how many bottles of milk should a 14 month old drink in an 8 hour period?

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Michelle - posted on 03/24/2009

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thanks alot of great information but my son weighs 17 lbs and needs more milk dr. said and I receantly went back to work and my in-law is keeping himn and she said she feels as to he needs more food than milk.. and is with holding his milk from him.What should I do we can't afford another sitter but I don't want her with holding my sons bottles from him either.PLEASE HELP!!!

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/27/2009

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My son is 16 months and has been off the bottle since 11 months. His doctor said anywhere between 16-24 oz of milk in a 24 hour period was good. He usually drinks about 16-20 oz a day, the rest is diluted juice and some water. Just be sure at mealtime, your child doesn't fill up on liquids and then not eat. I have to watch that with my son because he will drink his whole cup then not want to eat so I give him his cup after he's done eating. He gets milk at breakfast and dinner, diluted juice at lunch, and water the rest of the time. And make sure s/he doesn't take a bottle to bed as that can cause tooth decay.

Debbie - posted on 03/24/2009

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My daughter's doctor told me at her 15 month doctor's appointment that she shouldn't have more than 24 ounces of milk a day due to the possiblity of it causing anemia if I'm not mistaken. At that time, my daughter refused to drink anything else. We tried to give her water or juice and she'd just not have any of it. She's almost 18 months now and is finally drinking a bit of other things now.

Michelle - posted on 03/24/2009

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yes we have been doing pediasure and alot of other stuff we go to a nutrionist and a gastrointerologist. we just went to the dr today and he told me that he needs atleast 32-40 ounces a day along with his meals andd everything else thank you for everyones help I really appreciate it all... you all are good help!!!!!

Karla - posted on 03/24/2009

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Has your doctor given you any idea's to try and put weight on him? My twins are just over 19 pounds and she suggested the "night time" bottle put in one teaspoon of olive oil, butter and jelly on toast in the morning, butter of veggies. He should have milk throughout the day, if it's not in bottles that's ok just aslong as he is offered milk every hour and have it out the whole time during meals. They need to pull it out and ask him if he wants milk.

Angela - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter is 16 months old, she has been off the bottle since she was 7 months old. We do use sippy cups though and she gets about 2 of those a day of milk and then 1 or 2 of water or watered down juice.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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But should now be drinking fresh milk and not formula,





Actually, formula is better suited for human babies than cow's milk. After 12 months they can have cow's milk but that doesn't mean they need to- they don't trun into calves or anything. like others said, though, prolonged drinking from a bottle can mess up teeth both in terms of decay and allignment so try to start the weaning process as gently as possible. Sippy cups are really just glorified bottles, too, so unless he is super tired or really balking at giving up the bottle, try regular cups.

Alyssa - posted on 03/23/2009

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My twin boys are 15mths and they have a bottle at 9am (wake up time), at 3pm (nap time) and at 9pm (bed time). At 12pm they have Lunch and at 6pm they have dinner... having twins makes it so much easier to keep everything on a schedule... Good Luck! 



 



Oh and they are real good at taking there sippy cups or a juice box durring meals.

Kim - posted on 03/23/2009

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My son is 18 months and the pediatrician said he should have between 12 -18 ounces of milk a day. Hope this helps

Karla - posted on 03/23/2009

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My twins are 14 months and I just have them doing one 8 oz bottle 30 minutes before bed. Soon that bottle will go away in a replacement of a snack with milk in a sippie cup. Before they always drink so well out of a bottle and when I replaced in with a sippie cup I felt they were not getting enough milk a day. After a few day to a week they got use to it and were getting enough. It was hard just because they are my first and like a lot of moms I wanted to make sure they were getting enough. He will, he's at the age where he knows when he is thirsty and will drink.

Dawn - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hi michelle, i believe every child is different, no child is ever the same, it depends on the individual child. as long as the childs drinks for thirst and that the milk doesnt replace meals.i beleive a liitle milk during meals to wash food down. i have a 4 year old child who is autistic and he still,has a bottle of milk to go to sleep, he has one during the night if he wakes up as its the only way he will go back to sleep and a spare one incase he wakes up again later. he won`t drink milk during the day, he likes juice or water, he thinks milk is just for bed unless he is unwell. My 4 year old still has a dummy 4 bed as it helps him to sleep. hope this is helpful

Amber - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter never used a bottle, she was breast fed until twelve months, then I switched her to a sippy.  She is 16 months now and she probably finishes one or two sippys of milk in 8 hours.  Tip for weaning child, just take it away.  Your child will probably throw a fit for a day and be over it.  Just be sure to put the bottles where he/she cannot see them.  Out of sight and out of mind!  Good luck, I hope I was able to help!

Brenda - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hello Michelle, as a Registered Childminder I would recommend to parent's that they wean toddlers from the bottle as soon as they can hold a cup. One of the children I look after has just come off the bottle with me but she still has one at home before bedtime. This is up to the individual mum. Every child is different and your child may or may not be ready to make the transition from bottle to cup. But should now be drinking fresh milk and not formula, Hope this has helped, Brenda x

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At that age my pediatrician told me to teach my son to drink for thirst and not for comfort. He recommended somewhere around 12 ounces of whole milk a day for my son's weight. He also told me to start giving him sippy cups and stop the bottle. My son weighed a lot for his age. A child that needs to gain weight may need to drink more. He also told me to keep feeding him cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products that would also give him the vitamins he needed. My son would always have two 6 oz. sippy cups (or it could be a bottle) of milk a day. He would also drink juice and water.

Gretchen - posted on 03/23/2009

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The doctors and a lot of people believe none, they believe 12 months is the cut off.  I believe that every child is different and you know what is best for your child.  My 20 month old takes 1-2 a day.  You know best.  As long as it doesn't replace meals or make him miss meals he's fine.

Mercedes - posted on 03/23/2009

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one before he goes to bed. I am truly against children over 12mo using a bottle. by this age most of their liquids should come from a sippie cup!

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