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How much milk for an 8 month old?

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CashierNumber2Please Mon 28-Sep-09 17:53:06

Hi All

Am not a newbie but no-one really knows me anyway (not sure why I felt I had to include that snippet of info....)

I am sure this has been done to death but I have gone through the archives and can't really find what I need (actually I keep getting sidetracked by all the other posts!)

Anyway, really confused as to how much milk I should be giving DS now we are weaning.

Here is his 'routine'

7.45am - 7 - 8 oz, then maybe some porridge
10 - 11amish - one of those fruit puree pots
12pm - 7 - 8 oz
3pm - 7 - 8 oz
5.30 - 6.30pm - dinner / dessert
8pm - 9pm - bed

I feel I should explain that his dinner / bedtime is prob. well later than most as DP and I work FT and I don't get home until 6.20pm so if he went to bed at 7pm I'd never see him so we kind of settled into this timing.....

The weaning is going well but I am not sure if we shoudl introduce another meal and / or drop or reduce his feeds. I am really confused as some advice says to feed them what they used to have aswell as their food but he doesn't seem to want that much....

Any advice or pointers on what we should be doing differently,. if anything??

Thanks

CashierNumber2Please Mon 28-Sep-09 17:54:04

I have namechanged btw but as I say no-one really knew me before so no point in saying who I was as it will make no difference anyway sad grin

dan39 Mon 28-Sep-09 18:53:23

I have an 8 month old too, not saying i am deffo doing it 'right' but just to let you compare, she has -

7am - 7ish oz milk
7.30/8ish porridge made with 3oz milk (formula)
12/1ish lunch (savoury then sweet)
5/6ish dinner (savoury then sweet again but diufferent from lunch)
7.30 7oz before bed.

sounds loads less than you, i was giving a bottle mid morning and mid afternoon too but she kind of dropped them herself....if she is grumpy in the afternoons she has a snack - actually she pretty much always has a snack thinking about it. My hv said to try to replace milk with food gradually until there were 2 bottles a day, with a total of around 20oz but the 20 includes milk in yoghurt, cheese etc in food. This happened quicker than I had thought (the dropping of the two mid morning/afternoon bottles) but she sort of did it herself.

The impression I got was at this stage you tend to up the food and drop the milk rather than increase the milk. Not sure how much less milk this is than when she was pre-weaning (at about 23 weeks) as I was bf before weaning so was never entirely clkear about quantity then?

But someone more knowledgeable might come along soon!

CashierNumber2Please Mon 28-Sep-09 19:12:33

Thanks Dan. I wondered if it was too much milk. Will see what others (??) say....

Seona1973 Mon 28-Sep-09 20:00:08

a minimum of 20oz is recommended up to 1 year. At 8 months ds still had 4 milk feeds of maybe 6/7oz. He dropped to 3 feeds around 9 months. His timings were:

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

I was guided by ds and when he started to cut down his 11am bottle, I dropped it and replaced it with a small snack and drink of water at around 10.30am. Could you maybe give the milk mid-morning and then do lunch in the middle of the day?

oooggs Mon 28-Sep-09 20:07:05

ds3 is 8 mths and he does this:

7am - formula milk (6oz)
8am - cereal with cows milk (3oz ish)
sleep 8.30 - 9.30
11.30 - lunch - savoury & sweet
sleep 12.30 - 2.15
2.30 - formula milk (6oz)
4.30 - tea - savoury & sweet
6.20 - formula milk (6oz)
6.30 - bed & sleep

not hot on lumps yet hmm but has 7 teeth which have come through quite quickly so that 'could' be why.

pluto Mon 28-Sep-09 20:15:47

This is useful thread - just to record what DS is doing (he is a 7 month MONKEY!!!)

5.30am ish big breast feed

7.30am Brekkie - Weetabix with a bit of full fat milk

10ish 7oz of formula

12ish Big Hot Dinner and Pudding

3pm ish - suckles on breast

6pm Big Hot Tea

7pm Breast feed

Tries it on the night a lot - I generally refuse.

No teeth

pissyknickers Mon 28-Sep-09 20:51:08

I am breastfeeding so difficult to know how much she is getting in Oz but we do the following and i'm not sure whether to cut down the breastfeeds as she's eating so much but guess she'll only take what she needs.

7.30 large breastfeed
9.00 fruit & porridge
12.30 small breastfeed
1.30 savoury & sweet
4.00 small breastfeed
5.30 savoury & sweet
7.15 large breastfeed

i suspect it also depends on how active your baby is. My DD has been on 3 meals a day from the beginning (5 1/2 mths) as she's so active crawling then and now cruising like crazy and has a huge appetite.

hope that helps

pissyknickers Mon 28-Sep-09 20:52:24

and no teeth and lots of lumps and finger food

Daffodilly Mon 28-Sep-09 21:36:13

DS is exactly 8 mths. He has:

6-7AM ish BF
8AM Weetabix with full fat cow's milk
12:30 savoury meal, fruit and then offer BF
4PM snack - toast, banana, fruit/fruit pot/yoghurt
5:30PM davoury meal and then fruit
7PM BF then bed

He only recently changed the 4PM feed from BF to food. One day I just offered him a banana and he ate so much I didn't think he'd need milk so didn't offer and he didn't complain.

I reckon you can just gradually offer more solid food or offer it first then milk and gradually they will take/expect less milk. Still have early morning and bedtime for a while though. DD is almost 3 and still likes a cup of milk on waking and bedtime!

CashierNumber2Please Tue 29-Sep-09 08:25:50

Thanks everyone. Seems I'm not doing anything totally wrong but I might start to introduce another meal. In total he has 24oz at the mo so I might start reducing the amount and give him some food at lunch.

Strangely he doesn't seem to enjoy a milk feed before bed. We used to give him a last feed at about 9pm but he ALWAYS woke up at about 3am wide awake. When one night we were so tired we decided to see how he got on without one he slept through and still does. He is a very strange soul....

Going to start today - will report back smile

dan39 Wed 30-Sep-09 10:50:14

Reassuring that we are all in the same ballpark...pissy I just had to say great name!!

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