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Dropping a milk feed at 6 months?(4 Posts)
I've posted this on the weaning board as well, not sure where the most appropriate place for this query is.
We started weaning DD a few weeks ago and she is really getting the hang of it now and starting to enjoy her food. At the moment she is on 5 feeds a day of 7oz of follow on formula, the side of the box says that at 7 months you can drop down to 3 7oz feeds a day. She has always been a poor milk drinker, took a lot longer to move through the increase in milk volumes than the guidelines said, and now that she is getting solids she is taking less of the feeds which she gets after them. I am thinking about removing a milk feed just now, she is 6 and a half months at the moment, possibly the one she gets at around 6 pm and maybe making that solid feed 2 courses rather than just one to fill her up a bit more, a savoury course and then a fromage frais or bit of fruit or something. If we get on fine with that then I will think about removing the lunchtime bottle in a couple more weeks and doing the same with that meal, does this sound okay?
I have a 7 month old who is having 5 milk feeds a day (combination of breast and bottle) and will carry on with this for quite a while as milk is still the most important part of a baby's diet for the first year. Our milk box says 3 x 7oz feeds for babies of 7 to 12 months, so would think that by 12 months they should be having 3 milk feeds, rather than as soon as they reach 7months. Try to keep the milk feeds as well as food feeds, I know it feels like you're constantly feeding on way or another!
Our DS is seven and a half months and we found that he dropped the milk by himself. First the early morning went as he took on more food for breakfast and this week he's dropped the late night feed. I'm a great believer in letting baby lead the way. He's a big lad (24-25lbs) and now has 3x8oz feeds a day, where before he was on 5-6 x8oz feeds a day.
The formula box is a guide, baby knows what they need better in my opinion anyway.
Thanks for the advice, I will keep offering the feeds for the moment but when she starts refusing them or only drinking a couple of ounces I will think about taking one away.
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