Re: cup feeding a toddler
It sounds like your DS is getting enough liquids that you don't have to worry, but I would be offering a cup now just as training. My solution was to offer water most of the time, with watered-down juice given once a day. We started by offering a sippy cup without the stopper in, offered only at mealtimes. Once baby understood that liquid came out of this thing, we put the stopper in. And once she got the hang of that, I kept a cup of water available all the time.
As much as your DS is nursing, he certainly doesn't need milk. Milk is given as the next step from formula; the fat and other nutrients in it are good for brain development and other needs. But you're not on that track; your breastmilk is better than cow's milk for all that!
(That said, we do now give milk to our 19mo once per day: it's chocolate milk, with about half the flavoring that the package recommends. LO's still erratic about eating solids sometimes, and this is my way of making sure she gets some protein that's not from me; the protein seems to cut down on the nursing demands a bit!)
Good luck, Mama; you're doing great!
Last edited by @llli*mama.jen; October 1st, 2011 at 06:51 AM.
Reason: changed some clumsy phrasing
Happy Toddler, 19 months, still bfeeding
Late Son, passed at age 8, bfed 5 months
Daughter the Elder, age 19 yrs, bfed for 22 months