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Weaning to Sippy Cup

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 3 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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Ricky - posted on 09/29/2010

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if he drinks the half bm and half milk then start with that, then slowly reduce the amount of breastmilk in the mix. If that doesn't work a little bit of flavoured syrup in the milk might work (strawberry syrup or chocolate syrup)

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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Also, we've found that just a drop of strawberry syrup in the milk helps too.

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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It's either the Nuby or NUK that has the slits in the nipple. That's what I found worked for my son and now he uses the Playtex sippy b/c he began chewing the nipples of the other when his teeth came in. We tried so many. It's a trial an error deal. I hope this helps.

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