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Posted by: Yolande | 2005/06/15

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Bottle / sippy cup problem

Luke is 11 months old. He weighs 12 kg's.

I express milk for him at work (130 ml) and the rest of his feeds while I am at work is S26. The nanny tries to give this all to him in a bottle, but he will not take the bottle (he chews the teat). We have tried various sippy cups, but he chews these as well. We tried a cup with a straw - same thing. The nanny pours the milk from the bottle with no teat.

The problem is that from 12 months, I would like to give up breast feeding him in the morning and before he goes to bed at night, but he will not take the bottle. Wht do I do to get him to drink from a bottle or sippy cup?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You must spend time training him. Use a cup with a thin rim. Dont get upset and dont force things. Relax. Try a teaspoon at first so that he can get used to sipping from this and then move on to the cup.

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Posted by: sparkie | 2005/06/21

i am breastfeeding my son of 19 months. I just want to say that as long as you have milk, your son will not easily accept something else. I had the same problem as you have now and founded out that he preferred the wide neck teets like avent. My son did not want to drink from a cup, i think the teet was to hard for him. He now drinks cups with straws and he can drink a little bit of cooldrink or milk from a ordinary cup. It takes time to get them of the breast. I have cut down on the feeds but he still drinks his teety at night and morning.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/06/15

If the breast isn't on offer, he will eventually take his milk from a cup or bottle, but it might take a few days.

My son is very fussy - water and juice go in a cup and milk in a bottle. If I put milk in a cup he cries and wont drink it. When he had gastro I tried putting water in a bottle so he could drink faster - he just said "no" and waved the bottle away.

At your sons age he will be getting enough fluid from his water and juice and also if he is eating lots of fresh fruit, so when he is ready for the bottle of milk he'll take it.

I tried weaning my son off the breast at 12 months, but it didn't work. I just couldn't do it. I'm still feeding at 16 months and I'm actually glad I carried on. From about 13 months he has only had an evening feed at bed times or if he wants some comfort if he hurts himself. I no longer feed him in public, and he's accepted that fine. I just say - "milky at home" if he asks in public and he doesn't put up a fuss.

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