DD is 8 months and has always been formula fed. She's never been a very hungry baby, only cried for feeds a handful of times as a newborn and has never drunk more than 180ml at a time; this was always a bonus, she plateaued at 150ml from about 4 months onwards.
She's been on 3 meals a day for the last few months and LOVES solids. We've naturally dropped some of the milk feeds as a result, and she's now on 150ml bottles at 7am, 3pm, 6:30/7pm and 10pm. However for the last month or so she just isn't interested and never finishes a bottle, the average is about 90ml but the 3pm one she sometimes refuses completely.
I am aware that she is not getting anywhere near the recommended amount of milk per day so she is having vitamin drops and as much calcium as I can get into her diet (milk in cereal, yoghurt, cheese sauce, high-calcium veg etc.). Sadly the health visitors in my local clinic are either incredibly judgy (one told me I was going to give her an eating disorder?!!!) or inexperienced, so I thought I'd ask here! I'd love to drop the dream feed and I think she's ready, but she usually drinks the majority of this bottle because she's half asleep, meaning I'm getting a good 120ml in to her without any hassle. So what do I do? Carry on with it because it means she's getting milk, or stop because she's ready to drop it?
Oh Im not sure i can help with the dream feed decision but what a load of rubbish saying your baby will get an eating disorder. I would make a formal complaint that's an abuse of the profession. I always went with ...is ds healthy/growing? Yep...then don't worry. Noone actually knows how much breast fed babies consume do they. I'm sure whatever decision you make it will be the right one for your baby. If you try it once, and it doesn't work you can always return to dream feeds again. It's a beautiful journey of trial and error raising children. Trust your own instincts. Noone knows baby as well as you do.