Transitioning over to sippy cups or straws

 

It's easy to think that a child may be able to just 'drink' from any kind of cup or bottle, but they can infact become quite particular.

 

I've had many parents who have had sippy cups thrown at them or launched across the room, when first offering milk in them, not just breastfed babies but bottle fed babies too.

 

If you are trying to move away from bottles / breast and over to cups, just remember that your child is learning, and they have to learn how to tip the cup back and then get a different mouth/sucking action going to get the milk delivered.

 

Most of the time (99%), the milk intake will greatly reduce when first moving over to drinking milk a new way and this can keep parents in a catch 22, were they 'try' the cup, here and there, but then offer the bottle or breast to ensure that the child is drinking enough milk.

 

Here are 3 tips to help with this transition:

 

1. As soon as your child is eating solids, normalize slippy cups, by offering water in them with all meals that take place in a high chair, or eating at a table.

 

2. For both breastfed and bottle fed babies, around 9 months, choose a middle of the day feeding (between 10am and 2pm) and offer milk (either expressed breastmilk or formula) into a sippy cup to replace a feeding. Expect your child to be upset initially, and don't expect them to guzzle from the cup like the they do the breast or bottle, if you are worried about them being hungry DON'T offer the bottle or your breast as a back up, offer a small snack instead. 

 

3. Perseverance pays off, only if you re consistent will your child be too - don't buy 10 cups, choose one and stick with it to hep your child learn how to use it.

 

If you need help with removing bottle, weaning off the breast or general advice on feeding, contact us for more information and guidance. 

 

 

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