You may see that some nipples have an age like 0-3 months or 6-9 months listed with their flow rates, as a general recommendation. Others, especially breastfeeding experts, feel that the flow rate should not change until your little one is showing signs they have outgrown the current flow.
When should a baby use a size 1 nipple?
The newborn nipple should be the perfect size for your newborn, unless, like we mentioned above, if you have a premie who needs a little more time and can’t handle the flow, it’s best to switch to a slow flow size zero. Most regular newborn nipples have the size 1 on them.
How do you know if your nipple flow is too fast?
If the nipple is flowing TOO QUICKLY, your baby may:
- Gulp or choke.
- Purposely let milk dribble out.
- Make frowny eyebrows and look worried.
- Turn head or pull away from the nipple.
- Spread fingers apart with hands open.
- Lose eye contact (while bottle-feeding)
How do I know if my baby needs a bigger nipple?
Signs Your Baby Needs a Faster Nipple
- Agitated and fussy (kicking, squirming, pushing the bottle away, etc.).
- Flattening the nipple.
- Taking 30 minutes to an hour to drink a bottle.
- Eating less at a time and getting hungry soon after.
- Sucking too hard.
- Smacking the bottle.
When should you switch to level 2 nipples?
In most cases, slow flow nipples are for babies under the age of three months, medium flow nipples (size 2 nipples) are for babies between six months, and fast flow nipples for babies above the age of six months.
Can too slow nipple flow cause gas?
Sometimes slow-flow nipples can cause babies to take in extra air during feedings, which causes gas.
When should I switch to slow flow nipples?
Most manufacturers follow this guideline: Slow flow: 0-3 months. Medium flow: 3-6 months. Fast flow: 6-12 months.