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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 15:58 PM   1
paigekins
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Can a 1 month old use a 3 month old bottle nipple???


I'm not sure what to do here... I have 1 month old twin boys. They were preemies, born at 36 weeks, but they eat like horses! They are being bottle fed breastmilk and formula, and eat 3-6 ounces every 4 hours... 6 ounces!!!

So here's my question: can they use the nipple made for 3 month old babies?

They were using infant nipples from the hospital, but the bottles they're made for only hold 3 ounces, so I'm having to fill up the bottle in the middle of feeding.

I started using the Avent bottles I bought before they were born with the infant 0+ (1) nipple. The boys could hardly get milk out of the 1 nipples... Moved to the 2 nipple made for 1 month old... They were still struggling to eat and taking twice as long to feed as usual and were exhausted by the end of it.

So today I tried the Avent bottles with a "varied" nipple, which is made for 3 months and up. They both ate great with these nipples, but they ate so fast! They didn't gag or spit up more than usual, although they do spit up a little afterward. They both burped after and didn't seem fussy.

Is there any harm in feeding them with nipples made for older babies??? HELP.



 
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 16:03 PM   2
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It's absolutely fine hun. We use tommee tippee bottles and Fran went onto the size 2 (3m+) teats at 7 weeks old xx



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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 16:05 PM   3
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As long as they can handle it, yes!



 
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 16:08 PM   4
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Yep, we had to use bigger teats for Daniel, go for it.



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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 16:15 PM   5
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How can I be sure that they're "handling it"? I'm so afraid that the milk is going into their lungs or something... lol. I know I'm paranoid. New mom syndrome.

They've always gurgled quite a bit while they're feeding and after... like they have milk stuck in their mouth.



 
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 16:19 PM   6
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If they are drinking it fine, and it's not coming out so fast it's flowing out of their mouths in huge amounts, then they are ok.

When we changed from size 1 to size 2 it took Fran about a week to get used to the faster flow - she dribbled quite a lot until she got the hang of it but was absolutely fine xx



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