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December 27th, 2010, 11:51 AM
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Hi I have a question for moms who pumped past one year. I am nowhere near there yet but hopefully will be one day! My question is this: do you give your LO a bottle still, or do you give them BM in a sippy/cup?

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December 27th, 2010, 01:18 PM
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I went back to work when DD was 21 months. I pumped when I got home if she was already asleep. I gave it to her in a bottle. She has never really been addicted to the bottle and getting a milk bottle 1-2x a week didnt seem like it'd cause issues. I gave up on the pumping about half a year later and she never missed the bottle. My rationale for putting it in the bottle was that I worked really hard to get her those 2-3oz (would pump for an hour) and I didnt want her to spill it. I've never given her milk in a sippy cup because I dont want to have to try to clean milk out of the impossible to clean surfaces.

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December 27th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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DD won't take it in a sippy cup, so she still gets a bottle. I would try a sippy cup but do a bottle if they won't take the bottle. I asked a pediatric occupational therapist (who i know casually) if there was a physiological reason NOT to give a baby past one a bottle and she said no, especially if it was just one or two a day. When they get older it can have negative effects if they are sucking on it all day, but at this stage 1-2 a day is fine.

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December 27th, 2010, 06:49 PM
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I don't pump often now, but when I did, both of my girls took milk out of a sippy or straw cup. Both refused bottles and wouldn't take them starting around 2.5 months. My solution was to put milk in a sippy starting around 4.5 months, just so I could get away fro a short time. This worked really well for us and got them drinking out of a cup early on.

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January 17th, 2011, 10:25 PM
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With my oldest, I had to go back to work at 8 weeks so he drank his breastmilk from a bottle but we started playing with sippy cups around 6 months and by the time he was a year, he was completely on sippy and straw cups I continued to pump for him until he was 18 months and he decided breastmilk could only be drunk from the tap and did NOT want it in his cup anymore
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