How timely! My DS is 12 mos and we're thinking of some of these issues (namely, cup v. bottle)
Originally Posted by kdabbler
If that's the case, bottles aren't going to be an issue as most pedi's recommend that they stop taking bottles at around 12 months. So maybe a sippy such as Kleen Kanteen's is a more viable option.
Isn't the reason pediatricians recommend weaning off of the bottle so that the child doesn't have problems with cavities (which mostly ff babies have)? I am also not a fan of sippies, so I don't know what's so much better about them. Instead I got DS a Nuby cup w/ two handles and a straw, which he uses to drink water.
Originally Posted by Jenlaana
As far as switching from bottles to cups... my dd is almost 2 yrs old and still uses a bottle because she associates the suck/milk with comfort and cups completely remove that calming response. If you BF to sleep at all, you may want to consider weaning off of bottles a totally seperate issue. I switched my DS to a cup (from a bottle, did not BF him) at 1 yr because of a ped's reccomendation and it was a huge mistake, imo. Just my 2 cents on that one though.
This is really interesting (and, admittedly, reassuring). Apparently (according to Jack Newman) my son shouldn't be using a bottle anymore. But I would rather he take a bottle until he is no longer consuming breastmilk while I am at work. (and breastmilk is all he uses the bottle for) I just think he sees nursing (and bottle nursing, which my DH does while I'm gone during the day) as nutrition AND comfort. Why change it? It's working for us...
As to the OP--
My son currently eats 3 meals a day and takes 2-3 bottles while I'm gone which adds up to about 7-11 oz of breastmilk. He nurses constantly in the evenings and at night. I am finding I'm unable to pump more than 7 oz, so I'm going to have to increase his solids. He did take to solids a little more than it sounds your daughter is, but the consumption at 8 months and 12 months is vastly different. You might be surprised by what the next 4 months bring.
I use Avent bottles, which are not bis. A free (or whatever that is). I bought the adapters so I can pump directly into them with my Ameda Purely Yours, a double electric that I bought because it's more affordable than the Medela Pump in Style. I use "1" nipples which are for newborns / slow flow, and always have. I never saw the point of storage bags or disposable liners. Instead I just have lots of bottles with storage caps. I like that the milk stays in one container from breast to mouth.
I will say that I often use my Isis instead of the Purely Yours, but, then, I have time to just sit around and pump for 1 hour a day.