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#1 of 7 Old 09-03-2008, 12:38 AM - Thread Starter
 
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When (or should) you switch a baby from the slow flow to the regular flow nipple? At daycare, my son is only taking two 4 oz bottles (in comparison, I pump 12-17 oz). Would changing the nipple to the regular flow increase his consumption? He has been in a small in-home daycare for about three weeks now, & my dcp has been working on the bottle with him & he has improved - he used to only take 2 or 3 oz at a time. He tends to be a bit of a snacker & is very easily distracted.
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FWIW, we never switched to the regular flow nipple. My son reverse cycled from the time I went back to work (full-time) at four months, and he only ever took 6-8 oz. total of breastmilk while I was gone. He did take solids well once we started those at 7 months. He never seemed frustrated with the amount of bm he was getting; he just preferred to get it from the tap once I got home As long as baby is gaining well I don't think you HAVE to switch.
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I have only read articles that recommend slow flow nipples for breastfeeding babies, no matter what the age.

Is he gaining well? Nursing well at home? Making 5 heavy wet diapers in 24 hours and some good poops?

How often is he eating at DC? He may be more interested in taking less volume but more frequently. Here is a great handout for DCP about bottle feeding a breastfed baby:
http://www.kellymom.com/store/freeha...le_feeding.pdf
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My milk let down pretty easy and fast. Both of my dd's would only take a little milk from a bottle and would get frusterated. I tried a reg flow nipple and then they would take alot more. I never had a problem w/ them not wanting me!! So the ??"s are, How fast does your milk let down? Does he have to work hard at getting it from you? You should try to match the bottle nipple to what your body does!!
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I have what probably could be described as a "garden hose" let down – it comes pretty fast & furious – so maybe I should try the regular flow nipple! It was frustrating at first – lots of choking, coughing, and squawking. I followed advice from Kellymom on just nursing on one side at a time & that definitely helped him. I think he is generally getting enough to eat – he has about 5 wet diapers (we use cloth during the day & one disposable at night – the night one gets VERY soaked). Our dcp always sends home 3 wet diapers. He was sleeping roughly 8:30 pm to 7 am, but I think he hit his 6 mo growth spurt this weekend & for the past three nights he has been eating twice in the night (I also nurse him when I get home from work & before bed). He is a lean & very active baby – he has always been a little slower gainer. Our dr gave us the go ahead to start solids, so our dcp does now give him rice cereal w/ bm for lunch (he still takes the same amount of milk from the bottle) & we give him rice cereal for dinner (he nurses the same whether he has cereal or not). My husband was home with him yesterday & he tends to let the boy just nip away at the bottle throughout the day, & he still only drank 6 oz.
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I had a fast and furious let down and DS never got the hang of using a bottle. It wasn't until just a little while ago that I realized that it was probably because he was just getting frustrated. Fortunately, he never really *needed* to be able to take one (it was for just in case during the couple hours a day DH watched him while I was teaching)

I would try a regular flow nipple.
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I agree with sticking with the slow-flow nips for a breastfed babe...My LO is just now getting ready to swith to a faster flow at 14 mo.

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