For breastfeeding moms, when did you introduce a sippy cup?

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Jana - posted on 11/05/2008

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My daughter refused to drink from anything other then me. Knowing that, when she was old enough to drink water (after 6 months) I always had a sippy cup around just so she get used to seeing it. After awhile she just started drinking from it. I never had any luck getting her to drink breast milk from it, but since she never had a bottle, I never had to ween her off of the bottle. By the time she was one, she knew how to drink from a sippy cup so I could start weening her from the breast. But that is a whole different story. I dont know if any of this helped.

Davitta - posted on 11/05/2008

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when my son was 7 months old... he hasn't gotten the hang of it.. but it hasn't interfered with bf

Nicole - posted on 10/22/2008

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Right before he turned a year or so. Thankfully he took to it right away.

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Marielle - posted on 09/14/2009

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i gave my son a sippy cup when he was about 4months old, i had already started him on solids at 3months. he was breastfed and had formula(was pumping the milk since he wouldn't latch on right) for the first 3 weeks of his life, when we got the hang of the breastfeeding we only gave him a bottle if i was going out(only for the first 2months). So when we started him on solids i'd give him a sippy cup so that i can get him used to drinking water( he didn't like juices). for some reason he refuses to drink from a bottle(i guess because he didnt have a bottle since he was about 3months old). which is just as well since i didn't have to be constantly washing bottles. never had a breastfeeding schedule either, just give it to him when he wants it. He is 17months old now i also make sure he has a sippy cup with water and one with half juice and half water. when he is bored with both he comes and grab my shirt and that means he wants to be breastfed.

Jaci - posted on 11/06/2008

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MAkenzie had a "nubby cup" at 6 months with water seemed to be a good transition time she wasnt nursing as often and it was summer so she needed more water.

Pamela - posted on 11/06/2008

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my daughter has been drinking from a sippy cup since she was three months old. She now holds it herself.

Cheryl Ann - posted on 11/05/2008

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Hi I am new to this group, but to answer your question, my son is 8 months old and exclusively breastfed. I started introducing the sippy (water inside) when he was 5.5 months and there was no problem with it. He hates the bottle though.

Joanie - posted on 11/05/2008

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I gave her a sippy cup at 6 months with water. I had to get a cup with a soft spout so she could chew it and get something out because she didn't know what she was supposed to do with it. She didn't really catch on with water because she wasn't interested in it. So I put a little juice mixed with water and she decided she liked that so she figured it out. It was nice to skip the bottle stage.

Heather - posted on 11/05/2008

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Our 11 month old has been drinking water from a sippy cup for 3 months. She does well with it, but at times likes to tip it upside down and shake it everywhere. lol.

Apps+8278986302 - posted on 10/29/2008

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it's a bit of a blur, but i think we introduced water in a sippy cup at the same time we introduced food -- 6 months. I believe i read (probably in a la leche league cookbook) that it was wise to get them in the habit of drinking water with meals. He's never had a problem with cups and water since (he's 21 months now) but that's not the case with many of his contemporaries at daycare. I think it's hard for them to adapt to the cup if you wait too long.

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6 months, we introduced the nuby soft spouted sippy cup more for gnawing purposes and teething relief, she likes it.

Paula - posted on 10/26/2008

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We never used a bottle and introduced a sippy cup with water at 7 months, at the same time we introduced solids. By 10 months we introduced a straw and by 13 months he was able to drink stright from a cup...when he wanted to!

Chantel - posted on 10/25/2008

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I gave both of my boys cups around 4-5 months old.. they both played with them at first, but stick with it.. my youngest is almost 10 months old and that's all he takes at daycare now is a cup. We use the Nuk one I like it the best.

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We started with watered down juice (50/50) and then branched out to water and now as he reaches his 1st birthday even some whole cows milk. He drinks out of the cup at meal times and seems to really enjoy the freedom.

Jamilla - posted on 10/24/2008

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We started with a sippy cup at 6 months. He's 8 months now. He will only drink from it if someone holds the cup for him. He does more playing and biting on the cup than drinking from it. He likes drinking out of a regular cup better even though it makes a bigger mess.

