A video is going viral on Facebook showing a new baby feeding in a very unusual way.

The video of an infant feeding from a tiny medicine cup was shared on the The Peaceful Lactivist Facebook page and has attracted over  121K views.

Mum explained in the original post, “My baby is only A few hours old in this video and I lost nearly 4 litres of blood during the delivery and I had two operations. It took time until I could breastfeed because of all the blood I have lost. At the hospital where I gave birth we only got a little cup to feed my baby with they had no alternative, for example, bottle.”

According to ABA cup-feeding is actually quite common.

There are some situations in which your baby/toddler may not be able to feed directly from your breasts. If this is the case, you can choose to feed her/him your breastmilk using another method.

Depending on your individual circumstances, other feeding methods may include use of a bottle, breastfeeding supplementer, spoon, syringe, finger etc. A breastfeeding counsellor or lactation consultant can help you work out what method may work best for you and your baby.

Cup-feeding may be particularly useful when small volumes of breastmilk/colostrum are being given and during emergency situations.

For a full-term baby, cup-feeding can be used when:

  • You and your baby are separated for a period of time.
  • You need to give your nipples time to heal.
  • Your baby is refusing to breastfeed.
  • Your baby has a minor cleft of lip and/or palate
  • Avoid nipple confusion

Find out more info on cup-feeding on ABA here.

Have you had any experience with this method of feeding?

Read more: Mum shares the unique way she breastfed her baby

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  • Go back many years and this was the norm – my mother did this with her first born almost 100 years ago and he survived to lived till he was 85


  • I have never seen this form of feeding before. Babies are much more capable then some people think that’s for sure


  • This is not new by any means. God forbid if you give a newborn breast milk or formula from a bottle with a not too soft teat. The lactation consultants and some midwives get on the warpath and get up on their soap boxes about nipple confusion. Using a little cup cuts out all the hysteria! lol


  • My second son was spoon fed as he would not take the bottle and my nipples cracked the morning after. By the time I had express some milk a nurse would spoon fed him. This was when a pump was an actual hand pumping, so would tire me out. He was able to be breastfed by the third day. Only lasted six months with BF and then started the fun of having to make a mixture up as he would not take formula. He was using a sippy cup, the ones with a sprout with little holes in it.


  • Yes I would do this or syringe feed over abottle if I had to supplement a newborn :)


  • I was expecting something unusual and was treated to something not uncommon. I didn’t do this, but my baby girl was nasal tube fed for 2 weeks, then we tried breastfeeding. While it was a success, the LC had us try bottle feeds too, and we ended up taking home the tiniest nipple size (suitable for premmies) for bottles that she used up until she was 3 months.


  • I would be concerned about the baby gulping in too much air. I would prefer to use a bottle with a specially designed teat on it. Or even a syringe which fills a baby’s mouth. If the Mum has lost too much blood she may be too weak to actually hold her baby. She may have been sleeping very heavily or even unconscious part of the time. Also her body may have gone in shock as happened to a friend of mine and no matter what they tried she simply didn’t produce any milk.

    • Don’t think this is that unusual. Think I would prefer finger feeding above this, as there’s so much risk to choke and swallow too much air, causing gas and wind.


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