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4 bottles still at 8 months - too much?

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hollie84 Wed 29-Oct-14 21:02:58

As the title really - DS2 is almost 8 months and has 4 bottles of about 6oz a day. Is this too much? Someone expressed some surprise today that he's having milk in the day still at all, and HV has told me I can drop a bottle.

ilovepowerhoop Wed 29-Oct-14 21:07:50

a minimum of 20oz is recommended from 6m to 1y so 24oz sounds fine. My ds dropped to 4 bottles at 8m and was down to 3 at 9 months. If he is happy as it is then I would leave it to him to let you know when to drop another feed

hollie84 Wed 29-Oct-14 22:25:21

He's a pretty large baby and loves his food/milk so not sure he will willingly drop anything grin

Aherdofmims Wed 29-Oct-14 22:42:12

My ds is having about the same - 4 x 7 oz bottles, but he doesn't completely finish them all. I've just started to be in a position to measure the amount as just gone from mixed feeding to ff. I was a bit surprised it was so much so good to know the guideline.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Wed 29-Oct-14 22:47:58

Sounds fine to me. I stopped the dream feed around then which would have been the fourth feed. DD is 2 and still has 2 bottles! So long as your DC is eating well I wouldn't worry

SoonToBeSix Wed 29-Oct-14 22:49:53

My twins are 8 months and still have seven bottles a day.

Laquila Wed 29-Oct-14 22:54:55

I wouldn't have brought there are many 8-mth olds having no bottles during the day! At that age my son was still bf approx every 4hrs. Milk should constitute the main source of nutrition until at least 12mths, and I don't really see how that could happen if they weren't having at least 3 bottles a day.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 30-Oct-14 11:29:52

"Someone expressed some surprise today that he's having milk in the day still at all"
Does that person have an 8 month old? Probably not. You'll be quite surprised at how much you have forgotten in even a years time. Someone will ask you about when you stopped bfing/removed dummy/stopped mincing food and you will rack your brains !

hollie84 Thu 30-Oct-14 21:19:43

It was a childminder who currently looks after under 2s and whose youngest child is younger than my oldest, so not someone looking years back!

Chunderella Sat 01-Nov-14 08:31:05

HV is only right about him dropping a bottle if the 3 remaining bottles contain enough formula to meet the 20oz a day reqiurement. Or you could give 3 x 6oz bottles and eg 2oz formula on porridge- it doesn't have to be given as a drink. There's no need, though. 24oz is a perfectly normal and reasonable amount, and he's got a while to go yet before his intake can be significantly reduced. People have some very odd ideas about reducing formula intake, far too early.

On the subject of milk during the day, I suppose there are probably 8 month olds having 3 bottles of at least 7oz with one before bed, one during the night and one first thing? Or even 9oz before bed and overnight then the rest on cereal?

hollie84 Sat 01-Nov-14 12:16:22

I tried cutting an oz off each bottle and he just woke in the night and wouldn't settle without a bottle - might be coincidence but I think I will stick with the day time bottles!

Chunderella Sat 01-Nov-14 13:26:48

You may as well. No reason not to.

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