How many bottles does your baby get a day?

Kayla - posted on 05/08/2010 ( 114 moms have responded )

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Hi, I was just wondering how many bottles of milk your baby still gets in a day? My daughter is 13 1/2 months old and I still give her a 6oz bottle of homogenized milk around 9:00am, a 6-8oz bottle of homogenized milk around 1:30-2:00pm and an 8 oz bottle of homogenized milk just before bed around 7:30 or so. I was just wondering how many bottles your baby had around this age. Should I cut a bottle out or is she fine. She does drink plenty of water and the occasional apple juice also, but in a sippy cup. Just wondering when you cut down the bottles and maybe even when you stopped the bottles completely?



Thank you for your help!

Kayla

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Heather - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter, 13 1/2 months old, drinks 3 bottles a day, one with her breakfast (6 oz, cereal then drinks the rest of the bottle) one at nap time (6 oz) and one at bedtime (8oz). She is still on the Similac Go and Grow formula, has some issues with cows milk so far giving her rashes...we are still gradually giving it to her.

Vanessa - posted on 05/09/2010

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my 13 month old is on 3 bottles a day. 8am, 4:30pm ant 7:30pm.
my nurse told me to stop the bottle before 18 months old.

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Ruanca - posted on 10/21/2013

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Hi, my lil one is 18 months old, I took away the NAN formula milk and I gave her the NIDO formula(its a growing up milk from 1 year onwards. She gets only 2 bottles a day. 1 after her cereal (breakfast) and then at night after her meal at around 8pm. Should I give her an extra bottle in the afternoons? because since i took away the Nan she's really difficult at night, so i don't know if she can be hungry? I told my nanny to start giving her 3 bottles a day,

Tiffany - posted on 05/29/2010

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My daughter will b 15 months on the 12th, and she gets 6oz of milk in the morning (usually in a bottle but occasionally in a cup), 6 oz in a bottle at 1:30 at nap time, and 4 oz at 7:15 for bed. My son had a bottle until he was about 2. I broke him just before my daughter was born.

Katie - posted on 05/26/2010

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just be sure that anything, bottle, sippy cup etc is not carried around all day with anything other than water in it, doesnt matter if it is a sippy, a cup or a bottle, anything that has a sugary liquid, powerade, juice, milk, formula that is sipped causes baby bottle tooth decay. straws dont help either. still the constant bathing of the teeth in sugary liquids is not good. i was told 2-3 8 oz searvngs at a year of milk was all that was needed and the rest should be water by my ped. those bottles or sippys or anything should be at a sit down occasion where the child is encouraged to drink it all. one other thing to note, is that pacifiers and bottles create a lot of suction, enough to move teeth. there is more force consitatantly for more time than with braces and that should be noted that bottles carried around in the mouth or sippies or pacifiers will all change the positioning of teeth oh and the thumb. good luck.
-dentally concerned

Julie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I do sip cups around those times also. Not so much bottles anymore because I've heard they are bad for teeth. But if your child is happy drinking the amount that you give keep doing it.

Katie - posted on 05/24/2010

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sounds right. dilute the juice and make sure anything with sugar is in one sitting not in a sippy that is available all day, or that the bottle is in bed with her or that she carries it around. water only for the carry cup. otherwise cavities will be soon to follow her around (this is statistically too true) - and i have seen pleanty of it. kids dont NEED bottles after about a year becasue they develope the skills to drink out of a sippy cup or cup or straw. some kids take longer, my boys are 15 mo and just last week mastered the sippy, but i am BFing and so i have not pushed it. however, any liquid that is frequented is likely to give cavities, just as is sugary foods. this is also a big cause of childhood obesity- juice, soda, gatorade etc. your child is far better with the real thing, fruit and water. i use juice for the extra technical serving of fruit a day in their cereal in the morning. if you do juice water it down. they dont know the difference and it will teach them to desire less sugary things. ALSO all babies need their teeth brushed every night for sure. this is easiest to accomplish by laying them on the changing table and just using a tiny toddler brush. hint: use the brush to tickle them and they are sure to open even the most stubborn of kids. i know i had one and that same one had cavities. dont feel bad, i am a hygienist and i struggled with her for 2 years. but be consistant. this changing table thing is the easiest. also, use a little $6 spin brush, it vibrates and tickles and does a great job of tickling the chest etc when you tickle them to get them to open. try it, it works i promise. good luck.

