I will be going back to work in about a month when DD is about 8.5 months. DH will be taking care of her while I'm at work. I'll probably work from home some part of the time so that I can nurse her part of the time, but not sure how much that would be.
I started thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to go directly to cup feeding and avoid bottlefeeding altogether - we haven't introduced a bottle at all yet. Is it plausible that she could safely and effectively use a sippy cup at 8.5 months? I know that some babies do cup feeding from a real cup as newborns, but I would think that might be harder with an older baby who likes to grab at everything. Would I be denying her the "comfort suck" by not giving an artificial nipple while I'm away?
DS never got the hang of a sippy cup (he went right from bottle to real cup), so I'm wondering what others' experiences are.