breastmilk in sippy cup and what age?

Nichole - posted on 01/02/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was suppose to return to work today, but after weeks of trying we have not been able to get my almost 4 month old (on 1-12) baby to take a bottle. She has been EBF since birth and does not take a pacifier. I have pumped and my husband, neighbors, and friends have all tried to give my baby a bottle with no success. We have bought and tried at least 10 different types of bottles, tried at all hours of the day, warmed the nipple, squeezed it in her mouth, and I have left the room. None of those options have yielded success. My boss has graciously allowed me more time off work, but I would like to figure something out in the next 2 months. I do not want to stop breastfeeding by any means. I am wondering if the sippy cup is an option. I am wondering if anyone else has done this or experienced the same problem.

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Nichole - posted on 01/03/2013

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Thank you for the advice. I definitely do not want to stop breastfeeding her until she takes the bottle. My baby loves nursing and she generally nurses every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The last time we tried to give her the bottle we waited four hours and she cried and refused it. She acts as if we are punishing her with something awful when we try. My daughter is a very calm baby and rarely cries and I know it sounds silly, but I just don't like to let her cry. My boss has been very generous and said that if it takes a couple months then I can come back then. When working, I would have to leave the house by 7am and could be home by 4pm so 9 hours roughly. I will work 2 days one week and 3 days the next. I was thinking maybe when she is about 6 months maybe she would nurse further apart too. I was going to try to start making her food around 6 months also so I did think that might help. It is just tough financially without me bringing in some income.

Dove - posted on 01/02/2013

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Sippy cup absolutely is an option at this age.. as is a regular cup (with help and it's messy, but doable). Bottles do not ever have to be introduced. If you have until baby is 6 months.. solids can be started at that time to help if baby isn't taking much breast milk by another source.

How many hours are you going to be away from her? I have heard of quite a few babies who even at 6 months only have solids and water when mom is gone and then breastfeed like crazy once they are together.

If you don't want to quit breastfeeding... don't. 'Many' babies will eventually take the bottle or sippy cup when mom is gone long enough and they get desperate, but some won't.

There is a great breastfeeding community on here that can give you more pointers. :)

Ariana - posted on 01/02/2013

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Maybe you could stop breastfeeding just until she starts using the bottles consistantly? I know it sounds terrible but if she's hungry enough she's going to take the bottle if you squeeze some in her mouth. Just keep pumping during the times she would feed and don't breastfeed her until she's started taking the bottle for a couple days straight so she can get used to it. Absolutely NO breastfeeding. If she won't take a bottle it's unlikely she'll be ok with a sippy cup.

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