Katie - posted on 05/24/2010

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we watered down kaylas milk and this decreased her interest, but finally we just had to let it go. i had her broken, but when with dad he gave it to her all the time, he couldnt hear her cry. after a week each night gettting shorter cry,...then she stopped. never put a baby to bed with a bottle. the other opt is to give a sip with milk, while holding and reading, the kids love the attention and you wrap two things into one. then brush teeth quick and into bed! that was eventually what we did to still give her the milk she needed to sleep thru the night, but not give the bottle. but it took a week of crying to get her to be thankful for the sip. we did, sip and read and brush for a year. great bonding time. then growing up more...now there is a sip of water on the edge of the crib. the earlier off the bottle the better as kids have the tendancy to sip or just constantly drip it into their mouths. it is bad for cavities. any child over about a year should get into the habit of brushing their teeth nightly.
katie RDH

Leeann - posted on 05/24/2010

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My baby is 14 months and she only drinks 3 bottles a day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon and then one for bedtime.. I only give her maybe 6 ounces, just because sometimes she jus doesnt finish it and i jus wasted 3 ounces lol.. And when i give her juice in a sippy she doesnt quite drink it. I dont know if its because everytime i give her juice i put more water than juice. Its been very hard to ween her off the bottle. As hard as i try i just cant do it..??

Angela - posted on 05/24/2010

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Since your baby is already taking a sippy cup I would try to completely take away the bottle. Sounds like a great amount of fluids but I would put it in her cup

Sara - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son doesn't have a bottle anymore. I cut them out about 2 weeks after his first birthday, and found it easy as he was only having a bottle before he went to bed. He still gets his milk, it's just in a cup instead of a bottle. He also gets lots of water in between.

I have heard that they should be cut out at around 1 too. Although that hasn't always been the case.

Natalie - posted on 05/23/2010

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So less than a week ago I replied that my son was still having two bottles (one before bed and one on the morning). And as of the last three nights he is off all bottles. All I did was change up his bedtime routine. We watch his nighttime movie, then bathtime, brush his teeth and then instead of his bottle to put him to sleep I read to him and give him his pacifier. So changing up his routine and reading to him in the chair I used to feed him in has done it. I also just give him the sippy cup in the morning before breakfast. And this morning he slept all the way through 845am. Thank God for Sundays! Hopefully that helps!

Stephanie - posted on 05/23/2010

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My doctor told me to only to give my daughter 12-16 oz a day at the most, and i like to have my kids off the bottle completely by 18 months old.

Chalsea - posted on 05/22/2010

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My son is 14months an he still drinks everything out of bottles an he drinks 10oz bottles whenever he wants them i just dont give him milk after i brush his teeth b4 bed he gets water! An i dont tell his Dr. because i feel my son is not ready yet! You do what you feel is right as her mother you and only you can decide whats best for your child!

Karina - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi, my son is 14 months now and he is on 2 bottles a day. I let him tell me really. He started to not want his 3rd bottle, so i just gave it up the next day and he hasn't missed it at all

Mikaylah - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi Kayla.
My Daughter is nearly 14mnths old and she has only been on 2 bottle since she was at least 9 months old she just wouldnt drink the second bottle during the day so i cut that one out so she has one when she wakes up before her breakfast and then she has one at 7:30pm just before she goes to bed..
as long as you are not allowing her to go to bed with her bottles there is no problem with how many she has a day it is giving her the clacium she needs and if you dont see any problems with her development then there is no issue...I just give my daughter sippy cups during the day and she carrys them around with her and has a drink when she feels she needs one..
im sure she will be fine and she will give up the bottle in her own time.....

as for meagan the mother giving her child the mixture of water and powerade that is deffinantly not okay. powerade is and energy drink and is reccomended for sportsmen and active people not for toddlers it can dehidrate them and make there little bellys sicks i suggest you stop doing that right away before you make your child very sick at this young age...

