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30/12/2013 at 21:14
30/12/2013 at 21:35
Hi MM, neither of mine are around 8 months but didn't want to read and run. If it helps E is nearly 18 months and has a beaker of milk before she goes to sleep (this replaced the bottle) Some nights she drains it, other nights she doesn't want to know and pushes it away after a few sips. If its not P's sleep too much I wouldn't worry. I always remember my HV saying with the bottle that she would let you know when she was ready to give it up. Sorry can't be more help x
30/12/2013 at 21:47
F is 7 months and still has most of an 8oz bottle before bed although he has fallen asleep a couple of times after 3oz. He's a chubster though and I've rarely seen him refuse a bottle. I think they are supposed to have 20oz in total at that age but this can include milk on cereal etc so I wouldn't worry as long as she is getting enough calcium.
30/12/2013 at 22:27
Thank you both! JRJ my worry is that because P is allegic to cows milk she isnt getting any dairy through cheese etc, just what she drinks.
31/12/2013 at 08:33
31/12/2013 at 08:36
31/12/2013 at 08:48
B is 8 months and we're doing pretty much as Rusty's timetable. Still BF so can't compare there but some nights she does feed less and just wants to get to bed it seems.
31/12/2013 at 08:52
Our schedule is
7/7.30 - cereal (ready brek or weetabix)
9/9.30 - 8oz bottle
12-1 - lunch
2-3 -8oz bottle
5/5.30 - dinner
7 - bedtime 8oz bottle
W gets water as much as he wants during the day too. He doesn't always take the whole bottle at every feed, it depends on how much he ate at lunch. W is 7 months tbough, so not sure what difference that would make.
31/12/2013 at 10:59
10 bf (no idea on quantity but it's very little as he only feds for a few mins)
2 bf (again only a few mins of a bf)
His milk intake has reduced drastically since weaning and he went from half hour feeds to a few mins. Sometimes he point blank refuses to feed.
31/12/2013 at 12:02
I would also suggest offering milk separately to meals, especially at this age when milk is more important than food. We used to do something like this at around that age...
6.30/7 - milk
8.30/9 - cereal/toast
12.30/1 - lunch
2.30/3 - milk
5 - Dinner
7 - milk
31/12/2013 at 12:22
31/12/2013 at 14:34
Thanks everyone. I was told by my hv not to give milk at different times to food as they should be gradually replacing milk with food now? I think i will drop the milk feed with her tea today and see if that helps. She had 7oz this morning and 6oz at lunchtime so thats already 13oz so as long as she has at least 5oz before bed that would be fine as they are meant to have 18-20oz a day........
31/12/2013 at 20:04
I've always offered milk inbetween meals and then gradually swapped the milk for a snack. They don't need to replace milk for food until they're one, certainly not at 8 months when weaning is still so new. S is also milk intolerant and the dietician said as long as she has 15oz of milk a day, that's fine for her calcium intake. (This was once she'd turned 1) If it helps, my eldest was never fussed on milk and dropped her night bottle not long after 1 - it was her morning milk she's kept.
01/01/2014 at 18:58
01/01/2014 at 19:53
I have been gradually reducing F's middle of day feeds and offering snacks, as he gets better at eating finger foods I will drop the milk further.
I need to change his routine completely though as his nursery gives lunch at half eleven?! So the plan from next week will be
6am - 8oz bottle
8am - porridge made with 4oz formula
9.30am - snack (nursery offer toast which he doesn't manage to eat a lot of yet)
11.30/12pm - lunch
2:30pm - nursery offer further snack plus 8oz bottle
5pm - dinner
7pm - 8oz
I'm not sure how well this will go as I tried it today and he was looking for his normal bottle at 11 :(
The whole weaning thing is a headache!
01/01/2014 at 20:47
Well from yesterday i tried dropping the 5pm milk and giving more solids and so far its going well. I agree JRJ weaning is tough sometimes. See my hv has said 18-20oz of milj a day but not too much more as it can affect iron absorbtion??? Anyway our new routine is
8.30 - porridge made with formula and the rest of an 8oz bottle after.
12.30 - lunch and 5oz bottle
4.30 - tea
8.00 - 8oz bottle
she got grotty around 6pm yesterday so i gave a snack and she was happy and she is now draining most of her bottles. She's had 21oz milk today so seems to be working for now!
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