Weaning to Sippy Cup

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned one a couple weeks ago and I have started weaning him from breastfeeding to whole milk. He has been primarily breastfed and was getting a few bottles a week (either breast milk or formula). I have been trying to go straight to the sippy cup for the whole milk, but so far have been unsuccessful. I have tried many, many different sippy cups (including the Nuby and straw cups), but my son refuses to drink any kind of milk (breast milk, formula, whole milk, soy milk), warm or cold, out of a sippy cup. He'll take a sip and then make a face and just let it run down his chin. He'll do this two or three times in a row and then he'll just refuse it completely. This has been going on for two weeks now. The only time I gave him a bottle was in the beginning to make sure it was the sippy cup and not the milk he was refusing. He drank down a mixture of half breast milk and half whole milk just fine. I am still nursing two times a day, but he doesn't seem to miss the milk he is not getting from the two feedings I have weaned him from in the past two weeks. Also, he drinks water just fine from a sippy cup. Has anyone else experienced this and found a solution? Is he just not ready to transition to milk in the sippy cup yet? Should I wait and try again in a couple of weeks? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Kelly - posted on 11/23/2008

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When my son turned 11 months I tried to wean him from the bottle. But at 12 months I took it away and gave a sippy with a straw and nothing else. My doctor told us that he would drink when he wanted it bad enough. And it worked.

Chris - posted on 11/19/2008

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My daughter was the same way. I breastfed her until she was 18 months. I didn't worry about introducing milk. But I did learn that 2% worked better than whole. Mabe because of the consitancy? IDK. But she'd drink whole at my dad's house just fine.
Do you want to wean now or do you want to continue nursing? If you want to keep nursing, I wouldn't stress the milk just yet. Feed him plenty of other dairy tho, yogurt (Yo Baby yogurt is made with whole milk and cereal) and cheese and such.
If you want to wean him I'd try having someone else give him the milk sippy when you aren't with him. It takes a while for them to like something new. But maybe try the 2% milk and see if he'll take that? Then work up to whole? IDK, hope it helps!!

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