My 7m old will not take a bottle, sippy cup or very little of regular cup..help.any suggestions?

Michele - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months old eating all sorts of solids but will only drink off my breast. I've purchased all types of bottles, nipples, sippy cups. She will not latch to any of them. Have been trying a regular cup but only getting about 100 ml into her a day. I'm worried that this little of fluids will dehydrate her and cause her bowel movements to be very hard. Any suggestions..have tried with breast milk, all types of formula, juice and water..going back to work soon and need her off my breast.

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Renae - posted on 02/14/2010

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Most sippy cups need to be sucked on like a bottle, which can be difficult for a baby who is used to only sucking on the breast. Try open flow sippy cups like the Nuk ones for example. Suck on them yourself and see how much work it takes, especially for a baby who isn't used to it! Also, you probably already know this one, but most babies will not take a bottle or cup from their mother, someone else needs to give it to your baby while you are not around (your baby can smell your milk from 20 feet away). Most babies who have trouble taking a bottle like the Mam bottles because of the shape of the teat.

Cassie - posted on 02/14/2010

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If I were you, I would skip the bottle completely. It is unnecessary and is something you will have to wean her off of in a few months anyways. The sippy cup takes time. I began introducing my breastfed daughter to the sippy cup between 6 and 7 months but she did not really get the hang of it until she was around 10 to 11 months old.

If at all possible, I wouldn't completely wean your daughter off of breastfeeding. It is so perfect for her every need and offers antibodies to her to help fight off so many illnesses. If you are returning to work, you can still breastfeed her before work, offer her pumped milk or water in a sippy cup (stay away from juice because of all of the sugars) while you are at work along with any solids she will eat, breastfeed her as soon as you return home from work, and any time through the evening or night. This will ensure that she is still getting the fluids and nutrition from you that she needs without the stress of completely weaning her to bottles, sippy cups, and formula. Many babies are able to take pumped milk or water while mom is at work as long as they are offered the breast whenever she is home.

Good luck. I know it is difficult but she just needs practice with the sippy.

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Tanya - posted on 02/14/2010

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I was told that once you try to ween the baby off the breast is to have some one else feed her out of the bottle or sippy. But i don't know about your situation if she won't latch on to anything not even you. The only reason i have herd was babys not latching on to things because of thrush mouth. Just keep trying is all I can guess. I know I probably didn't help much but don't give up. Most doctors say kids won't starve themselves. But if she still continues to refuse, consult a doctor is my best guess.

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