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Bottle Vs Cup for BF 4 month old?

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peedieworky Mon 12-Sep-11 11:40:03

Hi all,

Am hoping for some pointers re bottle Vs cup feeding for my DS. I struggled to ensure he would take a bottle on the advice of friends who'd faced the bottle refusal later on & for a while my DH gave him expressed milk for his last evening feed so I could get some kip. Nowadays, it is very rare that there is any need to give him a bottle as I'm to lazy to faff around with sterilisers and pumps I'm rarely away from him & have managed to settle into a pattern whereby DH prepares our dinner while I give the bedtime feed (feeding to sleep..yes, I know..but I love my rod!). However, now he's getting a bit older I'm hoping to leave DS with his grandparents for a couple of hours so I can have some me time. He currently uses a Tommy Tippee Closer to Nature bottle (vari-flow teat) & takes a full feed but only takes the milk if it is pretty warm. He is such a slow drinker from the bottle that often it cools too much so have started splitting it over two (as wasn't sure about re-heating already warmed milk?) otherwise he wont take the cooled stuff.

So! Am wondering if should persevere with the bottles or move to a cup? Since he'll be moved to a cup soon anyways? Are there benefits to a cup? And are there any you'd recommend?

Thanks for listening to my ramblings!

lilham Mon 12-Sep-11 12:14:30

Are you only going to be away for a couple of hours? You might find you won't need to feed at all. Mine demands a lot more often if I'm around. Like feed to sleep every nap.

I'm starting with the cup now at 5.5mo but I'm not sure how to go about it really. I put a free flow cup with water on the high chair tray and she doesn't get how to hold the cup. Put mouth on the spout and tilt. So far she's managed to fling the cup to the floor and chew on various parts of it.

peedieworky Mon 12-Sep-11 12:32:47

Thanks for replying. The few times I have gone off for dentist appts etc he has wanted food so I'd be terrified to leave him with nothing! Sounds like your wee one is enjoying the cup if nowt else [grins]

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