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Dropping a feed

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DillyDallyDayDream Mon 03-Dec-12 23:43:31

Baby is 11months old, feeds are a bit like this
6ish am - breast feed
7:30am - breakfast
Between 9:30 and 11am - formula feed (max 5oz)
12:30ish pm - lunch
Between 2:30 and 3:30pm - formula feed (max 7oz)
5ish pm - dinner
7:30pm - bed time breast feed

2/3/4am - breast feed

Do any feeds need to be dropped? If so what one? How can the night feed be dropped?

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 23:55:03

Our baby is much younger but HV and MW at our local baby group said that no baby over 6 months NEEDS a BF for nutritional reasons as long as they are weaning well during the day. If I was dropping a feed it would be the middle of the night one!

iloveholidays Mon 03-Dec-12 23:58:02

I would think about dropping the morning formula feed and replacing with a a snack. There is guidelines on how much milk a baby should get (pint??) but this includes dairy in solid foods.

In relation to the night feed, have you tried just settling without feeding? Both my girls just dropped their night feed around .9/10 months. Sorry not much hep on that one!!

DillyDallyDayDream Tue 04-Dec-12 23:18:58

Not my baby just the one I nanny.

Breast feed is now very occasionally in the morning so most days he only has one (in night)

Tried settling in the night without a feed took 2hours, the baby's mum doesn't want to do controlled crying

Debs75 Tue 04-Dec-12 23:23:31

If a baby over 6 months doesn't need a breast feed for nutritional reasons why do they need a formula feed? Breastmilk is much better for baby then the formula so I would personally keep the night feed. Who gets baby to sleep on a night you or mum?

DillyDallyDayDream Wed 05-Dec-12 17:58:50

Occasionally me but most of the time mum

somanymiles Wed 05-Dec-12 18:12:26

why would you "need" to drop a feed? It is really up to how Mum is feeling. If she is tired she could try night weaning. Here is a gentle method, but babe is already sleeping for seven hours at a time without a feed... so maybe it is less a case of dropping a feed and more a case of moving them around a bit?[]]

somanymiles Wed 05-Dec-12 18:12:52


Debs75 Wed 05-Dec-12 18:20:14

How about Elizabeth Pantleys No Cry Sleep Solution?
If you are doing the early evening bedtime then it would be easier to get him to sleep as you won't smell of milk. You don't have to do controlled crying. Talk with the mum about setting him a proper bedtime routine with bath, story etc. Mum could even feed him then you take him to bed and get him used to going up to bed awake.

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