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#1 José

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

So, I have noticed that bottles seem to come in 0-3 months and 3 months plus. There is an obvious size difference between the bottles. Is there any other difference? DS is two months but more like the size of a three month old. Should I start using the bigger bottle now? DH feeds him a bottle of EBM every few days. Rest of the time he's breastfed. When I go back to work DH will give him bottle while I'm at work.

Edited by feliz6, 19 December 2012 - 07:24 AM.


#2 Girlo

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Hi, I guess the really unhelpful answer is: whatever size he needs to get his fill..... But, you can always put a small amount in a big bottle but not the other way around. So presumably you would get more use out of a bigger bottle??

Sorry that's not very helpful...

Good luck!

#3 Feral timtam

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

I think it depends on the child.

My daughter never consumed more than 160ml in a single feed and still won't at 20 months. I always felt silly giving her the larger volume bottles and as she preferred the slow flow teats the smaller bottles were the better option for us.

#4 Paddlepop

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Just use the bigger bottles. DD was bottlefed from 2 days old. We have used the larger bottles from the start. I can't see any advantage to using smaller bottles, except for the bottle company to make more money.

#5 Ella'n'alex

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

Are you mostly BF (if your DH is giving a bottle of EBM every few days)? There's quite a difference between BF and FF feed sizes and patterns. Have a look at:

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

#6 Ella'n'alex

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

The bottle fed patterns increase the feed size quite quickly, but if you want to maintain BF, then try to mimic BF size and frequency.

My DS started day care at 5 months old, but we managed to combine breast and bottle and to maintain my supply until he lost interest at 15 months. If you want to keep breast feeding then it can be done, but you need to make sure you arrange the bottle feeds to mimic the breast feeds they are replacing.

#7 Mootmoot

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Apart from size (obviously as babies drink more as they're older), the difference is likely in the teat.  Teats for under 3 months are often rated "very slow" so baby won't drink too quickly (and helps mimic breastfeeding).  Whereas teats for 3-6 months or 6+ months have a larger hole for the milk and are quicker, as baby is drinking more and can drink quicker.

You could get the bigger bottles and buy some newborn/ extra slow teats separately (most teats are sized universally, so all narrow-neck teats will fill all narrow-neck bottles).

ETA you may need to experiment to find which flow works for your DS to get the right flow - when DS was very little we had trouble finding a teat that was slow enough but that's changed as he's got older and wanted more milk, quicker.  There's also the narrow v wide neck bottle decision (some people say the wide ones mimic breastfeeding better, DS had to be FF only so I couldn't say)....

Edited by Joey11, 09 December 2012 - 08:58 PM.


#8 mandala

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

Will you be expressing at work to provide EBM for the feeds? I tried to express at roughly the same times I would have fed DS, and whatever I expressed at each feed time was the size of the feed I would give him.

So, at 5 months, he would get 150-180mL, and at 10 months he would get 100-150mL.

Up to 6 months you could roughly work on 1000mL of EBM per day, divided by the number of feeds, is how much you need in a bottle.

Of course, if it's formula, it's different original.gif I can't help there.

#9 cuddlebud

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

I noticed that the smaller bottles we use actually hold 200ml but the markings only go up to 150ml so we've just kept using the small ones for ebm.

When pumping, I find it easier to pump into the smaller ones, rather than having the larger ones hanging from the hands free pumping bra - also easier to store as we have a tiny fridge.

#10 José

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

Thanks for the replies so far. I'm using lifefactory bottles. I have been using only  the small bottles so far but have bought one larger one. The larger bottle said it comes with a stage two teat for over three months. I'm a bit hesitant to use it because DS appears happy with the small bottle and teat. My thinking is if that's working why mess with it? Perhaps I should get a slow teat for the big bottle? How would I know if DS needed a faster flow teat? At the moment were only using the bottle every couple of days but it will become a couple of times a day when I go back to work in Feb.
Thanks!!

#11 Natttmumm

Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

I think the general rule used to be it should take a baby that age about 15 to 20 mins to finish the bottle so that's how you judge. If its taking to long get a bigger teat. If he's drinking it in that time stay the same.
The actual bottle size makes no difference except it hold a bigger amount of milk. So if he is looking for more after its finished go up a bottle size.

#12 axiomae

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

Just put the slow flow teat into the bigger bottles - the teat size is the same.

#13 IsolaBella

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

I used pigeon Y cut teats on my life grow glass bottles. Thy are variable flow teat and only allow milk to come out if bubs is sucking.






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