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How much milk does your 12 month old drink?

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MillyStar Mon 13-May-13 09:59:47

I think i've ballsed up weaning to be honest ;( my dd isn't a great eater and she still loves her milk!

I tried her with cows milk last week still out of a bottle and she wouldn't take it so at the moment she's having half sma and half whole milk to get her used to it

I give her milk at about 6am when she wakes up because we dont have brekky till 8.30, she also has a bottle before bed but she usually has one at about 10am for her nap and most days one at about 2pm. Not got a bottle handy so not sure on ounces but she has about 180ml a time

Is this far too much?

She's not fantastic with her food, she wont eat a sandwich and wont be spoon fed anymore unless it's a yogurt, she will eat things like little bits of cheese though and breadsticks and rice cakes so i often give her a bit of a picnic which mostly gets slung on the floor!

I just felt like a bit of a crap mum this morning dropping her off at nursery still with 2 baby bottles of milk in her bag

Do i need to start refusing the day time milks so she will eat more? Ive refused the 10am one before but she still eats the same amount of lunch then screams blue murder by 2pm for milk

Feel like i've messed it all up

LowLevelWhinging Mon 13-May-13 10:08:42

You've not messed up at all! Babies are all different.

how is her weight? Is she sticking to her centile line in the red book?

As long as she's not losing any weight I would say don't worry. Having done baby led weaning, that theory says to let them have as much milk as they want and that food is just for practising at first. As they get better at eating they will start taking less milk to satiate hunger.

Babies have such tiny stomachs that what seems like not much food to you, could actually be plenty. I think their stomachs are the roughly the size of their fist, so it doesn't take much to be full!

Equally, there's no harm in seeing what happens if you give her less milk. Perhaps not cutting it out, but starting to gradually give less in the mid morning one.

FWIW, my nearly 12mo has 7oz on waking, about 4oz mid afternoon and about 6oz at bedtime. She's starting to be less interested in the afternoon and evening bottles though.

MillyStar Mon 13-May-13 10:15:05

She had jumped up a little bit at her 8 month check up in Jan and i've not been back since to be honest, think i will go this week!

She's not walking yet either so i'm hoping that makes a difference and make her want to eat a bit better

My mum has told me to just give her what she wants and she will sort it all out herself, i just get so worried with what people tell me, one of my friends had her 2 boys completely off milk by 10 months and sort of gives me a look when i'm still feeding her a bottle!

I think i'm going to reduce the amount i put in the bottles a little bit, i suppose they're like an all you can eat at the moment for her and she always leaves some, maybe i need to ration it a bit more

LowLevelWhinging Mon 13-May-13 10:30:00

I think your mum is right! smile

Every baby is different so don't let any comments get to you, it's wasted energy. And completely off milk by 10 months?? hmm

My 7 yr old still has milk at bedtime! (not in a bottle, admittedly)

MiaowTheCat Mon 13-May-13 13:37:05

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Fairylea Mon 13-May-13 14:57:51

Don't worry!

My ds is 11 months and still has 4 bottles of formula a day and 3 large meals!! I just go with the flow.

I have an older dd who is now 10 years old and she was still having a morning and bedtime bottle at 3! She found it comforting and in the grand scheme of things it really doesn't matter.

After a while she just sort of forgot about it ... food and whatever else was going on was far more interesting !

teacher123 Mon 13-May-13 17:08:47

DS is a year, he has 5oz of milk first thing, then 4oz after morning and afternoon nap, then a couple of oz at bedtime. He either has whole milk or formula, depending on what we're up to and whether I remember to make formula...

henrysmama2012 Mon 13-May-13 18:04:50

Blimey, we are still totally on the milk (and puree, and some little snacks). Mine has a lot more milk than yours so I wouldn't worry!!

My LO still has milk with every meal - he still loves it, has always been a happy healthy 100% percentile baby (not fat, just very tall and already looks like he would kick a rugby ball around!) - and it seems to suit him just fine. He's been slower on getting on to the solids (i.e. puree, porridge etc is fine, biscuit-y things fine, but little 'bits' like very small pieces of veg or spaghetti make him throw up immediately! - probably a sensitive gag reflex?). He has lots of puree too. I think all babies are different and they will be ready when they are ready for whatever it is they want to eat.Saying that I do try the soft veg (carrot stick type stuff) regularly to get him on to more 'food' like stuff but apparently I was the same when I was a baby and took ages to switch to actual food.

Sounds like you are doing a great job!

henrysmama2012 Mon 13-May-13 18:06:35

Btw he won't stop using a bottle no matter what we do, but I have full confidence he will swap to beaker as soon as he decides it is right for him!

sharond101 Mon 13-May-13 20:59:49

My LO would trade food for a bottle of milk and takes 3oz morning 6 ozs afternoon and 8 ozs at bedtime. He fusses over food and is 1 next week.

lola88 Mon 13-May-13 21:57:32

DS is 15mo and bobo mad he loves loves loves his milk in a bottle he could happily walk around swigging it all day he still had 3 or 4 bottles a day. He won't take a dummy and doesn't suck his thumb so his bottle of milk is his comfort thing.

I just go with it as long as he's happy and growing i'm not bothered

babySophieRose Mon 13-May-13 22:02:00

My DD 18 months, has one bottle before bed and one early in the morning ( if she wakes up hungry). She has this pattern for the last six months and only drinks more milk if she is ill and nor eating much other foods.

waterrat Tue 14-May-13 17:47:21

My 13 month old is really into food - eats huge portions and still drinks 3 bottles of milk a day! I am a bit embarrassed too about all that milk but he loves the bottle and finds it calming ....

susiey Wed 15-May-13 19:43:49

my 12 month olds (4dc) have always had 3 bottles a day one mid morning, one mid afternoon one bedtime all either 8 or 9 ounces.
pretty soon after one they tend to drop the mid morning one for food definitley kepp the afternoon and evening one for ages.

As for getting them off bottle mine have stayed on the bedtime one till at least 2 1/2 then we just took it away

JustABitDotty Wed 15-May-13 19:58:25

My dd has 3 7oz bottles of formula a day shes 12 months.

Usually has one on waking, one after her nap then one at bedtime. I havent put her on to cows milk yet because shes not a great eater either, the formula gives me a little piece of mind that shes getting nutrients etc

I think if they are still enjoying their milk theres no need to take it away, they will lean more towards food eventually. You wont be sending her to school with two bottles of milk in her bag grin

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