Breast milk in a sippy cup?

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Registered: 05-22-2011
Breast milk in a sippy cup?
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 1:06pm

Can you put breast milk in a sippy? After having to suppliment for 8 months, we finally stopped using bottles and now that my baby is 11 months old, I don't want to start using them again. I may be going back to work in which case my son would have to go to day care. Right now he still nurses every 2-3 hours, so I know he'll need breast milk during the day and I'm just trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I want to contniue breastfeeding as long as he wants to.

If I were to put breastmilk in a sippy cup for him, would it be ok for them to give it to him throughout the day, storing it in the fridge when he's not using it?

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 3:33pm

Of course it would be a great idea to put breast milk in a sippy at this age. As for refrigerating what is left for later, I think it would be the same as for bottles of expressed breastmilk. You can refrigerate and offer later, and you would not want to waste any. You would probably not want these leftovers being offered repeatedly, or stored for long periods like overnight.

So also, be concious of not having too much in the cup in the first place. Better to put an ounce or two in, and have it used, than to put four ounces in, and have leftovers.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 9:06pm
We did it every day for about 7 months, until I weaned off daytime pumping about 2 weeks ago. We packed 2 cups with equal amounts of milk between them, about 4 ounces to start and tapered off from there. it is good not to put all the milk in one cup because an over zealous kid can drink it all in one or two sittings and have none for the rest of the day. I watched it happen repeatedly with one little girl in my DS's daycare. Everyday are is different, but our daycare has a little dorm fridge in the classroom where the milk cups are freely available to the kids. The teachers supervise but kids who are big enough (like my 14 month old DS) can get their own cup out whenever they he got his milk on demand. They knew which cup was theirs too. It was pretty impressive. Also, many centers require breast milk to be specially labeled. At our daycare, three is a red band on any cup or bottle with breast milk.
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Registered: 12-21-2009
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 7:26pm

I agree it's perfectly fine to give ebm in a sippy cup. Just be sure your baby is ok with it. Babies under a year (and over too) sometimes still like to suck for comfort reasons. But if your baby does ok that's fine as long as the daycare is willing to do it. (Some won't allow ebm in cups because of fears that another child might accidently drink another mom's milk).

If you do give ebm in a cup it is the same as a bottle. Once the baby begins to drink from it you have about 1-2 hours before it should be thrown away. So tell the daycare to put only a small amount in at a time and just keep adding to it as the baby wants more.


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