Nutrition for a 9 month old who won't take milk feeds from a cup

(6 Posts)
louise987 Tue 31-May-16 19:07:54

My 9 month old eats well with three meals, 1-2 snacks each day and drinks water from a sippy cup. She is BF and has morning feed on waking and a mid-morning/mid-afternoon snack feed but only has these if offered (she is fine without them and if we are out she often misses one if not both of these). She also usually has a feed before bed and sleeps 7-7.

I go back to work soon and she will be staying overnight with parents one day a week. Because of this I am trying to get her to take EBM from her cup rather than me feeding her, but she only sips it. The past two nights DH did bedtime and despite offering the milk she took only a few sips but still slept through. 

On one hand I'm relieved as she doesn't seem to need me/milk before bed but I'm worried she's not getting enough milk for her age. If she still won't take full 'feeds' from a cup I'm not sure she'll get enough nutrients when she is at nursery/childcare (albeit it will only be overnight for one day a week). 

Any tips on getting he to take a feed from a cup or advice on how I can make sure she gets enough nutrients? I know the majority of nutrients should be from milk up to 12 months and I'm pretty sure she would just have food and water if I let her... 

strawberrypenguin Wed 01-Jun-16 07:20:11

Have you tried a different style of cup? There are lots of different skippy cups available - some with soft teats rather than hard plastic etc or even on with a built in straw if she can manage those.
I'd give her lots of calcium rich food too - yoghurt, cheese etc.

louise987 Wed 01-Jun-16 12:22:18

No I've not tried other cups but will give a go - good idea!

MilkRunningOutAgain Wed 01-Jun-16 16:52:26

DD refused milk at 7/8 months. But she loved cheese sauce, with pasta, or fish , broccoli, etc, yogurt and was happy to have milk on cereal / porridge etc. Dietician said this was fine, she wasn't seeing dietician because of this by the way! DD didn't like kids cups at that age but would drink quite a bit from my glass or cup if I held it to her lips, oddly very little got spilt. Not that she would drink milk this way, but all kids are different.

comeagainforbigfudge Wed 01-Jun-16 16:57:53

We have had a running battle with formula/milk. DD just wasnt interested. So we give lots of milk in cereal/porridge, cheese, yogurts etc and vitamin drops to supplement

louise987 Thu 02-Jun-16 12:52:30

Phew - that's so reassuring. The info online saying that 50-75% of nutrition should be from milk at her age made me worry! She's otherwise healthy so my gut says she's fine but it's tough to ignore the black and white guidance!

I'll stock up on the dairy!

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