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Baby dropping milk feeds - is she getting enough

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Notsochilledanymore Tue 26-Aug-08 18:56:18

Have posted this in weaning as well, so apologies if you've read it before!

DD (6m) started on solids three weeks ago. Since then, has dropped a milk feed totally (refuses 10am bottle with tightly clamped together lips) and has reduced overall milk intake from 900ml per day to just under 500ml. She's loving her solids but should I limit the amount that she eats in order to get her to drink more milk? She has her bottle before breakfast but after lunch and dinner - she refuses most of her solids if I do it the other way around (if I give the bottle first, she takes 700ml per day, so a lot more milk but very little solid food). Should I give her smaller bottles before the solid feed and then hope that she'll eat more solids? Or should I just chill out and let her have what she wants. Very confused about what to do - help!

Notsochilledanymore Tue 26-Aug-08 19:48:51


Seona1973 Tue 26-Aug-08 19:52:32

do you give solids right before milk or do you stagger the feeds? I found ds maintained his milk intake better if I gave solids in between his milk feeds e.g.

7am - milk
8am - breakfast
11am - milk
12pm - lunch
2.30/3pm - milk
5pm - dinner
7.15pm - milk

Milk is still most important and they should have a minimum of about 20oz per day up to 1 year.

Notsochilledanymore Tue 26-Aug-08 20:26:25

Gosh - when do you fit naps in (for the baby rather than yourself!) - mine is still napping a fair bit through the day. Routine is currently:

6am - milk feed (c200ml)
7am - breakfast
8.30-9.30 - nap
12 noon - lunch
1 pm - milk feed (c150ml)
2.30pm-3.30pm - nap
5.30 pm - dinner
7.15 pm - milk feed (c140ml)

She also gets formula mixed with baby rice or porridge for breakfast, some formula with baby rice as part of lunch plus some wholemilk yoghurt, and the same again for dinner.

Maybe this is enough milk....HV suggestion to stop feeding solids not very helpful....

angel1976 Tue 26-Aug-08 20:47:36

Hi, I posted on your other thread as I am in a similar position to you. Looking at our schedule, I would say if you want to maintain her milk feed, to swap the 12noon lunch with her 1pm bottle and that should up her milk intake. You can still keep her solid dinner at 5.30pm and her milk at 7.15pm...

Notsochilledanymore Wed 27-Aug-08 09:04:10

I'll give that a go today and see how we do. Delaying breakfast this morning until 8am meant that she took more solids so bigger gaps I think might be the only answer.

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