Weaning from the bottle

Kari - posted on 10/09/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So, it took my daughter 3 weeks to finally start drinking whole milk after we switched her from formula. Now, she is almost 14 months old, and will not drink milk from a cup. In fact, she screams for her "baba" and if she doesn't get her milk in a bottle, she won't drink at all. Anyone have any suggestions to transition my daughter to a sippy? She will drink water and juice from a sippy just fine, but will only drink milk from a bottle!!!

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Lisa - posted on 11/02/2010

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I wish I had good advice, but actually I am having the same problem... We are on day 3 of being bottle free and she continues to refuse milk from a sippy cup. If it is a cup she can see through, she will not drink it if it's not water... If it's a solid color, once she discovers that it is milk, she will never touch the cup again. I keep hoping that she will give in and figure that will happen sooner or later... but really, she needs milk, so how long do I give it??

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Nope. My son is the same. Will drink juice and water and even chocolate milk from a cup but refuses to drink milk. I figure if he still refuses at 16 months I will throw out his bottle and he will have no choice

Juli - posted on 10/10/2010

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She most likely just needs the bottle taken away all together. If she is drinking from it ok then once she knows that you won't give in to her whining she will get there. Good luck.

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Alynndea Fawne - posted on 11/03/2010

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i started early on this one at 7 months they on ly got formula in a bottle anything else was in a sippy cup and when the dr said we could start giving milk we did half milk half formula in a sippy so when we stopped formula all together she didn't mind cause all she ever got in bottles was formula never cried at all

Katie - posted on 10/26/2010

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When I started taking my son off the bottle I cut all bottles out but the bed time one, it was hard to take that one away because when he didn't get it he cried like he was hurt. So I gave him the sippy at night and he hated it, but I kept it up and in about a week and a half he stopped crying for it and that was the end of it. I did try alot of differant sippys before he found one he really liked. This part of parenting is hard because you want to give them everything they want, but eventually they give up and forget all about it. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 10/26/2010

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My daughter did the same thing! She would only drink her milk for the bottle and refused it in the sippy. She would only drink juice and water from the sippy. She too would throw a fit and scream baba, and push the cup away until I put it in her bottle. She just recently stopped taking the bottle after she started walking. She normally would take the bottle around 10 am and 6 pm. One morning after she started walking she stayed busy playing and 10 am came and went and she wasn't getting cranky and wanting the bottle. So, I did not give it to her and at lunch I offered her milk in her cup and she drank it! So in the evening I offered her milk in the cup and she drank it! I found that with my daughter it only took keeping her busy to get her away from it. Maybe you could try keeping her on the go and busy at the times she would normally take the bottle, and then offer the sippy later. I don't know if it would work for you. Your daughter may not be ready yet. I would definitely just keep offering milk in the sippy, and one day she will drink it! Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 10/12/2010

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Im wondering abit atm aswell as my daughter still has a morning bottle aswell as her night time bottle, i want to get her off the morning bottle but she enjoys it so much and its handy if we r going somewhere i can just give her a botte in the back of the car and then she dozes off for the rest of the journey, so im gna give her a sippy cup within the next few weeks for her morning bottle and do that transition and we will give her bottles to santa so stop the night time bottle!
i think 14 months isnt too old for a bottle so dont worry too much, some children breast feed till they r 3 or 4 or sometimes older so im happy for my girl to have a bottle till shes around 18 months old but thats the cut off for me really!
Good luck xx xx

Lindsay - posted on 10/10/2010

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I agree with Juli. My son didnt have to hard of a time but he was cranky... just stay strong and remember... the crying wont last forever and this needs to be done. Maybe you could try a different sippy cup until she takes to the right one. It took me a while to find the "one". GOOD LUCK!

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