Baby doesn't like his formula at 6 1/2 months

Tiffany - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is turn 7months next week he is 19pound at his last appt.they say your baby should drink 2.5oz for every pound which is 47 oz a day!wow mikey only eats about 24oz a day,he seems to like his night bottle but drinks less and less during the day.I can't cut back on his solids because I tried he just cry because he wants them and will refuse the bottle even more out of anger.Is 24oz enough?i want him to get what he needs to grow,and when should I which him to milk?

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Clare - posted on 09/28/2009

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Hello my baby boy is 24 weeks and weighs nearly 17lb I started weaning at 20 weeks and he now has 3 small meals a day and his formula he has drastically reduced the amount of milk he drinks but loves his solids, the advice I was given by doctor, health visitor and other mums I know was to add some formula into things like his cereal and mash potato things like that to add to his milk intake but they actually only need 21oz a day to get the nutrition they need from their formula milk and it does actually say this on the side of the formula packaging if your on follow on milk due to its content so I give my baby that divided over his bottles and a bit extra in food and he is perfectly healthy and following his curve. I thought it may be that he didnt like the formula but it seems he just likes his food and doesnt need as bigger milk intake. As others have said providing your baby is active and having enough wet and dirty nappies a day they will be fine. I was advised to stay off cows milk until 1 yr as they cannot digest it properly.



Hope this helps I got really stressed with getting my boy to take milk and yet he is having plenty who knows where they got 50oz when 21oz is enough. Clare

Laurie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Cow's milk before 1 year of age is NOT recommended! This is because it will cause irritation of the stomach, resulting in slight bleeding and loss of iron. It is also higly allergenic at that age, and does not contain the right balance of nutrients for human babies as breastmilk or breastmilk substitute (formula) does.

Natasha-Louise - posted on 09/28/2009

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Hi, My daughter was 6 months old at the weekend and weighs 17lbs, we had a similar thing a few weeks back, she practically refused the bottles and was only taking 2oz per feed, we were advised to wean her ASAP, she is still taking less milk. My health visitor said as long as she is still getting at least a pint of formula per day then that is enough, a Pint is 16oz, apparently fromage frais and cheese is included in this, but don't quote me on that. My daughter is on about 20 - 22oz per day plus 3 solid meals. Hope this helps.

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IMHO, milk is important to kids especially babies for the calcium intake for bone and teeth so do not stop feeding milk. Since your baby loves solid food so try to make food that can mix well with the formula. Somebody even suggested me to make homemade ice-cream with the formula, try it! And you may add 2 or 3 scoop of formula into the cereal / porridge / mashed banana / mashed potato and such. Baby loves new taste and I bet your baby is real smart at very young age for he has a very sharp taste bud which you should be happy about it.

Many people told me changing formula do not help much which might later cause diarrhea too, so you may forget about that. Indeed, spend more time on your menu and be creative. Happy motherhood (^_^)

Lucy - posted on 09/27/2009

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Wait until at least a year to switch to cows milk. Especially if your baby isn't getting quite as much as you would like, formula is much more nutrition dense than cows milk. By one year, your baby should have cut down to 24 oz. So I wouldn't worry about it unless he drops off further on the volume he is taking or if he stops gaining on his current growth curve. One of my friends added strawberry syrup (about one table spoon per 8 oz) to her son's milk when he had a similar problem and he was all about drinking it after that. Some moms may think that is a bad idea, but if your son is really not getting enough formula, that could help. My MD also recommended I always give a bottle before solid food meal rather than after. This way, the baby won't fill up on solids and not have any room left for the milk.



Good luck!!

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Kimmarie - posted on 09/30/2009

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You should stop formula after a year a keep on whole milk til two for brain development.I have three kids and that is what I did .

Ashley - posted on 09/29/2009

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I mixed my childrens formula with milk at 6 months old and took them off of formula at 8 months old. I dont think it would hurt to try to that for him.
Good luck.

