How can I limit the output speed of stdout?

I’m running CentOS 5.7 and I have a backup utility that has the option of dumping its backup file to stdout. The backup file is rather large (multiple gigabytes). The target is an SSHFS filesystem. To ensure that I don’t hog the bandwidth and degrade the performance of the network, I would like to limit the speed with which data is written to the “disk”.