My daughter has always been breastfed, but even though it's said that they don't need water, living in north queensland is a little hotter and more humid than living in other places, so i started giving her small amounts (around 20mls a day) when she was 2 months old. Being big on breastfeeding, i have never allowed her to have a bottle, so i bought a soft spout Avent cup for her, and she had to suck the water out of it. I have now moved on to a tumbler without a top at all, she is now 7 months old, but we started using the tumbler when she was 6 months old. She is now drinking around 200mls a day of water, but still having 7 - 10 breastfeeds a day (as well as 3 meals and 2 snacks a day of solids!). It's worked for us, but a good one to get would be the Pigeon Cups if you can find them. My little brother had those, and they are just the most wonderful invention. You get the cup with all the different tops, like the mug top and the straw top and the spout topp, that just screw on. They're expensive but definitely worth it. I'm still looking for a set. They are only sold at selected pharmacies.
mother to Hannah born August 9 2003