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2010

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We went cold turkey the day after my daughter's 1 year check up. She even switched to milk right away as well. She didn't even care or miss her bottles. Before that she was having 4 a day.

Aesha - posted on 05/22/2010

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My baby gets one at night. Just to make sure she is full enough after her meal to sleep all night. She takes the cup also, so I dont think she will notice when I completely take it away.

Jen - posted on 05/22/2010

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Haylee weaned herself from the bottle a few weeks before her first birthday! She was no longer interested in the formula and switched from formula to whole milk and sippy cup same time.

Katja Casey - posted on 05/21/2010

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My lil guy is almost 14 month old and he has been off the bottle since Easter weekend! He drinks water and milk thru a sippy cup that has a straw on it and he does really good with them. We had him down to 1 bottle at night but I wanted him to learn to go to sleep without having to rely on the bottle, so we stopped cold turkey and he has never cried for it or anything. I do not like to see people that still have their 3 year olds running around with a bottle. I think the younger you stop the better!

Liza - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son is now 14 months, he is my 3rd. he is just now off bottles. but all of my kids have been off the bottle since 18 months old. you should start replacing "milk bottles" during the day with "milk cups", or thats what i did any way. i took my kids to the store and let them pick out a set of cups to be "milk cups", and that is what they got only milk in. then after a couple of months of no bottles at all, i tried other cups.

Tracy - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son is 14 months and I am giving him 1 bottle at night which we will be stopping in the next week. Stopped his day bottles about a month ago...he drinks water from a cup with a straw but I am not having much luck getting him to drink milk from a cup. The doctor told me that it was natural for kids to stop drinking milk for a bit once the bottle is taken away.

Rebecca - posted on 05/21/2010

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A week before my daughters 1st birthday I took her off the bottle completely. She was able to use a straw at that point so I gave her a sippy that has straw and that was that. She never even cried for it. I was told by my daughters ped that they only need 12oz of milk per day, and lots of water. If you are gonna give juice make sure you brush her teeth and gum's really well because of the sugars. The bottle can cause teeth problems too. If she is willing to do a cup, do that instead! Good Luck. Find a cup that she really likes and you should be good to go!

Melanie - posted on 05/21/2010

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She gets about 3-4 throughout the entire day. She eats regular meals now & gets water or juice. She's cut way down on the bottle unless she's having a tough day. She's in the middle of swtiching to sippy cup, her teething has been a big issue so, it's been harder to swtich.
My other kids gave up the bolttle just about this time as well, they all do it on their own,

Samantha - posted on 05/21/2010

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the only time my son uses a bottle is when he wakes up in the middle of the night. other then that he uses his sippy cup. but his sippy cup has a silicone nipple, so i dont thinkhe really notices the differece..

Shelly - posted on 05/20/2010

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have you tried the nuby cup it has 3 different tops to gradually ween babies off the bottle. my daughter was taken off the bottle at 10mths. i introduced her to the nuby cup at around 6mths at my peds suggestion. she is still drinking 28ozs a day. try the nuby. GOOD LUCK

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Our 14 month old son only gets one bottle a day now just before bed. Our doctor said that we should try to stop the bottles all together because the longer we give them to him the harder it is going to be to stop.

Sophie - posted on 05/20/2010

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My doctor old me that i should give her two bottles a day, but i'm still a bit lost, i'm doing as i use to do when breastfeeding, on demand, i give her what she's asking for, as long as she's healthy and happy, but at the same ttime try to introduce more solids so she would eventually give up the bottle when she feels she's ready, that's what she done about the breastfeeding, one day by her self she decided that she's not gonna take it anymore, and no more breast since 10 days now.
I just noticed that the more yoou're relax with the feeding in general the better it works with her.
Good luck

Lyndsi - posted on 05/20/2010

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Sorry she is 14.5 months now, also my dr said in order to get her to drinkn less milk (which I'm talking about whole milk) to give her more solids. And so far it is working

Lyndsi - posted on 05/20/2010

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My daughter was off of bottles at 10.5 months. At her one yr dr appt I was told she only need 16 oz of milk a day, But I give her 3 8oz sippys a day. One after every meal :) It all depends on the child and you, If your really concered maybe speak with you MD :)

Shanan - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son is 14 1/2 months old and drinking the usual 3 (8 to 9 oz) bottles a day. He has just started rejecting that mid day bottle, but only once or twice a week. My experience with my oldest child was, this will increase until he no longer wants it. I didn't have to determine when to cut out that bottle, they let me know when they were ready.

