Hi, my baby is 4 days old and feeding very well ie taking lots of milk in one go and can go for long spaces between feeds (he is a good weight). When we got home from the hospital we started him on slow flow teats but his milk intake went down a lot as he obviously found it too much work to suck.
We have tried him on medium and fast flow teats and his milk intake shot back up again. He has no problem feeding from them and does not choke but he is full of wind. I fear that it may be because he is a 'gulper' - however moving him back onto the slow flow teats will mean tiny frequent feeds which I don't want, especially at night! Any advice please? He was obviosly in pain last night and his wee tummy was gurgling and boinking all night.
Best advice these days is to feed a formula-fed baby as you would breastfeed, iyswim, so small, frequent feeds are better than big, widely-spaced feeds. Aiming for 3 or 4 hour gaps is what people used to do, but that sort of advice is outdated now. Little babies just do feed frequently and might not have very much at one feed but it's not bad or wrong. (Though it isn't great for your sleep but it does all sort itself out eventually!) His tummy really isn't designed to deal with a anything other than a small feed, so that might be why he's sore at night.
Hi, I posted this on the bottle feeding forum too, just thought I might get more answers here. I am burping him after feeds. What do you think about using some medium flow and some slow flow teats to try and balance it? Also does anyone know what a 'tiger in the tree' holding position looks like? I've read that it's good for bringing up their wind, but I don't know how to do it.
Is that the one where you hold him, tummy down, on your arm, legs and arms dangling, head on your upturned palm? I found that one really good for winding a small baby.
Honestly, at this age, I'd go for the smaller feeds with the slow-flow teats, and only change when he gets to the stage that his cheeks are sucking in if he's fighting to get the milk out of the bottle (iirc it was a few weeks?) But it's not an exact science.
I had major problems with wind when my DD was tiny (due mostly to the Nutriprem formula methinks). I used Doctor Browns and found them to be fab.
Also good winding tip; put your baby on your right knee with your right hand under their chin. Move knee from side to side i.e. to meet your left knee whilst rubbing babies back in circular motions. Really works a treat for bringing up wind (don't ask me how I dunno but it does!)
I wouldn't use fast flow teats for a newborn - I really, really wouldn't.
If ever either of mine had a bottle, we gave it to them ounce by ounce. Drink one ounce, then wind/pat for a while, then another ounce and so on until bottle finished. This was advice given to DH and his XW by a paed when they had DSS who was formula fed from the off.