May 2013 Moms

Breast and bottle feeders....

I BF and supplement with formula, and at daycare LO gets pumped milk and formula. I'm still using the newborn flow AVENT nipples, and it takes forever for her to finish a bottle. I'm wondering if I should switch to the stage 2 slow flow nipples, but I worry it will be too different from the breast. For those of you who combo breast and bottles, what flow are you using? LO is 2 months old for those on mobile.
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Re: Breast and bottle feeders....

  • kmcd23kmcd23
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    We do some bottle fed breast milk every day, using the Medela Calma nipple. I'm amazed at how fast it is, for a nipple that's supposed to slow them down. LO usually nurses for 30-45 minutes, but he takes 3 ounces in just a few minutes with that nipple. 
    I'd like to go slower, but I'm afraid to introduce anything else. 
  • We use Medela slow flow nipples, and they seem to be working well. I think it's probably worth a try!
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  • Unless there is an issue of LO getting frustrated with the flow I wouldn't change it. Otherwise it could come out too fast
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  • image clineak:
    We use Medela slow flow nipples, and they seem to be working well. I think it's probably worth a try!


    We do this too and it seems to work well.
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  • image clineak:
    We use Medela slow flow nipples, and they seem to be working well. I think it's probably worth a try!


    We use the same. How many ounces do you give your LO at once? How quickly does your LO finish? We give our LO 4 or 5 ounces and she finishes in less than 10min! We burp every two ounces and after she burps, she screams until you give it back! I feel she's drinking too fast, but I'm not sure??

  • I was told a feeding was supposed to be around 20 minutes with a bottle. Much faster and the flow is too fast. Slower and flow is too slow. Baby will tend to snack more because they get tired of working to drink their bottle.

    I just adjust accordingly.
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  • My LC told me that the bottle should take 20 minutes so I have been using what I heard is the slowest flow possible, the Dr. Brown's premie nipple. It seems to be the perfect flow for him and he doesn't get overwhelmed at all. I'm not sure when to move up though, because I guess you would always want the flow to be as slow as the breast, whereas typically a baby would move up on nipple sizes as they get older if they were strictly bottle fed.
  • I've tried several nipples also trying to find a slow flow one. The cheapies from the hospital seem to work the best. The LC also recommended doing paced bottle feeding. There was an article on Kelly mom about it.
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  • I do both breast and expressed milk in bottle. I have found the Medela slow nipples are too fast. I use the playtex wide bottles with slow nipples. The wide nipples are good for going between bottle and breast. Seems to be perfect speed and I like the angled bottle.

    For those of you who say 20 min per bottle, how many ounces is that assuming?
  • I too BF and supplement with formula.  We use the stage 1 AVENT nipples and slow flow playtex nurser nipples. It takes LO 20-25 minutes to finish. Our LC said it should take this long, so we are staying with these nipples. LO doesn't seem to mind the slow flow. 
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  • kmcd23kmcd23
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    Holy wow, we are going way too fast then. I had no idea it should take that long.
  • Yeah, I've heard that 20 minute bottle figure, but sometimes it takes her that long to finish a 1-2 oz. supplement let alone a 4-5 oz. feeding.  Maybe I'll ask daycare how long her full feelings take, cause she rarely gets one of those at home.
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  • image kmcd23:
    We do some bottle fed breast milk every day, using the Medela Calma nipple. I'm amazed at how fast it is, for a nipple that's supposed to slow them down. LO usually nurses for 30-45 minutes, but he takes 3 ounces in just a few minutes with that nipple. 
    I'd like to go slower, but I'm afraid to introduce anything else. 

    Whoa! That's really fast. We have the Dr. Brown's slow flow ones and it takes my LO 20-25 minutes to finish 3 oz. 

    ETA: I just finished reading the rest of the comments and realized that mine was redundant. Sorry! 

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    Yeah it should take 20 minutes for a whole feeding of milk, basically regardless of amount of ounces.  If it's just a bit of a top offw ith an ounce of supplement and it takes 20 minutes, then the flow is probably too fast, but I'd still want to see about 7-10 minutes for an ounce of supplement. 20 minutes is about how long it takes your brain to realize that your stomach is full.

    Use a bottle nipple that when you hold it upside down, no milk drips out unless you squeeze on the nipple.  Some premie nipples are good for this, some premie nipples pour out milk faster than the older size nips, so you have to figure out.  Someone did an experiment on the bfing board with all kinds of nipples but I'm not sure where that post is.

    Use paced feeding, stop every 1/2-1 oz and burp for several minutes, and switch sides you hold baby on like you'd do if you were switching sides at the breast.  Switching sides also works to stimulate both sides of baby's brain and eyes.   Sit baby more upright and tilt bottle downward so baby has to suck to get milk rather than gravity increasing the flow of the milk.

    Amount in bottle is usually 25 oz divided by the number of feedings in a day.  Kellymom has a milk calculator to give you a starting point so you don't have to do the math.  The average intake for a bf baby is 25 oz a day with a range of 19-30 oz, so it averages 1 oz per hour.  Most bf babies never take in more than 3-4 oz even as they get older until their number of feedings drop below 6 a day and they are eating solids.  This is cause your breastmilk changes in nutrition to meet baby's needs in a small package of oz, rather than like formula which is the same oz every feeding so to get more calories as they grow baby has to take in more and more and more oz.  Breastmilk ranges from 15-40+ calories per ounce.

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  • image Shoecrazysarah:
    I do both breast and expressed milk in bottle. I have found the Medela slow nipples are too fast. I use the playtex wide bottles with slow nipples. The wide nipples are good for going between bottle and breast. Seems to be perfect speed and I like the angled bottle.

    For those of you who say 20 min per bottle, how many ounces is that assuming?


    It's whatever their normal feeding is. They will become more efficient as they go. More ounces, faster nipple, same amount of time.
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