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Kiinde Squeeze Review
Price: $15 List | $5.62 each (in 2-pack) from Amazon - 63% Off
Pros: Liner works on pump, recyclable
Cons: Awkward hold, nipple, purchase of liners
Bottom line: Possible time saver, but it has added waste & need for more purchases.
The Kiinde Squeeze is a bottle system that includes disposable pouches and reusable bottle and nipple that can connect directly to some pumps. This bottle seems like it will be a time saver and prevent some cleaning steps, but it actually requires more assembly, that is more complex, than other options, and the pouch holder and nipple (similar number of items as traditional bottles) will still need to be cleaned between feedings. We think the use of disposable pouches is bad for the environment and they have no real advantage in performance to justify the added cost and time. While we do like the idea of pumping right into the pouch for storage and attaching to bottle when needed, the low performance scores make this design one we do not recommend.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Kiinde Squeeze is specifically designed with pumping moms in mind with twist pouches that work with a Direct-Pump adapter so you can pump directly into the pouch that can then be used for storage and attached to the Squeeze bottle and Active Latch nipple for feeding. The goal of this Kiinde product is to help avoid the need to transfer milk from one container to another. This can decrease the potential loss of milk and clean up of multiple containers normally required for pumping, storing and feeding. The pouches collapse as baby feed decreasing ingestible air without vents and valves, and they are recyclable and BPA, PVC, and phthalate free. The pouches can be warmed in a bottle warmer, and the bottle and nipples are top rack dishwasher safe and can be used in a steam sterilizer. The Active Latch nipples teach and reward deep latching and work in a similar fashion to mom's breast to discourage lazy latching and ease the transition from bottle to breast and back again.
Unfortunately, that is about all we did like when it came to the Squeeze.
The Squeeze is a good concept that is unfortunately poorly executed. This led to more dislikes than likes for this contraption.
Ease of use is where the Squeeze really had some trouble in our tests. Whether it was for storage or feeding the design seemed flawed in almost every aspect making the cool concept fail in execution.
For pumping and storage the bags were kind of on the long side which means you either have to pump standing up or he bags hit your legs and bend making them hard to completely fill.
For feeding we continued to have trouble and dislike the pouches. All testers had trouble inserting the bag into the frame and seating the nipple which resulted in some leaking and loss of milk. The bottle itself is very long and awkward for baby to hold, and squeezing the pouch to expel the trapped air isn't always easy or even practical. Perhaps its biggest flaw however, is that even a full bag is often not enough milk for a single feeding depending on how much you are able to pump per sitting or how much baby is able to drink. This means you may need 3 or more bags per feeding for baby to feel full. This means you will be interrupting feeding up to 2 times to remove an empty pouch and nipple so you can attach a full pouch. Many babies will be intolerant of the continued interruption and it could result in limited feedings, frustrated crying, and the inability for baby to fall asleep while feeding when satiated.
The continued purchasing of the pouches also makes the product more expensive over time than using a more traditional bottle that only requires the regular replacement of nipples. The Kiinde bottle plus nipple is already one of the most expensive plastic bottles in this review, the continued need to purchase plastic pouches only increases the long term cost.
This bottle scored poorly for eco-health with components that are all plastic. We don't like plastic and we really don't like that the bags are disposable. Sure, they are recyclable, but we doubt most parents will take advantage of this and the bags will end up in the landfill just so mom and dad don't need to clean the traditional bottle body. The components are also made in China where standards on production are not as strict as they are elsewhere. In general, we prefer glass bottles to plastic and manufactured in the United States or Europe over China.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Squeeze is the only bottle Kiinde makes, but it does offer a host of accessories for making the Squeeze Twist more user friendly.
If you plan to use this system with your breast pump (as it is designed to do) you'll need the Direct Pump Adapters. These adapters allow the Twist pouches to be connected to your breast pump. The adapters will need to be cleaned on a regular basis and work with most major brand breast pumps.
You might also consider purchasing the Kozi Breastmilk and Bottle Warmer. This warmer is designed with the Twist pouches in mind and can also work with most bottle bodies. This can help make warming frozen milk easier, faster, and safer than other methods. You can read more about this award winning product in the full review for the Kiinde Kozi in our best bottle warmer review.
To make this system truly complete they also offer the Keeper, which is a breastmilk organizer for use in your fridge or freezer. The organizer is almost a must have because it holds the bags flat which is the shape you will need to fit the pouches in the warmer and bottle.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: June 29, 2016
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