Felecia - posted on 09/29/2009

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between 2 and 4 bottles a day is enough formula for your son to be getting sufficient calcium and iron. So 24 oz. is fine. after 1 year you could introduce cow's milk and you should keep your son on the formula ideally intil 2 years of age to ensure there is no iron or calcium defficiency.

Amanda - posted on 09/28/2009

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I'm kind of having the same problem! As long as his bowel movements are okay then his getting enough. but if he's having trouble, or its hard then he needs more formula!

Eliza - posted on 09/28/2009

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Your baby should be able to handle goat milk at any age... unless of course he's allergic.

Annette - posted on 09/28/2009

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Change different formula till your kids likes it. Take other formula back to the store and make up excuse why you return it open and say your kid is allgery to it or have bad gas reactions.



But first of all, all of the mom who comment on you. One of my friend ask her dr where she can buy breastmilk at and dr know where it is at and you can buy some breastmilk and it can be cost money but it might be worth it alot and maybe it help your kiddo feels more strength by having breastmilk. I did not know their store in my state that you can buy them since whoes mom still have left over milk by child is turned one and want stope breastmilk and they ofter to pump it and donated to store for all of the mom who need it.



on my next child I will do that by going to that store and get breastmilk for my kid till turn one then regular milk.



My first child, i end up dried up and couldnt breastmilk my daughter pass 7 weeks old since I had to go back to work since her father refuse to go work full time and bring money home and help me get stuffs for our daughter. so I end up broke up with him when my daughter was two months old and Now I met a soul mate and soon will get married - unknown when we set the wedding date.



ASK THE DR IF YOU CAN BUY BREASTMILK FROM ONE STORE WHO SELLS THEM. Dr will know where to get them.

Katherine - posted on 09/28/2009

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My Daughter is nearly 8 months old and is 17lbs 14oz she roughly drinks a pint day, but this is included in her cereal plus I give her full fat yoghurt and she also has custard on different days. She on 3 meals a day plus milk for bed. Every child is different. I have learned that if she doesn't have a pint aday it doesn't matter along as she has a balancd diet and your child is happy.

Natasha-Louise - posted on 09/28/2009

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PS I switched her on to progress milk/follow on milk 2 weeks ago, she seems to drink more of that??

Huma - posted on 09/28/2009

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my daughter is 5 1/2 months and doesnt like formula milk coz she gets hives and rashes on her face so i am now going to try soy milk ....

Christi - posted on 09/27/2009

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my son is nine months and 22 pounds and he only eats 16oz of formula a day and two six ounce cans of solids. he is perfectly healthy and the doc said that it is just what the baby will eat, don't push it. i am not sure when to start milks though because my son is lactose intolerant.

Lynnell - posted on 09/27/2009

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Instead of just having milk in a bottle I used to make custard with formula. I put made up formula in everything just about so they were at least getting the vitimins and stuff. I didn't wean my kids off fomula until they were nearly two. I gave them the toddler formula once a day after they turned one. They also drank normal milk after they turned one.

Violet - posted on 09/26/2009

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i would ask ur doctor my daughter was the same way i was told to give her milk and she loves it shes 11 months now my dr said as long as shes is eating food and shes getting what she need from that she was 7 or 8 months when she started to not want the formula she would only drink 2oz out of her bottle

Samantha - posted on 09/26/2009

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so long as he is continuing to gain most dr's say feed what baby will take. my was having rice cereal mixed with formula at that age and would take more than that try adding cereal, you'll need larger hole in nipple but it might get him to finish more.

Jessie N Nate - posted on 09/26/2009

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my baby boy is 9mths old n is 12kg he went off all his bottles when he was about 6mths n i put him straight on to cows milk i use to put i little bit of honey n he was fine now he drinks his bottles fine but i still put a lil in it choc topping

Angela - posted on 09/26/2009

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Try taking him to his doctor and tell them he does like it! It's more than one kind of formula

Debbie - posted on 09/26/2009

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I think you need to relax. He will drink when he is thirsty. As long as he is not dehydrated and he is gaining weight, I would not worry. Try cereal or fruit juice in with the formula to give it a different taste that will interest him.