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We gave our son sippy cups at around 4 months. He has had a few bottles but I didn't want him to get too attached to them so I gave him sippy cups instead. He's 11 months old now and is a master of the "cuppie" as we call it. I'm glad b/c it means weaning won't be as dificult as I was expecting ;-)

Kandyce - posted on 10/23/2008

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Hi, I just joined this group today. I have a 10 month old (almost 11 months) and he all of a sudden decided to stop taking a bottle at daycare about a month ago. He refused it and we had to put his milk in the sippy cup. He refused even the sippy cup for a few (very rough) days, but gave in and does great now. He can even hold the cup up on his own now!

Elissa - posted on 10/23/2008

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I only used a bottle a couple of times with pumped breastmilk, but I think I put water/ and mix of water and apple juice in a sippy cup. I may have put some breastmilk in the cup too, but if so that was rare.

Brielle - posted on 10/23/2008

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i've had my son using a sippy cup for a month or so now-he's now 5 1/2 months. I give him breast milk in it or water while he's eating cereal or baby foods. I got him the NUK brand one, its got an awesome nipple that he really found easy to use!

Kristin - posted on 10/23/2008

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thanks for all of your replies! One more question though ( I should have included it in my first question). I am solely breastfeeding and my daughter has never had a bottle at all and I have never even pumped or anything. What did you put in the cup? I don't want to pump so I am thinking just water and/or juice?

Elissa - posted on 10/23/2008

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6-7 months I started introducing sippy cup...breastfed until 12 months. Never needed a bottle or had a hard time getting rid of one.

Katina - posted on 10/23/2008

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I gave my daughter a sippy cup around 6 months. When she started showing interest in drinking out of our cups I let her try, and it went well, but I was tired of all the help she needed with our cups, so I got her a sippy cup.

Maggie - posted on 10/23/2008

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At 6 months old my kids could sit up and hold on to one so I knew they were ready.

User - posted on 10/22/2008

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I gave him a soft spout cup at about 5 months. He was happy to drink from these, but I had to tip them for him - he couldn't get the concept of tipping the cup. So, I switched to straws at 9 months & have had much more success. He can use both hard and soft straws, no problem.

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I am just starting to introduce a sippy cup to my daughter who is 5 months. She has no idea what to do with it!! She just chews on the rubber spout. My health nurse suggested a soft straw cup might be better, not sure haven't tried one yet. My daughter also just chews on dummies and bottles! Nothing but boobies she recons!!

Rebecca - posted on 10/21/2008

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I have four kids and have started each of them w/a sippy cup after they mastered eating baby food. I rarely gave them bottles, so the cup was their introduction to self-drinking :)

Apryl - posted on 10/21/2008

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I gave Raegan her first sippy cut at about 6 months. This is about the time I started feeding her baby food, as well as breast milk. She did very well at 6 months with the sippy cup. Good Luck !!

Miranda - posted on 10/21/2008

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We decided to skip sippy cups and try straw cups instead around 4 months. At first my son just chewed on the straw so we gave up. We tried again around 7 months old and now he drinks out of it just fine (and still chews the straw as well)!

Mary Anne - posted on 10/21/2008

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We introduced one at 7 mos. She also really does not actually drink out of it much and just likes to chew on it.

Mary Ann - posted on 10/20/2008

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I gaved my daughter when she was 6 1/2 months ols and she really enjoyed it but before that i made sure that she knows how to drink from a cup first.They said remove the rubber stoper but i didn't so at least the flow is not to fast.



Goodluck!!!!!!!!!!!

Erika - posted on 10/20/2008

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we're just starting now, with water. He doesn't like it (he's 6 months old) but when hungry he'll eat from it.

Kimmy - posted on 10/20/2008

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I gave my Daughter a sippy cup when she was about 4 months old. She flat out refuses a bottle and i was trying to get her to drink out of something else. She doesnt really drink out of the sippy cup, she just plays with it and chews on the teat.

good luck

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