How many bottles a day?

Kelina - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 11 months (although corrected age is 9 3/4 months) and he is still having 4 bottles a day (with 3 solid meals and a little snack in the arvo). One when we wake up, one mid morning , one mid afternoon and one right before bed. He's started not taking his mid morning or mid afternoon bottle well...he really fights me when I try to give it to him but I'm not sure whether it's because his gums are sore as he's teething or whether he's just way overtired and needs a sleep (as I know is sometimes the case). Because he was premmie he's still a little fella at just under 9kgs so I don''t know whether to take a bottle away just yet..what is everyone else doing?

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Angela - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter is 11 months has 3 bottles, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, bottles at waking time after lunch and bedtime, Pediatrician is ok with our schedule and so are we. Lately we have been swapping out lunch bottle with sippy cup and so far so good.

Francesca - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter is 11 months old & she has three solid feeds & three milk feeds a day. On average she drinks around 18oz of formula milk a day, but is offered 22oz incase she wants it. At 8:30am I give her breakfast. I make up 6oz of milk which some of it I use to make up her breakfast, whether it be porridge or weetabix. After she's eaten, she drinks the rest of the milk from a beaker. 11am she'll sleep for about 40mins-an hour. At 12 noon, she has lunch which usually she feeds herself as it will consist of finger foods i.e sandwiches, fruit etc. At 3pm she'll have 7oz of milk in a beaker. 6pm is dinnertime followed by dessert. 8pm is bathtime followed by storytime. 8:30pm Ofelia will drink 9oz of milk from a bottle before bed. We only give Ofelia a bottle before bed, during the day she'll drink her other two milk feeds from a beaker & throughout the day she is offered cooled boiled water which she'll drink from a sippy water. She's offered water during lunch and dinner and after any physical activities, especially when she's had a good crawl about. I used to be concerned when she didn't drink all her milk, but she makes up for it by having a good appetite. She has a well balanced diet & is gaining weight accordingly.

Koreena - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son is 51 weeks, and has one bottle a day, he's on sippy cups of milk with his meals and snacks and has juice and water in sippy cups through out the day. He's totally healthy and fine. My daughter on the other hand was 6 months and off of the bottle, on sippy cups only. She's now 4 and I have no problem with her, I think as long as ur children are getting the milk, eating properly and having enough fluids they should be ok . :)

Anita - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter will be One April 4th. She has been drinking from a sippy and eating table food since she was 8mos. BUT, she still has up to 6 or 7 bottles a day. 8oz each time. Sometimes two at a time. She's very tall for her age and eats well, she's not a really chunky baby but in the 96 percentile for her height. She will cry for a bottle only at nap times and bed time. When she teeths she seems to want more.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2010

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At this age it is perfectly normal for your son's appetite to decrease. My son's did as well. The pediatrician said it is normal and not to worry. Just give your son a bottle when he is hungry and he will be fine. Babies take in what they need when they need it. There is no need to force anything on him. It is also normal for his appetite to decrease when he is teething. Definitely don't stop giving him bottles, but be understanding when he is going through those phases that decrease his appetite.

Roselle - posted on 03/28/2010

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My Sophie drinks an average of 40oz(1200ml) a day, this has been like this for the past 2 mos now. She's is not a big eater so we still maintain her milk intake to that amount. She was a premie and low birth weight, 35 weeker and 1.8kg(3.9lb) at birth so im really particular on how much milk she take daily, but i wish she will soon have an appetite for real food...

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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I reckon you should allow your son as many bottles as he likes. If he eating correctly then he will indicate to you what he wants... u know your son best, so let him control the situation. My daughter loves her 3-4 bottles.. at day care if she doesn't have her bottles then she makes up for it at night... she can have up to 2-3 180ml bottles at night., all the best :)

Dawn - posted on 03/26/2010

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my son will be 1 years old in 2 weeks. i mix formula in his cereal (2 oz, 2oz water, 2 oz whole milk). then mid-afternoon, he gets an 8 oz bottle and before bed he gets an 8 oz bottle.

