Preemie Nipple Use with Older Infants?
The unintended consequences of the extended use of preemie flow rate bottle nipples to support breastfeeding by Allyson Goodwyn
There is a popular belief among many healthcare professionals and social media support groups that breast fed full term infants who require bottle supplements should use a preemie flow rate nipple. It sounds logical, with a very slow flow nipple the infant must suck harder to pull the milk from the bottle, thereby, strengthening their suck and ensuring bottle feeding is not “easier” than breast. This may be helpful in the first four weeks as breast feeding is being established; however, extended use of preemie flow nipples can result in unintended consequences by teaching compensatory suck patterns.