When to introduce a sippy cup?

Angel - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Okay so I'm a breast feeding mommy of an almost 6month old. She eats cereal and 1st stage baby foods. We live in Las Vegas, NV and if you know anything about Vegas summers they are really hot. I talked to my daughters pediatrician and he said i could introduce juice and water to her but just a few ounces here and there if we are spending a lot of time outside and well we do as we have a 4yr old that has playdates and my hubby plays sports. I was wondering as this is my 1st child being breastfed as to when i would introduce a sippy cup for her to drink her juice out of? she takes a bottle of pumped milk when i need to be away from her and currently takes a bottle for her watered down juice. my 4yr old took a sippy cup at 7months but then again she wasnt breastfed. so i was wondering when all of you introduced a sippy cup with breastmilk or juice or even both? thanks for your help. have a good one and happy breastfeeding everyone. oh yeah just to note, i will continue to breastfeed her, this is just for juice intake and when im not able to be with her when its time to nurse. im so proud of myself for making it almost 6months and i will continue to breastfeed as long as she will take it. ***if this doesnt make since, sorry my lovely 4yr old kept interrupting me in thought** lol.

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Renee - posted on 06/15/2010

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I tired introducing a sippy cup to my almost 6 month old but he didn't understand it nor want it. I tried it on several occasions and I think to just trust your instincts in this matter. If she will take juice out of the bottle than just give her the bottle if you really think she needs more fluids. But like they say, mommies know best.

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Hey! I am still beastfeeding my 7 month old daughter and she's been trying solids from about 6 months. A few weeks ago I put some cooled boiled water in a sippy cup for her to try. The it's more like a teet because it's soft but it's in the shape of a sippy cup lid, if that makes sense. Anyways, it said it was supposed to be a sort of transition cup. Although it's winter now where I live (Tasmania, Australia) and she probabaly doesn't need much more liquid than my breast milk, I wanted to slowly introduce a sippy cup to her so she could be using it by the time summer comes around. She has never taken to a bottle (with expressed milk) so that is why I wasn't sure how long it would take her to use a sippy cup. She actually is using it quite well though to my surprise! I am only giving her water however, because I don't think she needs anything else because she is still breastfed. I haven't tried using breastmilk in the sippy cup but I was wondering if since she is taking water from it that she would take milk from it. Anyways, trust your instincts, if it's quite hot, your daughter might need a bit of extra water, if not your milk should be all she needs for liquids. That's what I understand at least! Oh, and if you offer water in a sippy cup to her, trust her to drink what she needs. Good luck!

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