Public Health

Kick The Bottle

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Happy Birthday!

Serve your child WHOLE milk when they are one year or older.

This is also the time the child should drink from a cup, not a bottle. Offer small cups of whole milk with meals or snacks.

Offer your child the same foods as the rest of the family. Give foods your child can chew and swallow safely and let your children feed themselves.

From the Bottle to the Cup


To allow children to grow up healthy, it is important for them to kick the bottle habit. Many children's stay on the bottle over one year because parents find it easier to use than a cup. Now that your child is over one year he or she needs to eat a variety of table foods and drink milk to grow. Often children will not eat table foods because they are full from drinking large amounts of milk from a bottle. If your child is full from drinking only milk he or she will miss nutrients provided by other foods.

There are more reasons for offering a cop instead of a bottle to your child

Bad Teeth

Children may have bad teeth if they drink from a bottle beyond one year


Drinks from a bottle will stay on the teeth longer than drinks from a cup. All drinks except plain water have sugar. This sugar can rot your child's first teeth. First teeth are important because they help your child to chew new foods and they help second teeth come in straight. Keep your child's smile healthy. Brush or wipe their teeth after eating. Help them to learn to drink from a cup at an early age.

Low-Iron blood

Children who use a bottle may get low iron blood


Children may fill up on drinks from a bottle. Milk, juice, and other drinks are low in iron. Only table foods, especially meats, poultry, dry beans and iron-fortified cereals can give children the iron they need to grow.


A child who stays on the bottle past 12 months may become overweight


Drinking from a bottle may allow your child to drink more than he or she needs. A one-year-old child needs 20 to 24 ounces of milk and 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice daily from a cup. Drinking more than this means extra calories that can add up to extra weight. Remember a fat child is not always a healthy child.

Ear infections

Drinking from the bottle while lying down may cause your infections


If your child drinks from a bottle while falling asleep the liquid goes to the back of the throat, close to the inside of the ear. This is how ear infections can begin. While weaning, give your child a bottle in a sitting position and make sure that he or she does not go to sleep with the bottle.

These health problems can be easily avoided. Help your child stay healthy. Start the cup today and say goodbye to the bottle.

Weaning from the Bottle

Early use of the cup is recommended for all children. You can help your child kick the bottle habit by trying these steps:

  • begin by letting your child take small sips of milk or juice from a cup
  • slowly cut down the number of bottles and increase the number of cups your child takes each day
  • often the morning and evening bottles are the hardest to give up. You may want to start weaning with daytime bottles
  • help your child when he or she is learning to use the cup


Your child may want the bottle for comfort not for hunger. To help your child feel more secure read a story, offer hugs, a favorite toy, or blanket.



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2730 SE Pacific Blvd
Albany, OR 97321

Telephone: 541-967-3888 (Available 24/7 for communicable disease reporting call 541-750-0090)
FAX: 541-926-2102
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1600 S Main St
Lebanon, OR 97355

Telephone: 541-451-5932
FAX: 541-258-5704
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Sweet Home

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799 Long St
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Telephone: 541-367-3888
FAX: 541-367-2407
Toll free: 1-800-920-7571

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