Sincerely,
S Solomon

Lindsay L - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi, My David isn't on bottles anymore via our pediatrician.
He drinks from a sippy cup with a straw. He drinks whole milk about 3 sometimes 4 times a day. basically when ever he wants it.
We switch back and forth with water & sometimes juice.

Julieta - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi Kayla! Liam is yout daughter´s same age and drinks exactly the same same number of bottles and at those same hours during a day...so I think it´s ok.I would be worried if they weren´t drinking it ;) Jules.

Rebecca - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son is 13 1/2 months old he gets three bottle of milk a day. I have tried to give him milk in a sippy cup but he will not drink it. He drinks everything else in a sippy cup.

Molissa - posted on 05/19/2010

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you really shouldn't give your kid tea. I read it can lower their iron levels. I gave him a few sips here and there, and my doc said not to because it make him anemic. He's fine, his iron levels are above average, but I didn't give him very much before I found out. To the question about bottles. I heard if they don't take a pacifier, they are harder to get off the bottle. Mine only has a bottle when going to sleep if he fusses about it too much. I'm getting him to be able to go to bed without it so far though. He was only getting the bottle at bedtime for about a month before weaning him completely. I was told by my doc to stop at 12 months because of inner ear issues. He has alot of ear infections, so I'm having to stop. If you have trouble getting her to stop, just put warm water in it, and they will usually stop taking it because the "good stuff" isn't in it anymore.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2010

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my daughter is 14 months and she takes 3 bottles a day as well, she drinks tons of water throughout the day. I'd say yours is fine.

Renee - posted on 05/19/2010

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No bottles here. I am still breastfeeding about 3 times a day (the boy is 14 months old). He drinks is out of a sippy and sometimes out of little paper cups (so he can be like his big sis). I don't give him cows milk. He really likes almond milk. I've also tried Hemp milk and a whole grain milk from Trader Joes.

Ursula - posted on 05/19/2010

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Since my babies were 12m old the doctor suggested to get around 3-4 bottles a day. The usually take 3 bottles of 8oz. each together with their regular meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is still difficult for them to cut down the bottles; cause I'm sure that if I give them more; they will take more!

Mary - posted on 05/19/2010

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I took all bottles away from my little one a couple of weeks ago. (She's the same age as your daughter.)

Amanda - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter will be 14months on the 23rd. During the week she takes an 8oz bottle when she gets to daycare and depending on her mood she may take a 6oz bottle before bed. On the weekends we usually dont do but one bottle a day the rest of the time she drinks juice or water from a sippy cup. I am also thinking about dropping the bottle all together and doing just a sippy cup. Good luck.

Rachelle - posted on 05/19/2010

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My youngest is 14 months and she has been off the bottle a couple days before her 1st birthday. She loves her sippy cups, I have bought her a few different kinds. She can even drink out of straws already, has been since 7 or 8 months. All 4 of my kids were off right before or right after their 1st birthdays. BUT she is your baby and you know her better than anybody else so it's your call. Good luck!!

Kourtney - posted on 05/19/2010

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My little girl sees a nutritionist because she has other issues, and what she says is to make sure that the baby has 16 to 24 oz of milk per day. She told me that if it rises above 24 or drops below 16, to adjust her solids accordingly. Hope this helps! Oh yeah, sorry. The baby is 13 1/2 months!

