help please my daughter is 6 months and isnt drinking her milk very well

Kathy - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my daughter has been drinking 3 8oz bottles and having 1 jar of solid and half a jar of fruit since she was 4 and a half months, but lately she only drinks a few ounces then pushes the bottle away, but will quite happily eat solids instead i.e porridge mixed with remainder of milk, this is my first baby and i havent a clue if this is normal behaiver or what i should do about it, today she had 5oz this morning then a jar of food and half jar of fruit at dinner and i managed to get her 2 drink 8oz before bed, im worried she wont get enough milk, or weather this may mean she is getting bored of milk and would like more solids how much milk should she be having, any help would be much appreciated

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Aj-fmcosmetics - posted on 06/01/2011

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Being 6months i really wouldnt worry. If she is eating solids happily then just let her do what she wants. Keep offering her milk but if she is eating well and on a small amount of juice than she will be fine. If your really worried talk to ur HV, hope this helps xx

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Krista - posted on 06/02/2011

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She's probably so fascinated and excited with the solids that she has no patience for milk anymore. This may be time to introduce a sippy cup, as it might be enough of a novelty to get her interested in milk again. It's important that she continues to get fluids, as dehydration can be very dangerous. Yogurt is a good idea, as is fruit, due to its high water content.

September - posted on 06/02/2011

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It's not only calcium that's important in the milk it's the healthy fats as well. Just be sure to offer things like avocados, olives, tofu and sauté her veggies in olive oil. There are others as well once she gets older if she's still not big on milk. I would also, in addition to the healthy fats offer dairy daily, in small amounts to meet her calcium needs as well.

Christy - posted on 06/02/2011

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Now is a great time to offer a sippy cup! She may be excited about something new with new flavors in it. Just stay away from sugars. I don't think you need to worry about how much she's drinking. Offer her a drink from her new sippy cup between meal times, maybe when you're getting a drink.

I found with my little ones that between growth spurts they didn't drink nearly as much milk. Then they'd start growing and they wouldn't stop drinking milk.

Mel - posted on 06/01/2011

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make sure she's having yogurt or cheese as well for calcium. I give my 10 month old 1 yogurt a day at least and add some cheese in with her lunch

Mel - posted on 06/01/2011

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what Amy said - shes eating solids thats great. Make sure you offer some water as well if shes not drinking that much milk. Most 6 month old have about 3-4 bottles a day but that depends how much solids so less is fine for your daughter. Try and keep her on 3 meals a day if shes been eating since 4 months or at least 2 meals

Amber - posted on 06/01/2011

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no worries, its not the milk that is an issue its the calcium they need, just put it places she wont know just like your doing. dont worry to much. you could also try and trick her try different milks (almond, hemp, chocolate, strawberry)

Chris - posted on 06/01/2011

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I have been having the same problem, don't worry really about how much milk she has according to my pediatrician just make sure she has dairy products (cheese and yogurt and such) watch to see how she handles it and go slow. See if she'll drink water or juice and juicy fruit. Good luck, god bless and try no to worry to much above all mommy knows best (even if it is your first :)

September - posted on 06/01/2011

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That's actually pretty common once solids are introduced. Our son was the same way in fact once he turned 8 months he would hardly drink his milk at all. I was just sure to offer healthy well rounded meals. If you're super concerned I would talk to her pediatrician. Good luck! :)

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