L.A. asks from Chandler, TX on April 27, 2007
Breast to Sippy Cup at 7 Months?
My 7 month old will not take a bottle. We have tried all of them. My hubby nad I are going on a weekend trip the first weekend in June and will be leaving our daughter with my mom. However she is exclusively breast fed and I have been trying to wean her to another method of getting breastmilk. I want to pump and still give her my milk via another method. It's not like I'm trying to wean her off the milk, just off the breast to another method. Please help!!
J. answers from Dallas on April 27, 2007
She may definately drink it out of a sippy cup while you're gone...will you have enough pumped to last her while you're gone? If so, she'll be fine...also, the ONLY bottle my exclusively breastfed children have EVER taken is the Aveda number one nipple...you may want to pack a few just in case she'll take the bottle from your mom while you're not there.
T.T. answers from Dallas on April 27, 2007
Definitely go straight to the sippy cup! My 1st child took a sippy at months and was totally off the bottle at 8. My 2nd took longer (just b/c all he wanted was the breast), but he was exclusively sippy at 9 months.
When you first give her a cup, make sure that it isn't full so she doesn't get too much at once. I always offered the sippy at meals at first b/c that way it was just part of the meal and not the focus. If she doesn't take to it immediately, keep trying. It may take her a couple of tries to get the hang of it!!
A.E. answers from Dallas on April 30, 2007
My first baby wouldn't take any bottle so she had her first sippy cup w/ breastmilk at 3 months. She never took a bottle at all, and went straight from breast milk to regular milk in a sippy cup at a year. Maybe the sippy works better because they KNOW it's not you but they still get what they want. When they feel a nipple they expect it to be yours, and when it's not they don't want any part of it. Some people would say, "when she gets hungry enough they will take a bottle". That is stupid - why wait for them to be starving when they can get it from a sippy cup? Good luck & way to go on the breastfeeding!
C.M. answers from Dallas on April 27, 2007
When I went back to work I started two weeks before trying to give my daughter a bottle with breastmilk. At first she didn't want anything with it, the first three days, then my husband tried to give it to her and finally she took it. Not sure if she was just hungry or if it was my husband that gave it to her. It will take time since it is not the same as a breast and if that is all she is used to it will be more difficult for her. Good luck, just give her time and keep trying, she will get it. I would buy the the nipples that are supposed to be more natural like breastfeeding instead of regular nipples.
M.G. answers from Dallas on April 27, 2007
My seven month old has been strictly breastfed as well and also refused to take the bottle. Other moms suggested we use a sippy cup and she loves it. We use the Nuby brand one with the silicone top. It leaks so it's messy, but she's taken really well to it and the pediatrician said that it's a good thing.
L.S. answers from Dallas on April 27, 2007
Consider yourself very lucky. Sippies are cheaper and easier to wash, etc. Also, you won't have to worry about weaning her from the bottle. We went straight to sippy around this age for fluids other than breast milk. Have you considered nursing her once you get back? It's a lot easier than pumping. Formula is so pricey and not nearly as nutritious.
C.P. answers from San Diego on April 27, 2007
If she'll take a sippy cup over a bottle, there's nothing wrong with that at all - most important thing is she's somehow getting your milk or formula in some manner.
Dr. Borwn's has the wide bottles with nipples that are shaped to be more like a mom's breast. Have you tried these? Maybe if you make one and hold it close to your chest area to feed her, she'll take it. Doesn't hurt to try, you still have a little time before your trip. Good luck!