Christina - posted on 03/24/2010

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my little guy takes 3 sometimes 4 but the first 2 are 6oz and the last is either 8-10oz

Louise - posted on 03/23/2010

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Whitney my son is the same with bottles. He prefers the food. As long as they're drinking water or juice they're fine. At this stage the milk is a drink as opposed to food so as long as they're drinking something it doesn't matter what.
I hold the belief that the bottles dissapear at 12 months if at all possible.

Trish - posted on 03/22/2010

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Until recently I was giving my 11mth old bub bottles of formula (300ml) 4/day. But I've just stopped her early morning one, 5.30ish & she is able to hold out til breakfast, which I use half a bottle on a wheat bix (cereal biscuit) mushed. She'll finish off the rest half hour or so later. So then a bottle half hour after lunch & then half hour after dinner. So now only 2.5 bottles, which doesn't seem to worry her, as she often doesn't finish it anyway. I really think it is more a comfort thing to get her to sleep mostly, I'll probably cut out her lunch bottle when she is 12mths & just have her night (dinner time) bottle before bed. My bub enjoys drinking water out of her spout cup, so she is getting plenty of fluids to keep her hydrated I think & plenty of nutrien with her 3 meals & snacks.

Lynda - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 11 months and still rather drink her milk than food (well baby food). If I give her table food then she is more interested in that but she is still drinking 3 bottles a day, as with all of her other 6 brothers and sisters. And I had 3 premmies and all of them were taking 3 bottles a day buy the age of 11 months(not corrected). So dont worry just let him drink his heart away remember his milk has more vitamins and stuff than the rest.

Whitney - posted on 03/21/2010

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wow, im not sure if im giving my girl enough now. she's got some rolls on her so im not too worried....and she's just about running now, so i know she's getting her excercise, but she only gets 2 8oz bottles a day and water and/or juice in a sippy cup throughout the day....and she LOVES any kind of food...usually 3 or 4 jar foods a day. But I have been also starting adding vitamin suppliments in her bottles....i hope this is good....o well, she's almost a year, then its off to whole milk anyway.

Diane - posted on 03/21/2010

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my son just turned 11 months & still has 3 8oz bottles of formula/milk & sometimes 1 bottle of diluted juice, although sometimes I give a bottle of kefired goat milk instead of juice. He has 3-4 meal times also.

Kelina - posted on 03/21/2010

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Thanks everyone for your help! I have now dropped him down to 3 bottles. Taken away his mid morning one in favour of a snack. He's doing a lot better with his bottles now. I've tried a few times to get him to have his milk out of a sipper but he just doesn't want to...he uses them for his water all the time but his milk he won't do yet..oh well, i'll keep trying and he'll do it when he's ready! Thanks again!

Sue - posted on 03/19/2010

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I had the same issue, he started fighting every bottle, other than first thing in the morning. Giving him a beaker did not improve matters either. I came to the conclusion he was naturally weaning himself off milk, in favour of food. Afterall, a lot of breastfed babies on onto two feeds a day by this age. I went down to just two 8oz bottles a day, also making sure that he had lots of yogurt and cheese in his diet, to compensate. I have since found that he's been draining both bottles no problem, and drinks a lot more water now, so he doesn't dehydrate.

Nancy - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son will be 11months on 4/23. He has been weaning himself off of his bottles...He usually has a 5-7 oz bottle in the morning when he first wakes up. For the rest of the day, though, it's a struggle to even get 1/2 and ounce into him. I have been resorting to mixing it into his cereal at mealtimes and combining the cereal with his solid foods...my pediatrician wants him to have a minimum of 16oz. a day. I don't know how I'm going to get that into him, but I'll continue to offer it to him as per usual. I think I've tried every sippy cup under the sun. He's only interested in chewing on the spout!

Lynn - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daughter takes 4 6oz bottles a day. One in the morning, one mid morning, one late afternoon, and last one an hour or so before she goes to bed. My daughter is on a sippy cup too with water and a little juice in it. I don't see their being a problem with her still being on a bottle. I will be taking the bottle away by a year though. She will be 11 months on the 23rd and have already started to wean her away from formula. I started mixing a little milk in her bottle along with the formula so she start to get the taste of it. My other daughter I did the same thing with the formula and taking the bottle away at 12 months.

