how much milk/formula is your one year old drinking and when?
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I gradually switched my son to whole milk the week of his birthday. My doc also said between 16 and 24 oz. of milk a day is sufficient as long as your child is still eating enough food with the milk. He was doing 8oz bottles of formula so I just started with 2oz. milk and 6 formula and each day I reduced the amount of formula until he was drining just milk. I then switched him to the sippy cup (which we'd been using for juice and water since about 7 months old). He never missed the bottle and LOVES his milk. He gets about 8oz of milk at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have found that he likes it to be warmed up just a bit to knock the chill off of it. Good luck!
Sharon - posted on 11/04/2008
Benji hates whole milk. He drinks 16-20 ounces of formula from a bottle morning, eve, adn bedtime. He drinks nicely out of a sippy cup (especially water) but doesn't like it when I put formula in the cup. I would stop with the bottles and formula altogether, and I am sure he wouldn't notice but I know he needs his milk. What to do?
User - posted on 11/04/2008
Doctors here are saying no more than 2 bottles of milk a day...that includes all dairy which is tough to do. I offer about 3-4 oz of milk per meal and at some snacks, otherwise it is water when not eating. My son was getting about 4 bottles a day and in less than a month we dropped to one bottle or no bottle a day and just feeding in the cup. From what I read and was told milk with meals and water in between to quench thirst. I just read that the recommendation is no juice until they are 4 or 5 years old. To get off of the formula we did what others mentioned, just start going half and half and if you still have to warm it that is fine, slowly over a week you will be off formula and just on whole milk as long as your baby is gettign a wide variety of foods I was told formula is not needed This can happen as early as 9 months.
Julie - posted on 11/03/2008
Ellie did not have an issue switching to whole milk from formula. She also gave up the bottle pretty easy which tells me she was just ready. I switched her to sippy cups and straw cups at about 10 months except for her bed time bottle and then right at a year she started playing with the nipple instead of drinking so then I just switched over to the cup permantly. Maybe try the Nuby cups with the really soft silicon spouts as a transition.
Jamie - posted on 11/03/2008
I am having trouble switching my 1 year old to whole milk. She doesn't like it so I have to give her about 2-4 ounces of formula mixed in with the milk. And she still drinks it out of a bottle at bedtime. Any advice would be great!
Julie - posted on 11/03/2008
Ellie drinks about 18 oz of whole milk a day which is what our pediatrician recommended. She gets a cup when she wakes up, then one mid day usually before her nap and then one before she goes to bed. She drinks water any time in between. I tried giving it to her at meals but she won't eat her food if she drinks the milk so that is why I give it to her at off times.
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