Paula - posted on 09/26/2009

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I used S26 & i swear by it, Im not sure what formula u r using but if its not working give S26 a try, it wont do sny shrm.

You can start encouraging solids now, i found weetbix with formula milk worked the best.

I think, and its only my personal opinion that you can start to introduce full cream milk at about 12mths old, just water it down.



Good luck

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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well i understnd bc my baby is 5months and i breast fed her and since i didnt do the bottle and the breast, now she doesnt like no baby formula,so i really need help bc now im in germany and i really dont kno wat to do

Julie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi Tiffany,



My wee boy was doing the same thing so we started to mix his milk with his cereals and any off his other meals that wee could and it worked. I have never given him as much milk as that and he was ok my health visitor said as long as he is tasking at least 3 7 oz bottles he would be fine as loves food and water too. I have also started to mix his bottle that he wont take with heinz biscotti and he loves it lots off different flavours too good luck Julie x

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I gave mine milk when they started to eat solids and it didn't hurt them. You just have to make sure he gets his fruit and veggies too. Give him water to drink too and avoid sugary juices.



Cows milk does not have the nutrients that formula does but it don't matter because you make those up in the solid foods you give him.



When I was a baby they did not have formula and surprise - I survived. That's something you have to remember - all this formula stuff did not always exist and unless your child is lactose intolorant you have nothing to worry about.

Erin - posted on 09/25/2009

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milk is a bit harsh on there tummys still at this age. my son is the same way though...he doesn't like formula at all. i just started feeding him more babyfood. they have the food with DHA in it and you can still give him all the nutrients he needs. try making up some cereal mixed with fruit and formula to get in extra ounces...my sons 9 1/2 months old and he only drinks 18 oz a day if i am lucky. but he is still healthy and doing well.

Steph - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son is 6 months he had a stage where he would only drink 1 oz of his bottle. We were given advise to water his milk down (for example:- 7oz of water & 6 scoops of formula). We done that for 3 days and then we went back 2 milk and he drinks it all. He loves his bottle more than food. x

Kelli - posted on 09/25/2009

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My baby is 5 months old and once we introduced him to baby food he would refuse to drink a bottle at all. I started mixing and jar of baby food with his formula and added a little cereal and he loves to take his bottle now. He loves all the different flavors that I put in it.

Vonny - posted on 09/25/2009

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Hi Tiffany,

As I know from our peditrician, if they have already eating solid they will drink less formula which is 24 oz is about the right amount. The rule of 2.5 oz for every pound is before you introduce the solid. So you are fine and he gets enough formula for his age in a day as long as he eats enough solid foods.

Samantha - posted on 09/25/2009

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Don't give cows milk until after 12 months - there's not enough iron and vitamins in it and too much sodium (salt) for younger babies.

As for the bottle problem, I think the smoothie idea is fantastic, otherwise mix formula milk into his solids (breakfast cereals, baby rice & veg risottos etc) to ensure he gets all the calcium etc he needs.

Angela - posted on 09/25/2009

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I have had the same problem with my little boy. At about 6 months, he seemed to lose interest in his bottle. He will only take in about 15 ounces a day if I am lucky. He is now 10 1/2 months and is still only drinking about 15 ounces a day. I am still breastfeeding, so he nurses in the morning, and at night before bed, and has only one 7 ounce bottle during the day. I feed him the rice cereal with mixed fruit and mix that with his milk in order to get more milk in him. He then also gets two jars of baby food a day, usually a fruit in the am and some kind of meat with veggies for supper. My doctor has told me that 20-25 ounces of milk a day is sufficient, which is a struggle, but with the milk in his cereal, he gets about 20 ounces in day. I have been told not to give whole milk until after one year.

