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6 month old gone off milk

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bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 20:58:08

Hope someone can help! My 6.5 month old ds has gone off his milk. He has been weaned since he was 4.5 months old, loves his food but is really tricky taking his milk. He is formula fed and won't take much at all. He takes no more than 120mls in the morning and about 120/140mls of his night time bottle. I've phoned the health visitor and I'm waiting to hear back from them. But wondered if anyone had any advice? I'm worried he's not getting enough and won't be putting on enough weight!! He's a happy little boy despite this!!

Pascha Tue 20-Aug-13 20:59:22

Is he teething?

maja00 Tue 20-Aug-13 21:01:54

240mls isn't enough - if he has less than 500-600mls before 12 months then you need to supplement with vitamins as he won't be getting enough.

Can you get formula into food - make up cereal with 100ml of formula?

Do you offer any milk in the day? Advice is normally to offer milk an hour before food, so they can't fill up on food first. Maybe try some different cups and straws etc if he isn't bothered about a bottle.

bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 21:08:28

He is teething, but has been for ages with nothing to show for it yet!! I know it's not enough and that's what worries me sad
I have tried cereal but that's one thing he doesn't like.
I wondered about offering it instead of water/juice, I could keep it in the fridge and offer every now and then?? Would that work maybe? So worried!!!

maja00 Tue 20-Aug-13 21:25:51

Definitely offer milk instead of juice!

How many feeds does he have/you offer during the day?

ilovepowerhoop Tue 20-Aug-13 21:29:19

at that age both mine had 4 milk feeds. Are you only offering 2 feeds?

bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 21:31:09

We've tried offering during the day but he will not take it! Screams and screams until I stop. Should I just persevere and make him take it somehow? Refuse to give him his other food? I'm totally lost here!

maja00 Tue 20-Aug-13 21:38:39

I would try offering milk instead of snacks morning and afternoon - but maybe try a cup instead of a bottle.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 20-Aug-13 21:38:44

could you try offering it in a cup along with a snack in his highchair? Does he take other milky foods e.g. cheese, yoghurt, etc

ilovepowerhoop Tue 20-Aug-13 21:39:12


bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 21:41:29

He takes yoghurt and loves those, so he has one a day. We tried waking him up at 10/11pm for a bottle but he wouldn't have it and then slept really badly.
I'll try giving it to him instead of water/juice throughout the day. He has a bottle in the morning then lunch at 11 which is purée and a fruit pot and then dinner at 3 which is similar to above and then a bottle at 7 ish and he won't take the whole thing. I'm worried I'm not doing a good job and I'm trying so hard. He's my first and very few friends have babies so not much advice for me there!

maja00 Tue 20-Aug-13 22:00:53

Is he gaining weight? That sounds like a very small amount of milk/food for a baby.

Could you try offering more milk at 11am, and then lunch at 12, and then a bottle at 3pm and tea at 4pm?

bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 22:02:58

Seeing it written down doesn't look like much.
I will try that, I really need and want to get him drinking more milk so tomorrow I'll start on that regime and see if it helps. He isn't sleeping well and this must be the reason, he's not getting enough milk/food!!
Thanks so much for your advice

beckslovestimmy Tue 20-Aug-13 22:12:58

Hi there, doesn't sound like much milk or solids. maybe offer milk before food. DD is 7 months and has her bottles 4hrly I then offer solids between 30mins to 1.5 hours after her milk. You could offer dairy at each meal, yoghurt, little cubes of cheese or small cheese sandwiches/cheese on toast, pasta in cheese sauce ect. Hope the HV contacts you soon.

bluehearted Tue 20-Aug-13 22:16:04

He is eating a lot of solids and a lot of them have dairy in them and he has snacks. But looking at it written down I see it doesn't look like much. I'm going to up it tomorrow, at 11 I'll put him in his highchair with milk in his juice bottle and then feed him an hour later and do the same at 3. I'll do 90mls and each time and see if he takes it!
Thanks so much for all the advice! It's been a big help and eye opener x

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