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I plan on pumping for as long as DS still drinks breastmilk during the day. My DH is a SAHD so he has always bottle nursed DS.<br>
I don't particularly care if DS uses a bottle for longer. We don't really use sippies (just give him sips of water from our own cups) and if we did use a sippy, it likely wouldn't have a valve. That's obviously bad news for the liquid gold.<br><br>
So I'm thinking that as long as DS is drinking pumped bm during the day, he will drink it out of a bottle. (It is, after all, a substitute for nursing)<br><br>
Did anyone else do this? I know most FF babies are off the bottle at 1 year, so I guess I have no idea how long BF ("normal" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) babies use a bottle (if they do).
 

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we never used a bottle. we went straight to nuby sippies at 6 months old when i returned to work.<br><br>
at a year, we switched to nuby straw cups. both have a modified valve mechanism.<br><br>
the warning i have though is that I have to remind my boy (14 months) that his latch doesn't have to pinch since the valve on the nuby requires more jaw pressure to open it up...
 

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My son would never take EBM from a cup, only wanted it from the tap or a bottle (while being bottle nursed.) So he took a bottle until 22 months, when I finally quit pumping.) He drinks moo milk in a sippy and mama milk from the tap since then.
 

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We're transitioning from bottle to sippy cup at daycare. We started a couple weeks ago, and DD is 11 months old. So far she has done really well with it, as long as she is eating a snack while drinking her sippy of bm. She loves water in a sippy cup and will drink that any time. I use the Take & Toss brand of sippy cups. They're the only ones DD really had any luck with drinking herself.
 

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I'm in essentially the same situation as you, OP. SAHD, etc. I prefer bottles to sippies because I notice if she has sippies for a day or two, her latch becomes more painful. That does not happen with bottles.<br><br>
Dd is 13.5 mos old and she still gets BM and whole milk in a bottle. Whole milk because my supply has dropped significantly and I can't pump enough BM for her.<br><br>
We're planning to let her try water in a cup during the warmer weather, maybe wearing her bathing suit outside, so when she dumps it all over herself it won't matter. I envision transitioning her to cups by the end of summer.<br><br>
I would never put BM in a cup if I thought she might spill it. I could not bear to lose what little BM I can still pump for her!<br><br>
Julia<br>
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DD was never a heavy bottle user so I used a bottle as long as she took one, I don't know maybe 2.5? She refused one until she was older. It was the sucking and such she needed so a sippy didn't make sense to me.
 

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My daughter won't take anything but water from a sippy (and she'll also take water from a cup if I hold it).<br><br>
EBM goes in the bottle...when she's done with EBM, she'll either drink only water or she'll adapt to drinking other stuff out of a cup (which, really, she doesn't NEED to do).
 

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I work 2 days a week and my nanny gives her EBM in a bottle. We've switched to a sippy for water and tea, but she still does the bottle for BM (as my ped said she most likely would not drink BM out of a sippy).<br><br>
I have a sippy recommendation for anyone interested. We just bought the BORN FREE trainer cup and I love it. Its free of bisphenol A (so its not toxic to your little one) and its got a different design for the vent to minimize the need for hard sucking (which is supposed to reduce ear infections and negative ear pressure according to the website).<br><a href="http://www.newbornfree.com/pics/bornfree/index_trainers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.newbornfree.com/pics/born...x_trainers.htm</a><br><br>
I bought mine at Whole Foods and its been a great success. I used it without the valve for a few days until she got the hang of tipping it back to drink (her bottles were the old school playtex nursers that you push the air out so she drank with the bottle straight down, and had to learn to tip it back to drink). She easily transitioned to using the valve. Its easy to hold and doesn't leak.<br><br>
They are a bit pricey (about $10 each) but I think its a small price to pay for a well made non toxic product. SO many of the bottles and sippys out there have bisphenol A which is a known hormone disruptor and linked to cancer, etc.<br><br>
WE LOVE IT!<br>
XOXO<br>
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