Originally Posted by cmlp
Unfortunately, the way the milk comes out of the breast differs from the way it comes out of the bottle. From the bottle, it comes out far more quickly, easily and in a far great volumes, leading the child to consume sometimes huge amounts of milk. It is no wonder that there is a significant link between prolonged bottle feeding (of cow's milk, that is, not breastmilk) and anemia. Three and four year olds who are still drinking cow's milk from a bottle often do not eat enough other real food and suffer from a serious deficiency in iron as a result.
But that's a *nutrition* problem, not a bottle problem. If I'm giving my daughter copious quantities of cow's milk, juice, pop, etc., it's not going to matter too much whether it's in a bottle or a regular cup. Yes, a child may drink a lot of cow's milk (or whatever) if it's in a bottle. From what I've seen, many times, if a child is offered CM (juice, pop, etc.) in a cup, s/he will also drink a lot of it as well, in lieu of water or breastmilk (if they're still being offered it). A beverage comes out of a cup just as quickly as it does out of a bottle, and even more so as the child gets older. I don't want to put words in your mouth, but it seems the concern you have (and I agree, if this is what you're arguing) is WHAT young children are being offered as opposed to HOW it's being offered.
I can't see denying my daughter breastmilk (the most complete food there is for her) just because she won't drink it out of a cup or from the breast .