Eleisha - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
So my mum became guardian of my (now) 8 month old nephew, 2.5 months ago. He has been formula fed since birth and I have a few questions (I have only expresses and bottle fed my 8 month old or BF, so I have no clue, and my mum can't remember with her children).
He currently has 3 small meals (maybe 2-3 tblsp/ meal - as he refuses anymore) and sometimes snacks on fruit in between. He currently has 4 bottles per day; 3 @180 mls and 1 @ 240 mls. I took him to the CHN today (I have him the 3 days/week that my mum works) and he gained 510 grams in 8 weeks and grew 5 cm. She told me we had to cut him down to 3 bottles by 9 months and 2 bottles by 10 months and 1 bottle by 12 months.
I am a little alarmed as his weight gain did NOT seem huge and he is not a HUGE baby. She said I need to increase his solids (which we have tried to do, but even when we only give him 3 bottles he still refuses to eat anymore). We have tried different ways (finger food etc) to give him the solids but with no luck.
Here is an example of his day:
5 am: Bottle (180) But usually has 120 - 150 (sleep til 6 am)
6 am: Wake
7 am: Breakfast - can be weetbix with fruit, semolina with fruit porridge with fruit and ALWAYS vegemite toast (this is his biggest meal)
9 am: Bottle (180) consumes around 150 ml sleep
11.30 am : Lunch eats maybe 2 table spoons
1.00 pm: Bottle (180) consumes arpund 150 ml sleep
4.30 pm: Dinner (veges and protein and sometimes pasta/rice eats maybe 3 tablespoons
5.30 pm: 240 ml Bottle (most of it) bed for night
He is offered a range of fruit, veges, proteins dairy etc etc.
My question is, how many bottles were/is your 8 month old on?,
do 4 bottles seem like too much?
how much are in each bottle?
and how can we increase his solid intake?