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January 24th, 2011, 01:18 PM
sandpaper06's Avatar Mom of 3 darlings
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Lauren is now 10.5 months. I am still nursing her, but wasn't planning on doing so after 1 year. I mean, I will if she won't take liquid from another source, but I am hoping to get her on a sippy or straw or something before then. Yes, I'll miss it, I think BF is the only thing that is really keeping me from wanting to get pregnant yesterday.

That said, how do you actually get a baby to drink from other sources? DS always took a bottle because I had to add calories to my BM until he was 5 months old. He was weaned by 6 months and I got pregnant the next week. Anyway, even though "I've done this before" I haven't done this before.

L used to take a bottle, but since about 2 mos old, she has been taking the breast milk from the tap rather than a bottle. Lately she's refused a bottle at all. I'm ok with that in the sense that I don't mind not having to wean off the bottle later, but how do I make her realize that liquids come in other forms? How do you teach a baby to drink from a straw?

Any advice? She doesn't like watered down juice or water really, and my pump has kicked the bucket. I'll get a new one for the next kiddo, but don't want to purchase one right now. Would it be horrible if I tried to give her a little whole milk? I do have one can of formula, but it is the gigantic Sam's Club size. I'd rather not open it for the little bit I would need to use.

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January 24th, 2011, 01:45 PM
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We just started giving Kolbie a sippy cup with a little water in it and she took right to it. She's starting to want to do everything her sister is doing which is kind of fun! She actually figured out straws really early on and I don't know how she managed that. At 10.5 months I don't see a problem with giving her a little cow's milk each day.
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January 24th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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Like Mylene, I've been giving Abri a sippy with water to practice. She has the idea of sucking but hasn't figured out how to tip the cup up to get water to come out. A little practice every day should help. I think it would be fine to practice with some whole milk as long as you aren't replacing nursing sessions with the milk.

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January 24th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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Vi practices with cups of water or I just hand express some BM into a cup for her. Lily never took a bottle at all, and Vi has only had maybe 3 bottles of pumped milk, but both took to sippies and regular cups right away.

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January 24th, 2011, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I bought a couple of new sippys Saturday and have been giving her the chance to use them for months, but she just doesn't want anything to do with a cup. The second one gets near her mouth she turns away. I guess we'll just keep trying and trying.
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January 24th, 2011, 07:14 PM
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I'm with ya there Alisha. Rilynn won't do anything but play with a sippy cup or bottle. She doesn't actually get anything out of it and that worries me because like you I plan to wean at a year. Let me know if you find any tricks that work for you. =) Good luck!
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January 24th, 2011, 08:32 PM
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Zepp wouldn't drink from the sippy cup but while we were on vacation i put the straw from his apple juice in his mouth and he learned to drink out of the straw it took him a few tries but then when we got back I bought him one from target that has a super soft straw its one of the cheap ones at Target the munchkin brand the one with the spill proof straw but not the flip one and he likes that since its soft and with that one we were able to suck the liquid almost to the top of the straw and it stayed there for him to only have to suck a little the first time to figure it out which helped him get the hang of it.

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