how many bottle feeds should my 9 month old be having a day?

Catherine - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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wake 6-7am b/fast 1 weat bix or oatmeal

8-9am bottle 150-240ml

9-10am nap

(if he wakes between 10:30-12pm, will give him 1-cheese sticks or 1/4 cup yoghurt)

11:30-1pm lunch either pasta, veg soup/meat, mixed boiled veg or chicken & veg rissoto (approx 1/2 cup or more)

2-3pm nap

4-5:30pm snack 1/2 avocado & 2 cheese sticks or 1/4 yoghurt

6-7pm dinner as per lunch

bath, bottle (150ml-200ml usually the lesser) book then sleep through the night

My concern is, I have researched on the net & most mums are still giving their 9 month olds at least 4-5 bottle feeds a day or at least double the mls? My son has been gaining weight steadily, but not sure if it is enough (1kg in the last month with the above schedule). Can someone pls help me with adv on whether I should reintroduce more feeds. i should also mention that my boy was a exclusively b/fed baby until 8 months then switched to formula & soon after dropped to 2 bottles a day based on a friends advise.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010

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my son is like this:

7 am wake - has a bottle

9 am - has breakfast

10 am - nap

Noon - veggies,meat and fruit

2 pm - small snack and bottle then nap

5 pm - supper

6 pm - bottle

8 pm - small snack

9 pm - bottle and bed and sleeps through the night(has since he was a month old)

I read in many articles and heard from people that between 6-12 months old your baby should be getting 22-32 oz of milk a day and aleast 3 meals a day.....the milk is the most important until a year old...two bottles a day is not enough......your baby should be having aleast 3 bottles a day if not more....between 22-32 oz all together in a day (so about 7 or 8 oz bottles

Pam - posted on 10/14/2010

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Here is our schedule,
wake up 7-8 am
8am 8oz formula
10am stage 2 fruit or veggie with rice cereal or oatmeal
1200 8oz formula
1215 330 nap
4pm 8oz formula
6pm stage 2 fruit or veggie with tastes of our food
8pm 8oz bottle
I am now going to try to fit another meal in there Once that is in place an steady I will start giving half the formulat at 8 12 4 and the other half with his meals and his full 8oz at night
Pam

Lauren - posted on 10/22/2010

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my daughter only hes 2-3 solid meals a day and 4-5 bottles. formula has lots of vitmins and things they need to grow healthy etc. I strongly recommend more bottles and less solids. start giving less bottles after 12months.

Alisha - posted on 10/24/2010

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my baby is only having one formula bottle a day which is her night feed she starts the day with
2 wheatbix
a yoghurt for a snack
sandwhich or a solid meal for lunch
fruit for snack or custard and
dinner veggies,pasta,meat etc
then her last bottle at bout 8pm
she is a little chubba bubba who is crawling around like crazy and on the verge of walking she is well fed and very healthy but each bub is different some take to solids faster then others while some babies need milk for longer to gain weight all nutritionist n midwives and books will tell u different things you just need to find what suits and agrees with you and your baby

Fiona - posted on 10/15/2010

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well im not sure.... my baby wakes up at 7am, drinks a 6oz bottle, as weetabix and toast at 9.30 then sleeps for an hour wakes up, as another 5oz bottle has lunchthen a 12 noon,veg meat and potatoes . je then goes to bed at 1 and sleeps till 3.. when he wakes up he will have a cheese snack and fruit.. a 5 oz bottle follows at 5pm with his dinner at 6.. he wont sleep untill bed time then at 9. he will drink a 6 oz bottle before he goes to bed, and sleep rite through until 8... is this enough solid and milk to give him?

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the reason babys still need bottles before a year old but after 6 month isnt anything to do with weight gain its to make sure there gettting enough iron in there diet and enough dairy, your routine sounds good to me hun as long as babies are having yogurt and cheese and plenty of veg they will be fine, my daughter has

7-8am bottle of formula we make 7oz bottles but she doesnt always drink 7oz
10am - breakfast wheatbix or porrage (with whole milk)
nap strait after until around 1pm
1pm lunch - sandwitches, fingerfood veg and fruit or a jar or pre packed baby food
3pm nap
5-6pm dinner whatever i cook for the family that night sometimes a bottle aswell before bed
then sleep right through :)

Khloe - posted on 11/01/2010

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Doctor told me no more than 24oz. & That they can have even less then that too & they'd be fine.

Charlotte - posted on 10/25/2010

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i can't believe how much solid food al these babies are eating! my nearly 9 month old still much prefers mummys milk, we do try her on solids..mainly because its funny the amount of mess she can get into with one bit of broccoli... bt she looks at me as though "why on earth would i want this rubbish!" slowly she's getting more interested! just wanted to show u an example of the other end of the spectrum! (and shes devloping brilliantly, well nourished and nearly walking!) if ur baby seems happy and is gain ing weight you are doing the right things, listen to ur instincts over anyone else!

