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Doctor to Tom and Katie: “Wean Suri Off the Bottle!”

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On Wednesday, Katie Holmes was photographed bottle-feeding daughter Suri on the New York set of her new movie, The Romantics.

Should the girl, 3, still be hitting the bottle?

No, experts say.

Related: Check out adorable photos of Suri in Boston last month

"She should have been weaned off the bottle by the time she was one year old," Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of Food Fights, tells "By the time kids are nine months old, they have the physical development and mouth coordination necessary to be able to drink out of a sippy cup or a cup with straw. That development comes pretty early."

So what gives?

Shu says she doesn't "know why" Tom Cruise and Katie still allow the girl to use a bottle. "You don't force kids to crawl when they can walk," Shu tells Us.

Related: See photos from Suri's recent trip to Disneyland

But Dr. Harvey Karp — a pediatrician, child development specialist and creator of the DVD and book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block — doesn't think it's such a big deal.

"Sucking is normal for kids when they are tired or bored — as long as kids aren't keeping the bottle in their mouths for hours" he tells Us, adding that it may serve as an emotional security device. "Thumb-sucking is more damaging."

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But Shu tells Us that if Suri is using the bottle out of comfort, her parents should "transition her to a different security object that doesn't cause cavities," such as a blanket or a Teddy bear.

Or, perhaps, some high-heel shoes?

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