My 7 month old is still using slow flow nipples. I've tried switching her to fast flow, but she coughs, gags, and can't seem to swallow it fast enough. She's taking little sips of milk from a cup (not a sippy cup) and doing well with that, but why is she still using slow flow nipples for her bottle? Is that normal? Should I be pushing her to move up to fast flow? It takes her anywhere from 15-30 minutes to finish a 6 ounce bottle now.
Is there a "medium" option? We used the Dr. Brown's bottles with our daughter, and there were several different levels based roughly on the age of the baby. The first time we moved her up a stage, she seemed a bit overwhelmed by it, but she adjusted. I would give it a try just to cut back on feeding time, but if she's ends up throwing up all over the place or having bad gas pain, I'd let her go back to slow. Also, check with your pediatrician just to get his take on it. And I supposed you could put a call in to the lactation consultant to get her view of it as well. Good luck to you!
I dont think that there is anything wrong with keeping your daughter on a "Slow" flow nipple, she will just have to work harder to get what she wants. I know that when my DD was at the bottle age, they had a Slow, Medium, and Fast flow selection. Check your local baby store to see what is offered. Alot of times grocery stores and discount stores do not carry all the items available. They usually supply what is in demand. Babies R Us has an awesome selection, if you have one nearby