En combien de temps bébé doit-il boire son biberon ? - Élhée

How long does it take for baby to drink his bottle?

 As soon as the bottle has been warmed to the right temperature and given to your baby, it is already empty! In just 10 minutes, your little angel devoured everything, without leaving a single drop.

Whereas your best friend's baby sometimes takes more than half an hour to eat his meal.

  • How is it possible ?
  • But above all, should we be worried?

Answer in this article! 🍼 


Why don't all babies take the same amount of time to drink their bottle? 

First of all, know that there are big and small eaters , even among babies. In the same way that there are small and heavy sleepers, you may have a baby who swallows milk from his bottle in a flash or, on the contrary, who savors each milky moment with... relish. In fact, character plays a big role!

Just like his physical state when drinking his bottle:

  • fatigue,
  • nervousness,
  • appetite…

Does it matter how much time baby spends drinking his bottle?


It actually doesn't really matter how long it takes him if it seems to suit him. The main thing is that the pace suits him, rather than you. It is in fact not recommended to encourage your baby to drink more quickly. There is also no point in removing the bottle every 2 minutes if the established rhythm does not cause any particular discomfort in your child.


You can take a break in the middle of a meal to allow him to free himself from the air he ingested during feeding. In other words, to help him burp! 👶

How do you know if a breastfed baby is drinking quickly or slowly? 

Mothers who have breastfed their babies know: it is impossible to know exactly the quantity of milk drunk at each meal. The same goes for the speed with which these little gourmands devoured the breast milk within their reach.

However, it is possible to know if baby is fast or not during feedings:


  • If your breast is emptied quickly , it will become soft in a few minutes and you may even feel lighter!
  • If your breast seems to take a long time to take on a flabby appearance and remains firm for several long minutes, it is certain that your offspring is taking their time, or is not concentrating...

Falling asleep at the breast is more common than with a bottle.

You can stimulate baby with caresses on the head and gentle words so that he finishes emptying your breast. At the end of the first feeding, it is advisable to offer him the second breast to ensure that he is perfectly satisfied.


Baby drinks his bottle too quickly? Beware of colic!

A baby who drinks his bottle quickly, however, has a greater chance of developing infant colic... If you have the impression that the baby is disturbed after a bottle , that he cries, screams, turns red and squirms while clenching his fists, perhaps his stomach is hurting him.

Infant colic is impressive to see and requires your attention: relieving baby is a priority.

 But if baby gobbles up his meal at lightning speed, that doesn't always mean he's hungry! Perhaps he is forced to swallow quickly because the flow of milk requires him to do so.

The choice of pacifier may be a small detail for you, but it can mean a lot to your little one. 😉 If this turns out to be unsuitable, it will cause discomfort or even a risk for your child.

For the first few months, it is best to opt for a slow flow pacifier .

Baby is slow to drink his bottle... What if it was the pacifier?

A pacifier unsuitable for the child's age

In the same way that a baby can drink too quickly because of an unsuitable pacifier, he can drink slowly because the flow rate has become too slow for his age ! As the milk flows too slowly, baby takes longer to observe it, especially as the quantities have increased , going from 90 mL to more than 300 mL in a few months...


This situation often happens around the child's 6 months, when their sucking strength no longer has anything to do with that of a newborn. Now is the time to choose a medium or even fast flow pacifier, depending on baby's age and preferences.

More or less liquid milks

Note that powdered milk will tend to be thicker than breast milk .

If your baby is prone to acid reflux or still seems hungry after drinking his bottle, your pediatrician may advise you to thicken the milk to help him feel better. This will have the effect of slowing down the passage of liquid into the teat, which was not intended for this purpose.

Here again, we recommend that you swap your old slow flow pacifier for a fast flow model. The texture of milk actually plays a role in the speed of baby's meals. 

Did you know that there are different types of pacifiers?

The physiological silicone pacifier, for example, offers great comfort and does not contain toxic materials such as microplastics . It is designed to reproduce the shape of your nipple. Thus, a breastfed baby will be more likely to accept his bottle easily!


The learning cup: making a smooth transition 

If your baby drinks his bottle irregularly, takes it, throws it away, pushes it away, gets upset, it may be because it no longer fits. Baby has grown up , and perhaps now wants to take the next step!

Have you ever tried offering him water in a glass? Autonomy is within reach... But so is damage. A baby in a hurry to discover the world and imitate his parents does not realize that his gestures still lack precision. 💦

Impossible to think of leaving him his glass of water or his cup of milk while having his back turned... The risks of baby getting soaked or hurting himself are far too great. But then what to do?

A good solution is to exchange your bottle for a training cup ! This leak-proof glass is equipped with a pour spout instead of a teat.


Our models are presented to you below.

learning cup


Benefits of the training cup for babies

More practical than a timpani, often equipped with handles that are difficult for small hands to grip, the Elhée system allows you to make a transition calmly and without fear of possible overflows. The container is made of medical grade silicone and therefore does not allow any pathogenic agent to pass into the baby's body. The water contained remains healthy and retains its original taste without being altered by plastic.

The ultimate in this generously shaped little bottle? It does not break and can therefore be used by babies without risk.

In summary 

  • The speed at which baby drinks his bottle can be a character trait or a problem of technical origin... The pacifier is sometimes unsuitable for the age of your child and forces him to take more time to swallow the entire bottle. the preparation.
  • From the time your baby is 6 months old , you can introduce him to the training cup . This system ensures a smooth transition between the “grown-up” glass and the bottle.


The little extra of the Elhée learning cup ? The suction nozzle is compatible with the innovative Bib'Rond, also made of medical grade silicone! 

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