About to start working...baby almost 7 months EBF from Tap

K - posted on 03/13/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So I need some help mamas. This is baby number three but I've never EBF either of them for seven months straight only from the boob. No sippy cup or anything. HELP. I am not at all willing to put him on formula. My daughter reverse cycled and wouldn't drink breastmilk from bottle she would wait for me and then nurse most of the night. She ate baby food through the day though. Any thoughts

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Sandra - posted on 03/24/2012

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It's the COOLEST baby cup i've ever seen!!!!!



From the description at http://www.amazon.com/Doidy-Cup-Blue-col... --



The Doidy cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding. Babies as young as 3 months find the two handled cup easy to hold and use but with Mom's help the cup can be used from birth. The unique slant of this cup enables your baby to drink easily as she moves from breast to cup. Starting with a small amount of liquid she will soon become adept at drinking from it. Complete with resealable bag for travelling. Dishwasher (top shelf) and microwave safe. Imported. Designed and made in the U.K.

Hannah - posted on 03/24/2012

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i found a transitional sippy cup for my baby girl who is 5 months old. Its put out by Nuby, I got it at walmart. It has a bottle nipple and a sippy cup nipple, the handles are removable. My daughter refused bottles but will drink from the bottle nipple of this sippy. The sippy nipple is soft and pliable like that of your own breast, so I am hoping she drinks well from it too. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/21/2012

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Sandra-what is a "doidy cup"? My little one is almost 10 months...he is breastfed and only has two bottles of ebm during the the day (m-f)...would love to go without bottles at all once he is a year...and still continue to breastfeed of course.

Sandra - posted on 03/21/2012

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I think that as long as you have emm available, whether she drinks it or not is up to her. My kids always reverse cycled if I had to be away from them. You can also look into cup feeding her, she may like that better than a bottle. I recently heard of a "doidy cup" for the first time and would definitely use it if I had another baby.

Ania - posted on 03/14/2012

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She can survive without bottle while you are not at home. If you are up for a reversed cycle then try it. My son never got into bottles at all...but I didn't have to go back to work, so there was no pressure for me. Solid for the day and nursing morning aand all night should work...

Heather - posted on 03/14/2012

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I agree with both replies. You could try her on a sippy cup, then it alleviates trying to wean her from a bottle later on. :)



My baby would not take a bottle of breastmilk from me, my husband, anyone. But when I returned to work, he took a bottle (thank goodenss!) from his daycare provider. She is wonderful! However, he only drank (and still only) drinks at most 6-8 ounces during his 8 hours there (I work 8-3) and work a mile away. Some days it is only 2-3 oz.



He pretty much reverse cycled like your daughter. He nurses a lot once I am with him and throughout the night. Less sleep for me, but it works for him!



You didn't mention if you are pumping while at work? He may surprise you and take it in a bottle from your childcare provider...I would try Elizabeth's advice...have someone other than you and at a time when your son isn't needing you as much...to offer a bottle.

Lori - posted on 03/13/2012

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Since she's 7 months old - if she won't accept a bottle, you could try sippy cups. Try several and see if she likes any of them. She might like one with a straw, or one with a softer spout, or one with a hard spout.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2012

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Before going to work, you really want her to learn to accept the bottle in your absence. Start with hubby, grandma or someone other than you giving her a bottle of your express milk once a day. I always picked a time that she was less needy of my cuddling and others were available. The week before returning to work, I started my daugther on expressed breast milk bottles twice a day. She seemed to transition o.k. to my returning to work. She was not fully happy about it but she accepted the bottle enough to get her nutrition in my absence. Luckily, at 7 mos your starting solids so that will lessen the concern should the baby reject some of the breast milk bottles. Our biggest challenge for my daugther was her rejecting every bottle's nipple til we were able to find the ones she liked. You'll want to test this too to ensure she finds one closest to mommy.



Good luck.

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