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#1 indigogirl

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:38 AM

Hi

My now 6 month old has always refused the bottle with EBM but I was hoping that when he started solids he might at least take a sippy cup or something so that he could have EBM but also water on a regular basis.

So far Ive tried lots of different styles of cup and bottle but I'm not having much luck and he is now constipated as he's not having enough fluid. And I am going to have to go back to work soon so he really needs to be able to drink something!  

The most successful attempt so far has been a small plastic shot glass that I help him with. But most of that ends up all over him and I dont really have the time to sit and do that as regularly as Id like or that he needs, especially on hot days.

Has anyone had success with a particular brand or style or method that I might try?

Thanks

#2 outdoorgirl81

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

I remember I friend having some success with the "maggi cup" (like maggi noodles) which is like a cross between a teat and a sippy cup, but I can't remember any more details, sorry. If you're stuck a syringe is good to get fluids in but not an ideal long term solution obviously.

#3 FeralZupee

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

My DD was the same, I found any sippy cup that was bottle/teat like she just chewed so they were no good. We had a huge success with the cheap 'take and toss' brand of sippy cups from the supermarket. They have a hard spout which suited DD. she used them for water and EBM until around 13 months when she learned how to take the lids off with her teeth. I was so happy when we found them and she was ok having EBM in them, so wishing you luck!

#4 Pinky101

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

We found Doidy cups good ( but you need to supervise or it will also go everywhere). Also sippy cups without a valve (ie Take & Toss or the Tommy Tippee one with spout that folds down to stop leaks). The straw ones were also much easier than the spout kind (even though I think the labels say 12 months +)

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Edited by Pinky101, 17 December 2012 - 12:43 PM.


#5 H3X

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

My son wouldn't ever drink from a bottle and had trouble with sippy cups for ages, but he did find it a little easier to drink from the straw cups. We used the ones from Kmart that cost a couple of dollars.

#6 PurpleNess

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

DS never got the hang of a sippy cup, the tipping just never worked.
We use a cup with a straw, easy for him & now he gulps water down.

Use a different bottle for water than milk as they do buikld associations & persist, offer it at least 4 times a day & at meal times.
Same goes with solids - persist, he'll get it sooner or later, at 6 months I wouldn't worry too much excpet for the constipation, that's hard.

#7 tick

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

Take n toss cups are great, as are Kala's magic cups.

#8 mandala

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

We had good success with a MagMag cup - but it's an expensive cup to try if it doesn't work.

There have been some previous threads in Feeding your Baby with excellent suggestions on how to encourage your baby to use a bottle/cup. I believe someone did have success once using juice on one occasion to encourage her DS to use a bottle, but there were heaps of other ideas in there, too.

#9 deejie

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

There is a pinned thread in the breastfeeding section on managing returning to work which might have some useful tips for you:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...howtopic=864976

DS1 was a bottle refuser too. He was in child care 2 days a week from 6 months and never took a bottle. I would express and send bottles of milk which the carers would spoon feed, mix through puree to make a runny slop, feed with an open cup or when they really needed to, they would syringe it in! Very effective and he was fine from 8am to 5pm with no breastfeeds. I topped him up when I dropped him off and fed him when I picked him up.

DS2 is a bottle refuser too (I have long since given up). He has been very good with the old Take N Toss as PPs have mentioned.

Good luck!

#10 lucky 2

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

This is pretty typical OP, they know how to drink from the breast and they see no reason to do anything else!
If you visit the Bfing forum there is a thread in the pinned section about combining returning to work and breast feeding.
There are lots of stories about and cup refusal in there!
Mine did this also.
Some babies can be given milk or water in food at day care/when you are at work so they wont let your baby fade away even if they wont take milk from another source and/or cup skills are not good. Then baby bfeeds when you are reunited again.
Dd used to practice with an open cup when she took her baths, she loved it. She wasn't good with a cup till around 10months
The link below has lots of information on alternative methods of feeding a bfed baby. It may also give you some ideas.
All the best.
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding...native-feeding/

eta, Hi deejie, snap original.gif

#11 harryhoo

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Have you tried having someone else attempt to give him a bottle or cup? My bub had bottles from the start, but I know a few people in playgroup had this issue. A couple of them found that if they weren't around and their partner/a carer/grandparent fed EBM with a bottle the bub would take it. It was like if mum was there they wanted breast but otherwise was happy to take bottle if it was the only option. Just an idea.

#12 jayta

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

We had a bottle refuser too. Then one day I tasted my EBM - it was disgusting! I have an excess of an enzyme called lipase in my milk which makes it taste gross, even after just being in the fridge overnight. So firstly, I'd encourage you to taste the EBM

After rectifying that, we had success with the Mag Mag spout cup

#13 indigogirl

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:25 PM

Thanks very much for all of those helpful comments and thread links.

My first child had no issues at all with bottles and cups so its all new to me!




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