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Breastfed baby refusing formula in a cup??

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Weemee Fri 12-Nov-10 15:37:38

Daughter is 9.5 months and she is now drinking water really well from a cup. Never took to the bottle so exclusively breastfed. She is starting nursery in just over a week and so for past 3 weeks have been trying to get her to take formula from a cup. She is still breastfed morning and night and takes from both breasts, but isn't really getting any milk through the day, just water. She eats well, plenty of wet and dirty nappies and has not lost any weight. Do I just give up on the afternoon feed?

I am reluctant for this to be a battle. Tried to get her to take the bottle from 12 weeks (till she was 28 weeks) with no success. HV is useless and all she ever says is "just persevere." My gut says not to worry but am also worrying that she will never stop breastfeeding!? I would like to be out some evening before she turns 18?

Any help or suggestions gratefully received!!

senorah Fri 12-Nov-10 18:29:18

Yes, relax, yr daughter obv.independant little lady, knows nothing campares to mothers milk. My 2 girls just the same, but as we are approaching depths of winter, keep going with the morning and night feeds as she will be exposed to all sorts of viruses at nursery. My eldest caught severe dose of chicken pox six weeks into nursery (at 11mths) and would only breatfeed whilst ill.So drop afternoon feed, offer yog. or cheese or whatever takes her fancy,and wait til spring to drop other feeds by which time she will be running around. Both my girls dropped feeds in the spring aged 18mths and 10 mths and happily took cow's milk.Not long to go til that night out....

Ineedsomesleep Sat 13-Nov-10 17:08:06

Will you be going back fulltime Weemee?

Weemee Sat 13-Nov-10 17:15:08

No, 3 days a week but don't want to have to express whilst at work, nor do I fancy looking like I have 2 zeppelins inside my bra!! wink

Ineedsomesleep Sat 13-Nov-10 19:45:50

If she is 9.5 months and you are doing 3 days I wouldn't worry about it too much.

You may find that she will take the lunchtime bottle from the care provider or you may find she'll just be happy with a feed when you get home and another before bed.

As for the expressing at work, I work 2 days and very quickly my body adjusted so that on those days I didn't produce much milk during the daytime on the two days. I did have to express a little though at first just for my comfort.

I'm sure you'll both be fine.

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