive system, reflux indigestion, hormonal imbalance, immature nervous system, hypersensitivity to the environment including sights & sounds, and intake of air with the feed, all possibly contributing to varying degrees.

Regular winding during feeding is paramount and if you're baby is really struggling with colic, try using a reduced or lactose free feed which has worked wonders for all our babes compared to using the dubious anticolic medications on the market, none of which in my experience work.
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