Baby refusing bottle

Kim - posted on 03/14/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old and just does not like her bottle. I don't think it's her forumla that she doesn't like just the whole liquid thing. She loves her solids and has since she started eating them. She eats everything we eat cut into small pieces. She will drink from a sippy cup, just not as much as she would from a bottle. I'm happy because at least I know taking it away wont be a problem but am wondering approx how many ounces of forumla she should be having a day? I know it is still very important for her to have and don't know if she is getting enough or if I should start offering less solids? I don't remember ever having this problem with my son.

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Kim - posted on 03/17/2011

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Thanks for the responses. I do always try and offer it before her solids and generally in a sippy cup if she refuses I will put it in a bottle and try that. She is still haveing wet diapers just not as wet as normal. Yesterday she only drank about 10 oz of formula and hardly any water but usually she does drink more than that. My mom keeps telling me to put her on cows milk but I refuse. I just think it's the whole she would rather solids than liquids thing.

Heather - posted on 03/15/2011

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I was pretty much gonna say the same thing as Louise My 9 month old only drinks 12-18 oz of formula a day. he has 3 formula feeds followed by his solids. He then gets a snack twice a day with juice. I offer my son 7 oz of formula at each feed and let him drink what he wants.(norm it 5-6 oz) at snack i give him 1 oz of juice with an oz of water mix. as long as you lil girls seems happy and has wet and soiled diapers id just let her tell you what she needs. Always offer the fomula/milk first. My son wont drink any formula if i give him solids first.

Louise - posted on 03/15/2011

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As long as your daughter is getting a varied diet which contains calcium then she does not need the formula milk. She does however need to take in enough fluid to help her break the food down and not be constipated. Try offering formula milk in a sippy cup before you feed her solids so that she is getting something. If your child is happy and growing then don't worry, one thing to look out for is that your child gets enough iron as formula milk is iron rich and at this age your child will not be taking in enough red meat or dark green vegetables to make up for the lack of iron in her body.

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