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Straight from breast to cup????

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Feffi Tue 28-Jun-05 17:11:05

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starlover Tue 28-Jun-05 17:11:49

there's no reason why yuo shouldn't do this!
you're right... no reason to bother with a bottle if he'll take a cup!

lemonice Tue 28-Jun-05 17:21:45

dd2 never had a bottle, cup and breast fed (I don't think she had a sippy cup either)

NotQuiteCockney Tue 28-Jun-05 17:37:25

DS2 hasn't had a bottle, not since the early days when I could be bothered with EBM, and hasn't really had sippy cups. He likes open cups, or sports bottles. (Hasn't had milk from them, though, just water.)

Twiglett Tue 28-Jun-05 17:38:41

DD went straight from breast to cup but only for water .. she wouldn't take milk from a cup until she was about a year old though

NotQuiteCockney Tue 28-Jun-05 17:41:47

Oh, duh, my DS1 went from breast to cup, too. We didn't do formula, so he just started with cow's milk at a year. He did sippy cups.

It might be worth letting your DS fiddle with sippy cups (try a few different styles) from once you start offering other liquids (when you wean, presumably at six months).

If he refuses to take formula from a cup, that doesn't have to be a problem - at nine months, if they're eating well, babies can manage on just morning and night feeds, from what I know.

Twiglett Tue 28-Jun-05 17:49:33

DD wouldn't take breast milk from a cup

eventually started giving her cow's milk

never used formula

CarolinaMoon Tue 28-Jun-05 17:51:58

um, this is probably a bit of a thick question, but if you give a baby a non-sippy cup (i.e. open at the top), don't you just end up with a cupful of water/milk/whatever all over the floor?

Feffi Tue 28-Jun-05 17:54:36

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misdee Tue 28-Jun-05 17:54:58

what sort of cups can be used? any before 6 months?

Feffi Tue 28-Jun-05 17:56:04

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NotQuiteCockney Tue 28-Jun-05 19:19:32

misdee, I think Avent do sippy-cup spouts that are ok from four months.

Feffi, I wouldn't give cow's milk much before 12 months, but a week or two won't make any difference, I don't think.

I have certainly known 6-month-olds who were managing on just two feeds a day. You could do morning, night, and a dream feed, even.

CarolinaMoon, I wouldn't just hand my baby an open cup. I hold it and tip it, and he drinks very well. There's a bit of spillage, but nothing noteworthy (he only does finger foods, so mess is normal). I think he drinks better from sports bottles, but I can't really tell.

kama Tue 28-Jun-05 19:48:38

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NotQuiteCockney Tue 28-Jun-05 19:54:25

I just know that's what he was doing. He was in nursery, I think. His mum was ill (really bad SPD), if I remember right. Certainly at a year, managing on just two breastfeeds a day is relatively normal, so why not at 9 months?

He took other fluids, obviously.

Feffi Tue 28-Jun-05 20:50:48

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likklemum Tue 28-Jun-05 21:19:38

At the hospital, the midwives were feeding newborn babies from open cups so they wouldnt get used to bottles and refuse breast, so i think even young babies (4months) could use open cups with help.

Twiglett Tue 28-Jun-05 21:27:38

DD was 10.5 months when she started drinking cow's milk (and I stopped breastfeeding)

edodgy Tue 28-Jun-05 21:31:20

If he'll do it then go for it I went from breast to bottle but wish i'd tried a cup first as having a nightmare getting dd (now 2.2) off bottle for her milk she'll happily take any other liquid from cups but not milk think its a comfort thing. This time am definately going to try cup after bf. Good Luck.

stringbean Tue 28-Jun-05 21:35:12

I'm doing this at the moment with dd (9 mo), and it's worked fine. It wasn't my intention to do this, but she has never taken a bottle (she wouldn't take a bottle of breast milk, let alone formula). She will grudgingly drink a little bit of formula from a beaker on the days I'm at work, but flatly refuses to if I'm around. I found the best beaker for her was the Heinz Baby Basic type (suitable from 4 months), which she still prefers, or a Boots' one with handles and a flip cap which closes over the spout. She's never really got on with an Avent one - I think they have to suck quite hard to get anything out.

Feffi Tue 28-Jun-05 21:39:38

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helsy Tue 28-Jun-05 21:41:13

DD2 wouldn't take a bottle until 8 months - during that time I started back at work so we tried to get her onto a cup. She did take a doidy cup and the heinz basics one. We wasted a fortune on trainer cups/bottles/ different teats and the ones they have to suck were no use at all. She now (at 13 months) will drink from a bottle and a cup. What did it was DH sitting patiently with her for a full day whilst I was at work.

CarolinaMoon Wed 29-Jun-05 09:01:58

well, ds (8mo) will quite happily drink water from a tommee tippee beaker with a flip-up spout (no valve) - sometimes by himself, sometimes with me helping - so we haven't used bottles.

Am a bit relieved re open cups - was beginning to think I was missing something

chipmonkey Wed 29-Jun-05 10:08:40

The Avent white spouts are suitable from 4 months. I give ds3 a little water from one at the moment. He takes it fine but looks a little puzzled. He should be 4 months old now but was 2 months prem. Likklemum at your hospital. At ours I didn't see any baby being fed from a cup, all were put on bottles after tube feeding. Still managed to bf ds3 fully though once I got him home!

popsycal Wed 29-Jun-05 10:12:06

i have a doidy cup here waiting incase i simply cant get ds2 on a bottle
will find a link

popsycal Wed 29-Jun-05 10:13:14

but if you google doidy you will get the bickiepegs site where they are cheaper but i cant access iyt as my computer is crapp

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