For a one year old baby,how often do you give your baby milk formula?
Sara - posted on 01/07/2010
I am in New Zealand so i don't know measurements is oz sorry. But over here, all the information I have had as a mum and an early childhood teacher is that a healthy one year old should be on 2-3 bottles a day and recieving a minimum of 400mls (up to about 600mls). Food is most important and should be offered first.
My son (was 1 on dec 13) has breakfast and then 150mls of milk (I use follow-on powdered formula for babies over 1 at the moment, but you can use full fat cows milk), before his morning sleep. He has lunch and usually has another 150ml bottle before or after his afternoon nap. He will have alittle snack when he wakes then dinner in the evening. Before bed I offer him 200mls, mostly he doesn't finsh it all now and some times won't have it at all if his second bottle was later in the afternoon. He drinks water through the day in a sipper or straw cup. All the children his age at the under 2 child care centre that I work part time at, are also on 2-3 bottles a day.
Hope this helps. xx
Samantha - posted on 01/06/2010
I have learnt that you are better off giving older babies their bottle after their food so that they dont fill up on milk as it is now just a top-up on their solid meals. A normal baby should have around 3 - 4 bottles around 200-250ml a day so it sounds as if you are doing things right. My girl is a very picky eater and sometimes wont eat her dinner or lunch but will always make up for it at the next meal
When a baby is a year old they either need whole milk or a step-up formula that is formulated for older babies. The amount of milk your baby is getting sounds like it is enough. But sometimes they just get full on milk and won't eat much food. That is what happened with my daughter. I thought she was a picky eater until I weaned her from the bottle. She was drinking 5 bottles a day which is way too much. Now that she gets her milk in a sippy cup she eats much better.
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