Amanda - posted on 09/25/2009

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my son was the same way, at 6 1/2 months old he completely weaned himself (i was breastfeeding) and so i put him on goats milk formula, bc his dad and dad's parents all three have bad milk allergies and goats milk was all they could drink until they were about 5...so im assuming the same is gonna be with my boy...anyway, he only drinks about 20-24 oz of milk a day, but i mix him cereal twice a day, with a little bit of juice and an ounce or two of milk. i've been told that a 6 month old baby should be drinking 5 bottles with 4-5 oz. in them a day, plus 4 oz. of cereal, 2 Tablespoons of veggies and 2 Tablespoons of fruits. i try to give my son that much, but sometimes he doesnt want all of it and other days he eats way more. i wouldnt stress over it too much, but just try some different things until you find a way he will like it! (by the way, im gonna try that milk smoothie idea with my son!!! :) maybe he will drink it better then!) oh, another thing...my son will only drink a bottle if he is layin on his tummy in his crib or if he is swingin in his swing. maybe he just doesnt want to be held when you're giving him the bottle...try different things, but overall, if you are stressed about it, hes gonna refuse it all the more!

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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the exact same thing happened with my daughter and she was drinking less milk then your son is and i tried to change formula but nothing helped she still hates her bottle!!and i dont know if this is good advice but i just stopped stressing about it but she is perfectly healthy she just does not like milk!they all say that babies know what they need so i still offer her the bottle but if she does not want it i dont force it cos it just gets her upset!good luck.

Maben - posted on 09/24/2009

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thats completely normal !! that means its time to give your child baby food ...

my baby its 8 months old now and when she began to refuse to take her milk i began to give her a baby nestle cereal i found in the market .... they had a variety of flavors from rice & apples... to oatmeal & prunes lol theyre kinda sweet ... i just put a few scoops on her milk and she actually loves it!

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my daughter is 7 months tomorrow and is only about 15lbs. she eats 3 meals a day of baby food and will eat no rice cereal or oatmeal but the doctor told me that she is perfectly healthy as long as she is still getting milk and eatin baby food then there is no need to worry and she also told me to wait until about 10 months to try to do half and half with whole milk

Christine - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son has now started refusing formula too, he eats about half the bottle, but if i mix it with some cereal, even a little, he'll eat it.

so i am feeding him formula by spoon, mixed with a little cereal, it's the consistency of melted ice cream

Catherine - posted on 09/24/2009

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my little girl suddenly stop wanting her formula at 10 1/2 month, have u tried him on baby rice with a bit of his milk

Brooke - posted on 09/24/2009

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I would say as long as his weight is progressing normally and he's following the "curve," correctly then it is fine. My daughter is 17lbs and drinks about 27oz a day and my drs weren't worried at all.

Joy - posted on 09/24/2009

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My babies are all grown up now, but my middle child was not interested in the bottle either. At 6 months I introduced him to a cup and he took to it straight away. He was still happy to have his night bottle but gave that away not to long after. If you child loves his solids he may be ahead of the trend and be happy to have his milk with his food just like you do. Best of luck.

Kelly - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hey Tiffany I don't know you but I have two children of my own and I do home daycare. My suggestion to you is that those textbook answers aren't always right for EVERY baby. If your baby is eating solid foods and drinking some formula and having the appropriate number of wet and dirty diapers each day he should be fine. My children stopped taking their bottles early and as long as they had good BM's (bowel movements) and wet diapers my doc said they were fine.

Marisa - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had the same problem..and i tried all the formulas in the market, until a friend told me to mix 1 scoop, firstly and then start increasing of formula with my breast milk. It work after a month she was drinking only formula. Good Luck!!!

