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Baby Milkbank Vented Feeding Bottle

*Est. $18 for three 8 oz. bottles
Reviewed
June 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Pros
  • Vented system reduces colic
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Straw can separate from the nipple
  • Paint can come off of the bottles
  • Vent tube acquires a film
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Baby MilkBank Vented Feeding Bottles are designed to prevent colic with a triple-vented cap. There is a storage system available for keeping breast milk as fresh as possible: the MilkBank Vacuum Storage System (*Est. $25) and Insulated Feeding Bottles (*Est. $20 for three). All storage bottles, feeding bottles and insulated bottles are fully compatible. Parents mostly love the anti-colic feature, but there are two big drawbacks to this bottle: The measurement markings wear off fairly quickly and there is no website as of this writing. Customer service was helpful and prompt, saying their website -- MilkBank.com -- was down and they did not know when it would be back up. The ability of consumers to acquire information online rather than by making phone calls can't be overstated.

BPA-free, no small parts

Baby MilkBank bottles and kits have many different components, but they're all BPA-free, so there are no concerns about chemical leaching. There are no small parts to present a choking hazard.

Not easy to assemble, but worth it if it works

Reviewers say that Baby MilkBank bottles are not easy to use, citing the multiple components that must be assembled before use. There are very few complaints of leakage, however, and, like most anti-colic systems, it works for some babies, not for others. Parents like the vacuum storage system and seem willing to put up with the complexity of the bottle for the perceived benefits of vacuum sealing breast milk.

All components are dishwasher safe on the top rack only. Some parents complain that the straw becomes filmy when you use the bottle for formula and is difficult to clean, but users say that, in general, the bottle is easy to clean.   

Top feature seems to be optional storage system

The Baby MilkBank bottle is a good choice for moms who breastfeed and want to store breast milk. The bottles get good reviews for their anti-colic properties, but moms rave about the vacuum-sealing system for the storage bottles. They require more work than a traditional pump and store system. It costs more to buy the entire system, but moms who breastfeed say it's worth it.

The bottom line

The Baby MilkBank bottle is good for moms who breastfeed and pump. It gets good reviews as an anti-colic bottle, but its best feature seems to be the option to store breast milk using a unique vacuum-sealing system, which is interchangeable with the bottles. There are a lot of components and it's best to become completely familiar with how they go together at your leisure rather than during a bleary-eyed 2 a.m. feeding. 

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MilkBank BPA Free Vented Feeding Bottles 5 oz - 3-Pack

 (31 reviews)
Buy new: $16.99 $16.63   6 New from $6.71

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

In more than 20 reviews, the MilkBank Vented Feeding Bottles bottles earn an impressive 4.3 stars out of 5. Parents say the anti-colic system is great and the bottles are easy to clean and don't leak. Even those who love the bottles say the measurement markings wear off fairly quickly, even if the bottle is exclusively hand washed.

Review: MilkBank BPA Free Vented Feeding Bottles 8 oz - 3-Pack, Contributors to Amazon.com

2. About.com

The About.com guide for pregnancy and childbirth says this bottle reduced her child's problem with spitting up. She notes that it is easy to clean and assemble.

Review: Milk Bank Baby Bottles, Robin Elise Weiss

3. NexTag.com

Nextag collects reviews from other websites and combines them into one source, in this case, the reviews come from Target.com and Diapers.com. In 17 reviews, the MilkBank bottle is recommended by 82 percent of owners. Reviewers from Target seemed to like the bottles the most, and they liked the leak-proof nature of the bottle as well as the anti-colic system. Again, there are complaints of the measurement markings wearing off quickly.

Review: Dex Products MilkBank Vented Feeding Bottles 8oz (3-Pack), Contributors to Nextag.com, 2009

4. YouTube.com

This video shows a mother feeding her baby using the MilkBank system. She talks about the insulation on the bottle so that the breast milk stays the same temperature throughout the feeding. Plus, she likes the anti-colic system.

Review: MilkBank Insulated and Vented Breast Milk Bottles Explained by Anne, "MilkBank", March 24, 2009

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