slow bottle feeder, help please (also in bottlefeeding chat)
My LO takes AGES to drink his bottle and it is becoming quite stressful. Any advice on how to speed him up please?
He was on Tommee Tippee bottles but didn't get on with the teats as he couldn't form a seal and leaked everywhere. He is now on boots wide necked bottles. It takes around 45-1hr for him to drink 5oz! where as my nephew, who is 4 weeks older at 12 weeks downs his in 15 min!!
Some babies are just slower feeders and it often takes my twins 45 mins each to finish a bottle.
Remember it wont be forever, thats the mantra I use to keep me sane!!!
hope your lo speeds up a little for your sake!
Keeley and Rafferty
The problem is that he screams for food, frantically sucks for about two minutes and takes about an oz then gets stressed, thrashes around, pushes the teat out, starts choking and spits half of it down himself. When you stop let him calm down and try to wind him he gets stressed for the bottle again, we put it to his mouth and he takes it in and pushes it out again, sucks for about 30 sec and does the whole thing again!! He also falls asleep halfway through and then we have the whole thing of waking him up/changing his nappy etc to get him to finish it off!!
He is obviously hungry but I just really don't know what to do to make his feeding times more pleasurable for BOTH of us. I don't want him to have bad memories which may effect his thinking about food and mealtimes later on!
We went up a teat size at around 8 weeks. Babies are supposed to be able to finish the bottle within 15-20 minutes. You can always go down again if lo struggles.
You could try the variflow if you have that option, but they don't work for all babies. xx
Hi Rascal 79.I know this thread is years old but it's the first post I've read the describes exactly what my DS is like. Did you ever find a solution?
Just up the teat size or go onto variflow