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I am a paediatric nurse and a mum so I honestly think that all children are different and as a mum you normally know whats best for your child at the time. There's no written rules about these things but if your child is happy, healthy, well fed and loved, thats really all that matters and the rest will work it self out for you both when the timing is right :)

Bindi - posted on 05/18/2010

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My twins are on 2 bottle of around 170 to 200mls of whole milk a day. They have their breakfast which is 1.5 weetbix with milk then about an hour or bit over they have a bottle of milk. Then at night just before they go to bed they have 200mls of milk in a bottle. During the day they have their sippy cup of water and apple juice. They seem to like my pop top water bottles so am wondering if anyone else uses these with milk.

Rachel - posted on 05/18/2010

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I stopped the bottle except at bed time, its easier to give milk out of the bottle, but he hardly takes it from me. He drinks milk out of a sippy cup. From experience w/my daughter (whom now is 8). You need to get her off the bottle, its very hard to break her the older she gets. Give her the milk in the sippy cup, so it breaks her from wanting the bottle. Once she has that down, try introducing her to a straw, since the sippy cup esp. w/juice is bad for their teeth.

Sara - posted on 05/18/2010

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I stopped the bottle as soon as I put her on milk at a year. She drinks about 3 cups of milk a day from a sippy cup.

Sarah - posted on 05/18/2010

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My son is about the same age as your little one. He has only 1 bottle b4 bed but it's a full one prob 10oz. All his other milk comes through food like on his cereal which he has at least 6oz on his weetabix and eats a lot of yoguart and cheese. I was always tought that they should stop having bottles as a rule at age 1 ish. But every child is different so you have to work with what your child is telling you they want. My twins were off bottles completely by a week after their 1st birthday but my youngest son Won't sleep through the night unless he has that bottle b4 bed. We are in the process of trying to swap that last bottle to a cup but he is proving to be very fussy where they are concerned and will only take certain sorts and only with water, he realy doesn't like juice.
From what I also remember a child this age should be getting about a pint of milk a day (20fl oz) but that doesn't have to come purely from milk, it should idealy be a mixture of milk and milk products. Should always be full fat milk where possible due to the child needing the nutrients from full fat (blue top) milk.
Good luck and just try and set yourselves a reasonable goal like gona get her down to 1bottle in a few weeks. Don't push yourself to hard she will do it in her own time when she is ready.
Sarah

Lisa - posted on 05/17/2010

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When my girl was about 9 months she completely refused the 'nipple teat' on her bottles (she was mainly breastfed but had a bottle on daycare days), but I replaced them with 'sippycup like' spouts (Avent have a great range of spouts you can interchange as they get older). She is 14 months old in a few days and I have just cut out her afternoon milk drink, so she just has one in the morning, milk in her breakfast cereal and one at night. I think she would handle a normal sippy cup now just fine, but since she won't sit still to drink it, she would make a huge mess walking around the house with it - the one's she has now have an 'anti-leak' valve to keep spills to a minimum, but somehow she finds a way! At the moment she has close to 400ml milk each day, plus at least 200ml water. (sorry - Aussie here who doesn't get ounces!) I'm sure you're doing fine - just trust your instincts :)

Missy - posted on 05/17/2010

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my son is almost 14 months old, He only gets a bottle at bed time with hom. milk in it. this is the only time threw the day he gets hom. milk. he sometimes gets choc. milk with lunch or snack. he also has been drinkin from a sippy sence he was just a lil over 6 months old. soon the bottle at bed time will also we being but seeing as we only have 4 teeth at the moment im not so worried. but i was told that a child really only needs 8oz of milk a day. most days he has more tho, cause if he gets up threw the night i give him watered down milk to get in back to sleep. hope i helped.

Natalie - posted on 05/17/2010

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Dimitri is now 14 mos old and on whole milk. He loves drinking from his sippy cup during the day and we give him milk, water and apple juice. But in the morning and especially at night he wants a bottle. I plan on switching him completely by next month. Good luck!

Erica - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter never took a bottle - she's 14 months old (yesterday). But I quit nursing her 2 weeks ago. We were doing a morning feed and bedtime feed. I had to supplement those feeds with a sippy cup of milk - both around 4-5 ounces. Then I just give her water during the day. She's doing well with that!

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