My son is just over 5 months old, and i have been giving him solids since he was 14 weeks old. He is still having 4-5 8oz bottles of milk a day. Should i carry on with giving him the bottles or start to cut out the ones that he has his meals with and give him juice?

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Niki-Dee - posted on 01/26/2009

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I agree you should not cut out the bottles, children should receive formula until they are atleast 1 year old. Rather then juice I would also try to give him water. I have a two year old so i have a little experience with it. I would try to stay away from the juice. Formula is his main source of nutrition right now.

Learnmore - posted on 01/26/2009

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My baby is now 18 months and he wont take any formulas. I Have stopped breast feeding im coz he wasn't taking th emilk anymore adn started giving juice and solid foods. Do you have any suggetions on how I can get him to take the formula

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2009

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your babys main sorce of nutrition should come from milk until the age of 6 months when solids is suppose to be introduced.

Juce is just suger he doesnt need, he should be having sips of cooled boiled water with any other solid food you give him to prevent constipation.

Emily - posted on 01/25/2009

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Stay away from the juice, especially at this early age.  It is full of sugar (even if it is 100% juice - it is all fruit sugars) that the baby doesn't need. Formula or breast milk will have the nutrients they need at this time.  When you do introduce juice (preferable after a year) then water it down so that it is half water and half juice.  If you feel like your baby needs something other than formula to drink during meals, try water. 

Angie - posted on 01/25/2009

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I agree that you should not cut out the formula.  The baby food, if you look at the label, does not have very many calories either.  Babies need the formula more than the solids at this point.  Until he is older most of his nutrients should come from formula.  When I started juice I mixed it in half water and gave it with meals.  I think I started around 10 - 11 months.  I know doctor suggest a year for milk and juice but I always cheat a little. 



He will let you know when the food fills him up completely.  He will drink less and less of the formula.  For now formula is best.

Pen - posted on 01/25/2009

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Thanks very much for leaving me a note,it seems a long time ago i was doing weaning as my daughter is now 4.

But thank you xx

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2009

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My pediatrician is pretty adamant, as I believe is the APA, that children shouldn't have juice before they are 1 as there is zero nutritional value in it.  Why would you give empty calories?  You child needs the nutrition of the formula you are giving him.  The formula nutrition is going to help brain synapse development and has the appropriate fats for cellular development.  Juice is pointless. 



On a personal note, my 4-year-old and 2-year-old get about a half a cup of juice a day and that's it.  It's mostly pointless.  My 5.5-month-old is just starting solids this weekend and will only get those at dinner time for another 2 months, then I'll add a breakfast time solid food.  Lunch will come around 11 months or so.  Juice won't happen in my house till probably 18 months or so.  Whole milk will start at about 14 months when the formula/bottles are tapered off.

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