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Old 03-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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Slow flow vs fast flow nipples

So I have a 4 month old boy who is in school full time (since 2 months old) as I work out of home. He takes 12 oz total in 3 bottles during the time I am gone. I pump and have a good supply with a decent freezer stash.

Both teachers have commented on how he seems to need a faster flowing nipple and that he takes a long time to eat. My mom sat with him a few hours last weekend and made the same remark regarding the 2nd feeding, but said he ate fine during the first.

I use Playtex venti-air bottles and used them with my first LO with no issues. This one nurses like a champ. He also uses a paci and seems to have no nipple confusion. I wonder if I should change bottles or if my guy is just a slow eater. I am hesitant to go with faster nipples because I do not want him to be a lazy nurser. The weird thing is sometimes he eats just fine. So it can't be the bottles if it doesn't happen all the time... Right?

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Breastfed babies need the slow flow. It should take him longer to eat. They just need to deal with it. You get him on fast flowing and it could really effect your nursing. Just kindly explain that nursed babies are used to a slow flowing boob and have to stay on a slow flowing nipple to stay on the breast.
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Thanks for the validation. I know I'm right in my mind about the slow flow, but it is nice to hear from other like minded mammas.
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I had someone in daycare of my 1st convince me of a fast flowing nipple and my son stopped nursing at 4 months. I am sure they were just used to formula fed babies and wanted to not take so long to feed my son, but it ruined my nursing relationship.
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Re: Slow flow vs fast flow nipples

I agree! Stick with the slow flow. 12 ounces might be a lot for 8-9 hours for him. Maybes he goes extra slow because he's not very hungry.
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Ya it is just about 10 hours with travel time that he is away. I used to send 9 oz but they said he was always hungry so now I just send what I pump which is about 12 oz.

We will stick with it.
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Re: Slow flow vs fast flow nipples

My first would do this with her bottles(Nuk). I don't think it was the bottle. I just think she wanted to suck and just 'nursed' the bottle. I also think that if they aren't really drinking the bottle then chances are they aren't that hungry and its probably an unnecessary feeding that should probably be cut out. Does he take a paci?
How many oz is he taking at a feed?
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Breastfed babies need the slow flow. It should take him longer to eat. They just need to deal with it. You get him on fast flowing and it could really effect your nursing. Just kindly explain that nursed babies are used to a slow flowing boob and have to stay on a slow flowing nipple to stay on the breast.
This. Slow flow only!
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I agree! Stick with the slow flow. 12 ounces might be a lot for 8-9 hours for him. Maybes he goes extra slow because he's not very hungry.
This too! It's a rule of thumb to do 1 ounce per hour. I would cut the bottles back a bit.
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Slow nipples for breastfeeding babies is what I read on books. Agree with all the other posts.
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