N.H. asks from Ellicott City, MD on February 10, 2009
Seeking Advice on Bottle Nipples
I have a 4 month old breastfed baby boy. He is fed by bottle during the day at daycare. All of his bottles currently have stage 1 nipples (Born Free). Is it really necessary to move up to stage 2 at this point or can I continue to use stage 1 nipples until he is 6 months old at which point I would switch to stage 3.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback. I am going to stick with stage 1 until he gets frustrated then I move up to stage 2. I appreciate your advice.
K.H. answers from Lynchburg on February 11, 2009
i never switched my son off of stage 1 nips. I tried stage 2's for a brief time and he was getting choked up, so i went back to the ones. I agree, if he doesnt have a problem with slow flow stick with that.
M.G. answers from Norfolk on February 10, 2009
I switched to number 2 at about 3 months. They can only suck for so long, and although they get liquid through number 1, they end up getting tired sucking and not getting enough milk. You could try going right to n.3, but the gradual transition worked nicely for us. I would definitely move up a size though.
C.L. answers from Washington DC on February 11, 2009
I just want to add to the comments. I agree that there is no reason to move them up unless they are frustrated. There is no rule that says they have to move up stages--it is not a developmental thing. When we would give my son stage 3 nipples, they just poured down his throat. We would give him a bottle in the car to help him fall asleep on a long trip home and the bottle would be empty before we even got out of the parking lot at the mall! Then he would cry b/c it was all gone already. Also, he would turn them upside down and they'd spill all over the place. So we just stopped using them altogether and stuck with stage 1 or 2 until moving him onto a sippy cup.
S.B. answers from Richmond on February 11, 2009
i definitely wouldn't switch straight from stage 1 to 3, no matter which month you make the switch. that will be a dramatic change, and your son will be overwhelmed with such a stronger and faster milk flow, especially since at the breast milk flows more slowly.
J.C. answers from Washington DC on February 11, 2009
I have to agree with the other moms. You really don't have to switch to stage 2 or 3 unless your baby fusses. My 3 kids stuck on stage 1 and it's actually better for them, so they don't GULP the milk down way too fast. I changed my middle son to stage 2 closer to when he was 10 months, just because I added the rice cereal to it.
S.H. answers from Richmond on February 11, 2009
My 5 month old son also uses the Born Free bottles. I tried at 4 months to move him up to Stage 2 and he gagged from the extra milk flow. We are on Stage 1 and will probably stay until at least 6 months then I will try Stage 2 again. I think you just have to base it on what your son is comfortable with. If he isn't taking a really long time to drink a bottle and doesn't seem frustrated, I would leave it be. I don't know if you will be able to go straight to Stage 3 though - obviously it's a big difference.
A.N. answers from Norfolk on February 10, 2009
If he is getting the milk out, you never have to switch them out. My older daughter never took over a Stage 1 nipple. I doubt this one will even get past a newborn nipple b/c she has issues with nursing after she gets a bottle (which was only once, it was that awful).
M.C. answers from Washington DC on February 10, 2009
The stages are really just the size of the hole. The higher the stage, the more flows through. If he is having trouble getting stuff through, change up. I changed to the stage 2, and never went to the stage 3 (with both kids)