Worried DD2 8mo is not getting enough milk.

(6 Posts)
TickledOnion Tue 02-Oct-12 20:56:52

DD2 is 8 months old and was bf until about a month ago. She now has breastmilk at 7am, 7pm and once in the night and 2 bottles in the day but she only drinks about 3oz from each bottle. She eats solids well and drinks some water with meals.
If she won't take more formula, what extra stuff should I be giving her to eat? Is it just more dairy stuff or does she need particular vitamins or other nutrients that bf and ff provide?

Nigglenaggle Tue 02-Oct-12 22:05:34

Weetabix is good you can soak about 80-100ml formula in each biscuit. Its hard!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 13:04:43

Tickled I'm not trained so don't know if she is getting enough milk, although 3oz sounds about right for a baby that is bf. Usually bf babies take an average of an ounce an hour.

Think it might be a good idea to talk to a BFC on one of the helplines about your concerns, you might find that everything is ok.

As for vitamins this is what the NHS recommend.

If you are worried about how much milk she is having, the current advice is to offer milk (bf or formula) about an hour before offering solids between 6 and 12 months. Is that what you are doing currently?

What kind of things does she eat? Is she ok with things like Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta Bake or Spanish Omelette or even cheese on toast?

TickledOnion Wed 03-Oct-12 13:49:44

Thanks for your replies.
She took 5oz this morning just to confuse things, so maybe she is just getting used to the bottle.
We're doing mostly finger foods and she eats all sorts of things including pasta, toast, cheese, fish, chicken & beef. Probably not enough veg but I will rectify that. I'll add some yogurt or fromage frais in so hopefully that will cover all bases.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 16:57:03

Glad you are feeling less concerned today.

Is it the calcium you are worried about? I would seriously consider ringing one of the bfing helplines, just to put your mind at rest, but if you are concerned about calcium, there is no harm in giving her more calcium rich foods.

Sardines and salmon are good ones and there is a list here of some more calcium rich foods.

Other things like Ready Brek, are fortified with calcium and you get to make it up with milk too smile.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 16:57:54

Oh and how about cheesy yorkshire puds with veg? Mine love that.

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