Chantelle - posted on 10/22/2010

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my son is having a weight issue. he is only 10 percentile in weight but is very healthy.. his dr told us that he should still be getting AT LEAST 4 bottles in a day, more if wanted. usually we will feed him some food and then a bottle. and he does very good. until i think like a year old they are supposed to be getting at least 4 but i KNOW that right now they are supposed to be getting at least 4 in a day

Alex - posted on 10/20/2010

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my son always wants the bottle to i give him water instead and he takes it and if he wants milk i water down his feed sooo he isnt to full not to eat his food they say the health visters tht is tht they should be having 1 8 oz bottle a day x

Melissa - posted on 10/20/2010

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My 9 month old eats cereal and 8 oz bottle of formula at 8am, 4 oz jar of baby food and 8 oz cup of formula at 12:30pm, 4 oz jar of baby food and 8 oz cup of formula at 5:30pm, 8 oz bottle of formula at 10pm. So she gets about 32oz of formula a day -2 bottles and 2 cups because we want to not have a bottle when she 1 year. She also has two cups of juice during the day.

Christine - posted on 10/19/2010

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I woulnt worry at all, baby knows best. Not all babies are text book babies. I have 3 kids and not once did i follow a book. My son is 9 months old and has been on 3 meals a day with snacks and on full cream milk since he was 6 months old and he is thriving :o) keep doing what u are doing.

Cyndi - posted on 10/16/2010

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Everyone is going to tell you something different. If he's growing and your pediatrician isn't telling you otherwise then you are probably fine. Your baby will tell you if he needs anything more or less - they are good at that! My little fella has his formula with every meal and every snack - but it's a matter of how much he's had at the end of the day. I keep a log (and have since he was born) of how much food/formula/breast milk he takes each day. He's averaging about 28 oz a day plus his solids. BUT he's a 24 pound 9 month old too. Just a big baby. So that's why I say that it will vary from each baby and that you are probably perfectly fine.

Anna - posted on 10/16/2010

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It's not necessarily how many bottles, but how much milk---24-28 oz is considered average.

Remember, at nine months, babies don't get much nutrition from solids--milk should still be his primary source of nutrition until at least one year (and many say beyond that).

Stephanie - posted on 10/15/2010

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I am not really sure about this, my bub is also a breastfed bub but going onto formula. But I keep reading that they are supposed to get most nutrients from milk until about 12months. But that at 9months they should be having 3meals a day. And what I read says that if they are not drinking all their milk then to cut back on the food so they get all their milk. So at the moment with my girl she is having 3 breastfeeds (6am, 12pm and 6pm) and I offer her bottle of 120ml before her naps at 9am and 3pm and also before her last feed at 6pm because I am still trying to wean off the breast. The formula tin reccomends 3-4 bottles of 240ml per day plus food. And then she has little amounts of food in between. But you would really be better to ask your doctor or health nurse. I hope this is of some help to you! All babies and families are different and as long as bub is healthy and happy and sleeping well then thats all that matters!

Ashley - posted on 10/13/2010

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i was told by a nutrionist that babys at this age should only be having 3 bottles a and sometimes only 2 that she is 9 months as of the 2nd of oct and we need to introduce her to more solids and try to get her on the table foods more i do this but the one problem is she eats so slow when i do that a feeding will take like half hour fourty five mintues to get a suff. amount that i feel or she feels satified with i dont want to rush her to chew faster or whatever but that is the thing that discourages me from table foods. She is my third my only girl and my boys were great with the transition to solids but she likes just very picky and i am having a hard time figuring out what to feed her that is easy. Is anyone else jan baby picking up small foods with the pincer grasp you know between pointer and thumb like cheririo's or something like that Angelina doesnt do it yet so with breakfast when all else fails even baby food she loves cherrio's but like i said it takes forever to get her to eat enough it seems help me plz

Agnieszka - posted on 10/13/2010

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1kg in a month is more than the average by like 120% or so! stop worrying:) baby knows best.

Jordanna - posted on 10/12/2010

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I give my 9 mnth old a total of 24 ounces of formula a day. I give her an 8 ounce bottle when she first wakes up in the morning another 8 ounce bottle at 2pm and her last 8 ounce bottle right before bed. From what I've read I've heard that babies need between 24 to 36 ounces of formula a day until they start on regular whole milk. Which they can start any where between 9-12 months.

Anna - posted on 10/12/2010

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9 month olds typically need between 20-24 oz. of formula, based on what I've read in several baby books. My son gets 3 6 oz. bottles during the day, and a 4 oz. bedtime bottle, so he averages around 22 oz. How you split it up is up to you and your baby, based on your little one's preferences.

I don't know the mls. coversion... Sorry. :P

Melissa - posted on 10/11/2010

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I just took my little one to the pediatrician and her wic apointment and the dr and nuritionalist both said she should be eating three "meals" per day and at least 21oz of formula a day. she was at 16 oz a day so i started giving her 4 oz after her morning nap and waiting a little while for lunch and that seemed to work well.

Paula - posted on 10/11/2010

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The schedule I follow is from a book called Save our sleep. In it it's suggested that a 9 month old have 4 feeds a day. The first feed a full bottle at 7am followed by brekky at 8.
Bottle #2 at 11am, but a half bottle
Lunch at midday
3rd bottle at 3pm, but a half bottle too.
5pm dinner
6:30 last bottle, a full bottle
7pm sleep.

The reason they suggest to half feeds is to wean your child from milk so often so by the time they hit 12 months they can drop to 2 feeds per day.
I have heard that if your bub is getting enough nutrition they don't need the extra milk. It sounds like your bub is! He's sleeping through the night, gaining weight, so it sounds to me like what you're doing is fine!
I'm finding my little man is self weaning. I'm offering 4 bottles a day and he's often refusing at least 1 of them. So I think that by 9 months onwards they're transistioning. If you're worried it may be good to talk to your child health nurse or GP :)

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