Ashley - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son has about 5 4oz bottles a day. He doesn't drink much from a sippy cup, so I hate to take the bottle from him, although I am ready to. I agree with Danielle, it is okay for them to be on the bottle after one. My first daughter had hers till she was 18 months and my other was almost 2. It is all up to how the mother wants to handle taking it away and how the baby handles you taking it. It takes time, for now I will give my son a bottle when he wants it till he shows signs of not wanting it. I am sure when the weather gets warmer and we are playing more outside he want have time for a bottle.

Danielle - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son also has four bottles a day. One in the morning when he wakes up, one after breakfast, one after lunch, and one after dinner. They are 8oz bottles and from what I've read there's no cause for concern in the amount of whole milk he's taking in. I still give him his bottles on demand but I have begun offering him sippy cups every day in hopes that one day soon he'll actually try to use them. I won't force the sippy's because I don't want him to hate them! Also, I'd like to say I completely disagree with the above post. There is no rush to at this point to turn your baby straight over to sippy cups. While some parents have it lucky and are able to transition their babies from the bottle to the sippy cups at an early age it is not at all abnormal for a baby to still be drinking from bottles until well after their 1st birthday.

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one, I think he should be off the bottle and on to sippy cups. we put the bottles away when she was 7months old.



two, I think the amount of formula/how long a baby stays on formula is something is decided between the baby+the parents+the peditrician. my daughter had ZERO interest in solid foods until she was 10months old. so I have a feeling we're going to be on formula a little past the 12month mark just to make sure she's getting all the nutrients she needs each day.



as of right this is how our schedule looks:



wakeup @ 730am: 6-8oz of formula from a sippy cup

breakfast @ 830am

snack @ 10am with 4oz of formula in a sippy cup followed by nap

lunch @ 1pm

naptime @ 2pm with a 4-8oz bottle before the nap

snack with juice/water mix @ 3:30pm: she usually drinks 2oz

dinner @ 5:30pm

bedtime with a 4-6oz bottle of formula



she gets about 20-24 oz of formula a day. just not all at once. she's always been a snack eater cause I fed on demand.

Denise - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have just managed to get my daughter down to three bottles over the last two weeks and she is 11 months. I make sure I give her, her solids first then an hour later give her a bottle. If he isn't taking that bottle in the afternoon, rearrange the other three, make them five hourly if you can and try solids before a bottle. Good luck.

Julia - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son just turned 11 months and he's been off all the bottles except the bedtime one for over a month now. I give him cold formula in a cup twice a day (once for breakfast and once for lunch- 8 oz each time), so he is still getting 24 oz of formula a day at least. Some days he has another cup at some point or just more after he finishes his formula at a meal. If your son drinks from a cup already then it should be easy to just switch the formula into a cup rather than a bottle. Also, then he will already be used to drinking from a cup so it will be a lot easier when you switch to milk. Hope this helps!

Louise - posted on 03/10/2010

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My little man is 10 1/2 months and he has one bottle mid morning and one going to bed. I have weaned him off them slowly substituting bottles with food and juice or water. He now has breakfast in the morning at about 8. he wakes at 6:30 but will never eat or drink a bottle before 8 (took lots of arguments to figure that). He has a bottle at 10 before his nap. Lunch at 12:30. A snack at 3:30 and dinner at 6. Then a bottle going to bed at 7:30. I used to do feed on demand and that has kind of carried forward. He tends to look at these times so thats when he gets it. At 12 months i'll get rid of the morning bottle and replace it with a snack and will give him a beaker at bedtime instead of bottle. I did this for my first and it worked a charm. he never even missed the bottle but if i had left him with it till he was older i reckoned it'd be harder to take it away. At this stage milk is more a drink than food and it some of the bottles are taken away its fine as long as the baby is still drinking other liquids.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/10/2010

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My twin boys have 4 bottles a day as well. They usually drink 4-5 oz except for their last bottle which is usually 5-6 oz. They get 3 meals and snacks. I plan on talking to their doctor about weaning at their 12 month well-check visit. They'll be 1 on the 10th and their appointment is the following week.

Alana - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son has three 200ml bottles a day now and 3 solid meals, but lately has not been wanting to drink all his milk either. Im going to continue to offer the recommended 600ml of milk a day until he is one year old though. He gets plenty of nutrients from his food and drinks enough fluids so im not too worried.

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