Baby Bottle Basics
7 common Q&As about bottle feeding your baby
What’s the Deal with Nipples that Come in Different Stages?
The idea here is that the flow rate is slower in the earlier-stage nipples, making it easier for a new baby to drink. But not all nipples are rated by stage, and it’s not something you need to worry about. “Use a nipple your baby is comfortable with,” recommends Dr. Sears. “In general, use a nipple that allows a gentle drip when turned upside down—about one drip per second.”
If you’re breastfeeding your baby in addition to giving a bottle, use breastfeeding nipples. They’re shaped more like natural nipples, so your baby can keep a consistent mouth shape, Dr. Sears explains.
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