My 5 year old still likes formula milk (2 bottles a day) - eats fairly OK (not 5 a day fruit and veg) I'm not bothered 'cause he's getting his nutrients but wondered if your child still has formula milk in their diet when they should be drinking ''normal'' milk?

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I think if your son would beat up another child for any reason.... that's a bigger issue than a bottle at 5.

I do not agree w/ a bottle at 5 unless there are extreme developmental delays as a reason for this. A normally eating 5 year old does not need formula and it may be too many calories causing him to not eat his foods which are more important. Other than that... I don't see a HUGE deal w/ him still having some formula.... except that it costs a lot more than 'normal' milk... which a 5 year old doesn't actually need (though I personally see nothing wrong w/ it) as long as he is getting those needed nutrients from other sources.

Stifler's - posted on 10/02/2011

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Just throw the bottles away. 5 is old enough to understand that they don't need it anymore.

Cynthia - posted on 10/02/2011

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That would be me! it was a little mean and i am sorry. i was actually meant to be funny but it hard to read tones, my son would not beat anyone up just trying to make a point... and i think i failed.

Jennifer - posted on 10/02/2011

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maybe switch him over t opediasure or some other "older kid" version of formula and slowly work in more real foods. does he have sensory issues? sometimes kids have trouble with various textures of food and can benefit from food therapy

Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2011

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i had another thought, maybe transition him to a sippy cup (most of those are just basically bottles anyway! lol!) and then once hes used to that, change the formula to milk, nutmilk, etc....

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Tonya - posted on 10/03/2011

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Hi Tracy.....in my opinion, I think that you should probably try to find something else to sooth your son. Maybe a special blanket or stuffed animal. It does seem a little outrageous that he would still be taking bottles right now at his age. Part of that is you need to allow him to mature and teach him it's ok to be a big boy. I nursed all my children, so sometimes when I see a 2 year old drinking a bottle I get a little disgusted because of the laziness that parent's have about the issue. The most important thing though, is what you and your pediatrician think, but just remember that the longer he uses bottles, especially at night, the greater chance of tooth rot and developmental delays. Growth wise, be should not be on a bottle or drinking formula unless your pediatrician has otherwise directed you to.

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Well, the biological norm for a child to wean from the breast is between ages 2-7. So among families who follow child-led weaning, there are some children who still breastfeed at age 5 by their own choice. (Though I would think the majority wean themselves between 2 and 3.)

Not much different than a 5yo with a bottle of formula, but for some reason that sounds a lot more unnatural to me.

Tracy - posted on 10/01/2011

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My son has a bottle last thing at night to sooth him (actually NOT every night and sometimes in the morning) so his friends/others do not know about it. Yes there is the added expense but hey ho - he'll grow out of it ONE DAY! Thanks for your comments anyway!

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If your son is a normally developing, healthy 5yo, there is no way he needs either formula or a bottle. For one thing, formula is expensive! Think how much money you would save by switching him to regular milk. Secondly, two bottles of formula WILL be effecting his appetite and nutritional intake from foods.

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My kids have been off by 12mo's and off the bottle by 11mo's. I couldn't dream of giving my 5 yr old still baby formula, but that is us. I don't see the formula as much of a problem as I do the bottle. That horrifies me.

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holy crap.alot of kids i know are off the formula by 1...definetly ween him off!

Cynthia - posted on 10/01/2011

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lol no my boy would not beat him up but he would ask me why is that kid drinking a bottle and he might call him a baby. but my point was that socially it would be weird

Cynthia - posted on 10/01/2011

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i see a few things wrong with this, the biggest one being a 5 year old with a bottle. just wow! the other is that you say he gets everything he needs from the formula and maybe hat is true but what he is missing is eating foods. 2 bottles a day is a lot of formula not leaving much room in his belly for food. and if he is taking the bottles and talking the food then the question is is he getting too much? i don't like it but i guess it wont hurt him. but my 6 year old would probable beat him up if he saw his bottle. this is my opinion

Elfrieda - posted on 10/01/2011

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That's really old for a bottle. Maybe you should switch to a cup, if for no other reason than that he doesn't need to be teased at school.



I don't think it's bad for him, though, if it's only a couple of ounces a day. It's more like a milkshake, because there are a LOT of calories in formula, just to help babies grow well.



It must be expensive for you! I switched my son (he'll be 2 at Christmas) from formula to whole milk from age 12-14 months, and then I took him off bottles altogether. It was easier on the wallet, that's for sure!



As for "normal" milk, my husband and I drink 2%, and the doctor said that our son should drink whole milk at least until he's two years old, and then he can drink the same milk as us.



edited to add:

Oh, I think I might have misunderstood the question. Sorry, ignore me if that's the case.

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