P.K. asks from Kansas City, MO on November 24, 2006
Bottle Nipple Question
Ok, my daughter is breast fed and bottle fed with pumped breast milk and the occasional formula feeding. BUT, my question is this: When she eats with a bottle a lot of milk is leaking out of her mouth. Its like she doesn't have a good latch or it looks like she is bringing the milk forward sometimes, which of course will cause a mess. Is this common with bottle feeding? Do they get milk all over their chins when feeding? We have tried different nipples. We have used the standard "Gerber" type nipple and the Playtex wide nipple. Any suggestions? Or maybe this is common with bottle fedding? My daughter is 5 and a half months old.
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I realize that the nipple "flow" may be our issue. Melissa G. was kind to explain the difference for infants sucking on a breast verses a bottle and it all makes sense now. Thanks a bunch to Melissa G.!!
J.T. answers from Tulsa on November 26, 2006
I didn't read through all the responses but I did read Melissa's and she's right on. I found some bottles by First Years (I think) called Breastflow at Babies R us (I have not seen them at Wal Mart or Target) and they work wonderfully. They are the most 'breast' like bottles I've found. They have two nipples, a firmer inner nipple and then a softer outer nipple and there aren't 'flow stages' or whatever. The baby controls the amount of milk coming out. I love them
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C.S. answers from Kansas City on November 25, 2006
P., make sure you are still using Slow Flow nipples. It could be that you got a medium or fast flow nipple and she's just not ready for it yet. If they are still slow flow nipples and she's still making a mess you could try adding just a little bit of cereal to her bottle to thicken it slightly. Most doctors recommend starting cereal between 4 and 6 months, so she's a good age to begin.
K. answers from Kansas City on November 25, 2006
evenflo makes nipples in stages. I don't remember exactly what they are called but something like slow flow, medium. Check that out. Good luck
P.B. answers from Peoria on November 24, 2006
make sure you're not using cereal nipples and she's not getting the milk too fast. I had one just like her, called her Miss Piggy. She just wanted it too bad and it ran everywhere
M.G. answers from Dallas on November 24, 2006
Yes. This is very common. Especially with babies who are also breastfed. It is much easier to get milk out of a bottle than it is to get it out of mommies breast. Breastfed babies are used to having to suck hard in order to get the milk out. It is also common for them to choke a little on the bottled milk because it comes out faster than they are able to keep up with. Try to find a nipple with one hole. I used the platex nurser with the rounded nipple. Even with those we still made messes, just not as a big of a mess.
C.D. answers from Springfield on November 25, 2006
I think it has to do with the bottle. When they nurse they have to work harder to get the milk while bottle feed is easier and so she is probably sucking hard when she doesn't have to. I know you said you tried different nipples. Try one with a smaller hole if you haven't already. Or have her take more breaks and burb more often and see if that helps.
C.D. answers from Springfield on November 24, 2006
Like mentioned, check the stage of the nipple. The "younger" nipples have smaller openning which slows down the flow of milk. Other than that, yep, babies are messy eaters and you'll always have some dribble. We always just tucked a receiving blanket under his chin when we fed.
J.S. answers from Springfield on November 24, 2006
Check the packaging of the bottle nipples you buy. They have different stages to them. I don't have any Gerber ones to look at, but with the Playtex nipples, it is stamped on the inside of the ring what size it is and/or the flow rate. They also say on the packaging when you buy them. While it is normal for them to "leak" milk out of their mouth with bottles, it may help to make sure that the flow isn't too fast with the bottle nipple. It will also help prevent the choking that happens with some babies when they get too much milk all at once.