Is one bottle a day at 8 months ok?

(11 Posts)
legallyblonde84 Thu 03-Apr-14 19:11:20

My DD is 8 months old and a very good eater. She has a mixture of finger foods to play with (and which she actually eats) and homemade meals both at lunchtime and tea time. She has a bottle at 7am then she has baby rice mixed with fruit for breakfast along with a slice of toast or fruit bread or a crumpet at about 9.30am, them lunch at 12.30-1ish and tea at 5ish. She has her bath then bottle and bed at 6.15. For the past few nights she hasn't wanted her bottle at all, and has only been having half of her morning bottle, so around 100ml in total. I'm really worried that she isn't getting the vitamins and minerals that she needs from such a small amount of milk. She is thriving and putting on weight nicely I.e. Following the curve in her red book. She has loads of energy and is bright as a button but I can't stop fretting. Has anyone else's little one done this?

Passmethecrisps Thu 03-Apr-14 19:14:28

Is she is getting a full range of nutrients in her diet then I would say that is fine.

My dd is 16 months and refuses to give up any of her 3 bottles a day so personally, I would be happy to be where you are. Just make sure she gets plenty of calcium I think.

Maybe keep offering just now for the next wee while and see how it goes.

they are still supposed to get 20oz of milk per day so if she isnt taking it in drink form you would need to make up the difference through her food. Have you tried offering milk at any other time of day as 2 bottles at 8 months is not a lot (mine were still on 4 at that age and didnt drop to 2 until 11 months)

TheSteveMilliband Thu 03-Apr-14 19:19:05

blush Thought you meant 1 bottle of wine at 8 months pregnant from thread title!

legallyblonde84 Thu 03-Apr-14 19:44:18

I try hard to make sure she has a varied diet with plenty of fruit and veg, and also fish twice a week, and protein every day. She used to have a bottle mid morning, lunchtime and mid afternoon as well but quickly turned her nose up at them when she started weaning.

I offer her water throughout the day which she takes. Maybe I should switch that to her milk?

She literally pushes the bottle away!

She has cheese in some form most days whether it's on toast or in an omelette or her puréed food. Hopefully she will be getting plenty of calcium from that?

It's such a huge responsibility making sure she is healthy. I'm terrified of getting it wrong and she ends up with a deficiency of some sort.

maybe try putting some milk in a cup and see if she takes it that way

cakeymccakington Thu 03-Apr-14 19:50:39

personally at that age I think that she should still be having more milk than food. i'd maybe cut back on the food a little and offer more milk

Rowboat Thu 03-Apr-14 20:30:40

I'm with cakey, maybe reduce portion size. Don't cut out water, but maybe try in a cup at bedtime (when we started introducing milk in a cup we used a different one and kept it entirely separate to water cups to not confuse dd) If she continues to refuse it make sure she's getting dairy in food and use some vitamin drops just to make sure. smile Good luck.

whatdowedowithabouncingbaby Fri 04-Apr-14 01:14:05

My HV told me that as soon cas the drop below 20oz, they should be taking vitimans now. Perhaps time to do that. I would be calling HV for advice tho. She might have more ideas. Also, have u tried mixing milk into her food?

My LO dropped his middle bottle about 9months, but soon picked it back up. Maybe a little phase she's hoping thru?

Chunderella Fri 04-Apr-14 20:26:30

NHS guidance is that formula fed babies under 1 should be having at least 500ml a day, and milk should still be the main (though not only) source of nutrition. The amount of dairy in food doesn't make a difference, though I know some people use formula in cooking and solids eg porridge, mashed spuds etc. I would speak to the HV or GP about vitamins.

JRmumma Tue 08-Apr-14 18:53:03

Can you use some formula in her food? For cereal etc? Make cheese sauce? Puddings?

No, that's not enough unless she is getting serious amounts of dairy and eating higher than average amounts of food in general.

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