Which nipple speed for bottlefeeding at daycare?

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months old and we've been using the slow flow nipple for his bottles at daycare. His teacher at daycare recently said she thought he might be getting frustrated because it was taking so long to eat and wondered if we had considered switching to a faster speed. I had always heard slow flow was best if you were breastfeeding but I'm wondering what speed nipples people are using for 5-6 month olds? He is certainly a more efficient nurser than he used to be, so I'm thinking maybe i should switch to medium flow? Any thoughts??

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Stephanie - posted on 05/11/2009

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I kept my son on a slow flow nipple till he was around 7 months old while he was at daycare. I was so concerned that he would no longer nurse if it was too easy for him to get the pumped milk out of a bottle. I switched him to a med flow nipple @ 7 months, and he did just fine. If he is not getting frustrated i would not switch till he does get frustrated. They teacher may just be getting anxious herself and not want to sit there the addl mins while he eats.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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I didn't switch my little guy to the faster flow until 7 or 8 months, and for the same reasons. He was taking 30 mins to down a 6 oz bottle and wasn't very happy about it. His nursing sessions were only about 10 minutes. You could try switching and if it seems to be negatively affecting his nursing, switch back. I also recommend the Breastflow bottles by The First Years because it makes the baby latch properly to the bottle in order to get anything out of it and mimics letdown.

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