REfusing a bottle or sippy cup! Any Help?

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Registered: 05-15-2007
REfusing a bottle or sippy cup! Any Help?
Fri, 05-20-2011 - 11:21am

My LO is 7 1/2 months. Since she was about 3 months old she has refused bottles/sippy/anything non-breast.

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Registered: 05-03-2004
Fri, 05-20-2011 - 12:12pm

Have you had someone besides yourself try to giving the cups/bottles?

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Sun, 05-22-2011 - 2:25pm
We gave my DD straws starting at 7 mos. She figured it out pretty quickly. My DS, on the other hand, didn't use anything until about 15 mos! We tried, he just wasn't interested. Finally he took to a sport-top water bottle. He is a really tough cookie so we've only once been out long enough for him to need expressed milk (he's 17 mos, so ouch...), but I did expressed milk in the sport bottle and he was fine. Open cups are great too, even for infants. Just use small amounts of liquid and have a patient feeder who doesn't mind a little mess! We do lots of "dates" in the house.
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Registered: 12-21-2009
Sun, 05-22-2011 - 8:20pm

Your LO is making me smile right now! What a smart little girl. She must know that the healing powers of your breast milk work best when it comes right from the breast! Did she refuse the breast in the hospital or did the hospital want her to take a bottle? I'm glad she's doing ok now. I'm sure that was scary.

Here's a post on how to get reluctant babies to take a bottle (or sippy)

Getting baby to take a bottle when baby is resistant:,,85t5,00.html

I agree with what the others have said about date night. Before you know it your LO will be big enough to leave for a few hours. Some people find that a day time date or morning date works better since babies are generally fussier in the evnings and need more 'mommy' time. If your baby can tolerate it you can bf prior to the date, have the sitter give some drinks and/or solids when you start them and then bf when you come home.

I lvoe the idea of a date at home. Wait until the baby is sleeping and watch a movie and have some popcorn.

This time will pass quickly and before you know it you'll be home while she's out on a date!!


Kathy Kuhn IBCLC
iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, and Maura

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