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6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:45:01 am »
Just wondering if my DD is too little to drop to 3 bottles a day. She isn't refusing bottles per se but she used to drink 5-6 oz per bottle but over the last 3 weeks as we have dropped the CN she is drinking less per bottle and it takes a very long time for her to drink them. Its like she's not very hungry so she just sort of takes her sweet time eating. I think if I were to drop a bottle she would be hungrier for other bottles and drink better below is our EASY

7am 3-4oz
8 solids
945/10-1130 nap
1130 3-4oz
1130 solids
2/215 -4 Nap
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645 3-4oz
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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 11:52:35 am »
She is too young to drop to 3 bottles - that usually happens around 9-10 months.

Have you tried a faster teat? If you have then the other thing is to look at how much solids she is having. 3 meals a day is a lot for a 6.5 month old - many babies take a couple of months more to get to 3 meals, she needs milk more than solids at this age.

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 21:42:35 pm »
Hey Melissa - agree with Laura completely.  I would reduce solids to once per day to get that formula intake back up.  You can certainly offer small finger foods at the other times, but I would limit how much she eats.  Formula needs to be at least 24 ozs per day and up to 30ozs is preferable.



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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 19:09:24 pm »
I think it depends, get her weighed, drop her to 3 and see how she does, aslong as she gains weight still then you know best. Charlie is 7 months and I am dropping to 3 bottles, well going to try, he has sr, never been a big milk drinker and paed told us to power on with solids and aslong as he gets between 15-20oz of milk inc dairy then they aren't worried at all x

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 20:07:14 pm »
There is also the issue of hydration - the amount and spacing of bottles isn't just about food. They need to be drinking more than a few sips of water with food to compensate. The minimum amount recommended up until 1 is 20oz, 24-32oz is a more common amount.

Don't forget that milk is much more important for fats and nutrients for growth and brain development than early solids, you don't want them having solids instead of milk.

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 21:46:55 pm »
I totally agree, however you can't force them to drink milk, I have had 7 months of hell with milk and maybe because of his sr it is different with us. Maybe try dropping the one bottle and see if she takes anymore oz over a 24 hour period, she may well do and then you have upper her in take, if not go back to offering it 4 times a day x

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013, 03:15:12 am »
Reflux absolutely makes a difference to babies liking for milk but it doesn't make it less important.  As Laura said, milk is the most important at this age both for complete nutrition and hydration - especially now that we are headed towards the warmer part of the year.  Just would like to mention also that Laura knows first hand how hard reflux can make things... she is the mother of a couple of refluxers herself.

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 06:31:28 am »
V isstill managing on 4 bottles for the most part. There are days when routine only allows for 3 and she manages fine. We are recovering from illness here so maybe a few more weeks then I reassess her milk intake needs.
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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2013, 21:48:26 pm »
Ok I wasn't trying to offend anyone just offering a different opinion, I know you can't force them to drink it that's all I was trying to say, I didn't say it made it any less important x

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2013, 22:56:12 pm »
MM - if you offered 3 dyt she would drink 7/8oz bottles? If so then the total intake will be similar. :-\ it is obviously not ideal, but having a baby who also struggles to feed I understand how some babies lead you to want to move to 3 bottles early.

Also. How much solids is she having? Solids will fill them up quick. If you reduce the volume of solids she may have more milk.

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Ok I wasn't trying to offend anyone just offering a different opinion, I know you can't force them to drink it that's all I was trying to say, I didn't say it made it any less important x
Your opinion is just as valuable as everyone else's honey, please don't feel you were offending. I understand where your coming from. It is just important that it is also made clear that milk needs to be the first line of nutrition for LOs under 1 year :-*
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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2013, 02:18:37 am »
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Quote from: clairew11 on Today at 02:48:26 PM

    Ok I wasn't trying to offend anyone just offering a different opinion, I know you can't force them to drink it that's all I was trying to say, I didn't say it made it any less important x

Your opinion is just as valuable as everyone else's honey, please don't feel you were offending. I understand where your coming from. It is just important that it is also made clear that milk needs to be the first line of nutrition for LOs under 1 year :-*


So sorry Claire!  I was going to PM you and then my 2.5 yr old had other plans... Certainly not offending... this is a public forum that anyone can read so we just have to make sure to point out that there are special circumstances that will lead you away from the "norm" when it comes to feeding.  In general, milk needs to be the main source of nutrition until a year.  Sorry if I offended you!



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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2013, 21:41:06 pm »
Sorry only just managed to get on, I know everyone has to make people aware about milk I just know how hard it is to read that milk is the most important thing when they just won't drink it.

I have found even with Charlie and his sr his intake has picked up a little again, I think from 6+ months plus they go through so much, teething, development etc that they go through phases. I have just carried on offering 4 times a day, sometimes he takes it all, vers hardly any x

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Re: 6.75months too young to move to 3 bottles?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2013, 03:37:08 am »
I think from 6+ months plus they go through so much, teething, development etc that they go through phases

Yes!  So many things change for them from 6 months to 2 yrs that it can be so tough with eating in general!