Tanya - posted on 09/23/2009

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My milk dried up after three months due to a bad bug and my daughter was forced on to formula..she is now 11months old and tiny she weigh's 7.5kgs and has been in the same sized clothing forever... all the professionals i have spoken with say there is nothing to be concerned about because she is eating lots of different food and also getting lots of rest... she is drinking approximately three small bottles a day with 100ml and struggles to finish them.... she's happy enough and loves water and loves food...

Aimee - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son is 8-1/2 months and drinks about 30-34 oz a day and eats 3 hearty meals and he is a chubby kid. 47 oz sounds like a lot! he refused the bottle until I started him on the really wide nipple bottles (vent air wide) and wont use those regular sized nipples. He also adapted to the formula as he learned to eat solids. Hope that helps somewhat. I heard to wait til 1 year for regular milk, but one of my best friends just told me she tried it w/her child at 9 months and they did just fine w/it. (I havent tried it though).

Heather - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son was 21 lbs at 6 months and there was no way I was going to have him drink 50 oz of anything! We increased his solid foods offering more variety of vegetables and cereals. There are some great recipes out at www.freshbaby.com that are age appropriate. I also agree with the other moms that you should try some different formulas to find one that he likes/tolerates better, because that is where most of their nutrition for the first year comes from. Whole milk isn't fortified with all the same vitamins and minerals that formula is, so it isn't a great substitute. I think if you find the right formula he'll drink more (we aimed for 32 oz) per day, plus the solids you'll have a happy, healthy, satisfied little boy. And for the record, my "little" boy is 16months now and is 34" tall and weighs 30lbs. They do grow into their weight!

Tania - posted on 09/22/2009

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try s26 it comes in all sorts,,and ask your heath nurse that might help goodluck

Raquel - posted on 09/22/2009

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I have a 9 month old and the exact same thing happened to me. He stopped drinking most of his daytime formula bottles and drinking mostly his night bottle. I spoke with the doctor and a close friend that has 3 kids and they both suggested the same thing: the baby is bored of the taste. Switch it up! Keep the same amount of formula but add some strawberries, bananas, papaya, etc. Trust me, I did that to my baby and he loved it!!! He drinks ALL of his bottles now and loves the taste. It's like a shake! So I strongly recomend you try that.

As far as your mik question, switch him when he's a year old.

Rebecca - posted on 09/22/2009

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They say no milk until a yr of age. He is still quite young so he still does need milk as his main source of nutrition. Thats when you have to try to find the happy medium between solids and milk, which is soo hard expecially when a baby loves the solids so much. I would try to sneak in at least another bottle somewhere if you can. Even if you add just a half ounce to each bottle you are giving him?? I dont think giving him cows milk will change anything if you were to give it anyway because really I think its drinking the liquids that are the issue not the cows milk vs formula. I would just try to give him what you can and if he takes it great, if not I wouldnt worry unless it starts effecting his weight gain, pees, and poops.

Amber - posted on 09/22/2009

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we had the same problem and we went n got whole milk and did a 50/50 mix. Our Dr wasnt thrilled but he said that was ok. Get the vitamins too. Talk with your Dr about the mix thing. We did that at 6 1/2 months and by 8 we were on milk strictly. Shes a chubby baby and shes losing it now that she is more active. Shes turning 1 tomorrow and we havnt seen ne problems yet. Go with ur mom gut.

Mashawna - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:

Baby doesn't like his formula at 6 1/2 months

My baby boy is turn 7months next week he is 19pound at his last appt.they say your baby should drink 2.5oz for every pound which is 47 oz a day!wow mikey only eats about 24oz a day,he seems to like his night bottle but drinks less and less during the day.I can't cut back on his solids because I tried he just cry because he wants them and will refuse the bottle even more out of anger.Is 24oz enough?i want him to get what he needs to grow,and when should I which him to milk?


alost all of my kids were off formula by that age i put them on whole milk they seem to like it so much better.and they started getting so chubby.

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