How many bottles of milk within a 7 hour time? (for a one year old)

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I watch my neice, and she is bottle feed, I do not know how many bottles of milk a one year old needs within 7 hours.

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Cassandra - posted on 09/12/2009

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also keep in mind they reccommend babies to be on some sort of formula until they 2-3 years old.. they need the vitamins in it!

Cassandra - posted on 09/12/2009

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I find all this so fascinating considering my little boy is 1 year old at the end of this week and isnt on solids yet, all breast fed, and if i told him he can only have 2 feeds a day this house would be hell!! I mean i have offerred plenty of solids, but alot of breast fed babies wont take solids as everything they need is in the breast so my MCH nurse told me. Honestly it isnt that hard to work out, you can tell if a baby (yes a 1 year old is still a baby) is hungry, if you think they need a bottle, give it to them, if they dont want it trust me they will let you know, if your a parent yourself instinct usually kicks in.. why does everything have to be a text book answer???

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My doctor says you could write a book on all of the advice that you will get when raising a child, he says to take every little bit and make it your own and go off instinct. My girl was terrible at trasition to solid we tried EVERYTHING and 9 times out of ten she would throw it back up, she has a very bad gag reflex so if something has an bit of an odd texture it comes back up. I have talked to doctors about it. They said she is just slower at taking to solid foods, she was perfectly healthy and not to worry she is above average for her height and average for her weight. I gave her formula till she was about 13 months thinking she needed the vitamins cause she didn't eat much and the doctor said to go ahead and start switching her to whole milk, he said if she started to go down then to stop for a bit. The change went great she is still as healthy as can be she is much better for eating solids but still not as good as others in her age she still has 3-4 bottles a day depending on the day and how shes feeling, when she was teething she didn't want any solids and wanted more milk, everyone in my family is firm belivers on drinking quite a bit of milk its healthy and good for bone development so we don't worry when she wants a bit more we are very rarley sick when so its over fast and out of all my brothers,parents and such and there is over a dozen of us we have all together had 1 or 2 broken bones. We do give her juice/water in a cup and even once in a while chocolate milk in a cup but she is not ready to give up her bottle yet and thinks your nuts if you try to give her milk in a cup. She is eighteen months and our first so its a learning process she had a soother and gave that up all on her own a few months back so I figure when shes ready for no bottle she will let us know unless its gets to carried away. I can imagine some of you think I am crazy but everyone is different and has different ways of doing things. Oh yeah and no she doesn't sleep with a bottle she gets a bottle then when shes done goes to bed.

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My baby was only drinking one bottle a day..@ the age of 1..he is 20 months now..and he sometimes don't drink his bottle at all...what he does..is he eats alot and drinks alot...

Adri - posted on 09/12/2009

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Wow, interesting to see majority of people are of the mind that a 1 year old should only have 1-2 bottles per day? My little boy (my second child) is 13 months, and he still has around 4 bottles a day, also eats solids well. He still only sleeps through occasionally so some nights he has an additional bottle in the middle of the night too. We're trying to cut him down on his formula and offer more whole milk, but he is really fighting it. He won't drink it out of a cup (unless he's running away with his sisters cup lol), but will have a little whole milk with breakfast in the morning if we give it to him in a bottle. The rest of the day he won't touch whole milk, will only drink his formula, or diluted juice. Not majorly keen on water either (again, unless he's running away with his sisters water bottle). He's super cheeky, and knows he's got me firmly wrapped around his little finger :-)

Lori - posted on 09/11/2009

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My doctor strongly encouraged me to have my son off the bottle by one and drinking from a sippy cup. Although I think it took an extra month or two for us. I only gave the bottle to him at night and if he possibly woke up in the night. To answer your question, I would have to say no more than two in that time span. She should hopefully be eating enough solid foods by now to fulfill her hunger.

Tracy - posted on 09/11/2009

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My daughter switched from bottles to real milk in a cup at one...so basically she was offered a 4-6 oz cup of milk with each meal of solids and 2 snacks a day - she never drank the entire cup at any of the sittings but consumed about 16-24oz a day. So depending on how many meals or snacks you are giving her in the 7 hour period should help with how much milk she should be consuming (also consider what she's getting when she's not with you).

Cathralynn - posted on 09/10/2009

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Regular whole milk? I still swear by offering it in a cup, the volume my daughter drank went down when she drank it from a cup vs. a bottle. That is if the mom is worried bout too much milk. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Cathralynn:



Quoting Magen :

I would agree 1 bottle 2 tops she should be eating solids and water or diluted juice can be good. Some children so tend to use their bottles as comfort but at a year she should more or less be letting you know what she needs. Also you should not be afraid to ask her mother. I however do not agree with the bottles for nap time, children especially by one year should not be fed to sleep this is a bad habit for them to have. It is bad for their teeth and they should be learning to self soothe for sleep.






I don't agree with this habit either, my daughter never went to sleep nursing or on a bottle.  It is however, what a lot of moms do.  And if the neice is already used to it, I wouldn't recommend a babysitter being the one to change it.  Those were my thoughts anyways.






I agree 100% about the bottles and sleeping, I dont know what mommy does but I never give her a bottle to go to sleep with. In a week so far shes learning fast to fall asleep on her own. As for the amounts of bottles I guess shes decided one a day is enough, as shes stopped sending an extra bottle. Of course though the last two days shes wanted and drank the only bottled before 11 am, maybe I should mentioned that, and that around 2 pm shes bugging for more milk.

Alissa - posted on 09/10/2009

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I know that my pediatrician told me at the age of one that kids should only have 2 8oz bottles of formula a day

Cathralynn - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter drank bm from a bottle cause she wouldn't latch. So I have a combo deal going! The deal with her was she ate a larger volume than I assume she would have actually nursing, but still frequently cause bm digests easier. I still think just pay attention to the baby. My daughter was always really clear on when she was hungry and when she wasn't, it was my choice what container I served it to her in. You can offer water with food and snacks and then just wait for the baby to ask for a bottle. If she doesn't ask she must be fine. If she doesn't ask then offer milk with meals in a cup intead in the future. Who knows, maybe the baby will wean herself off bottles. There's also the issue of how much dairy she eats such as cheese, and yogurt. 1 year olds need three servings of dairy a day max. A serving is 8oz milk, 2oz cheese, or 1 cup yogurt. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2009

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Sorry she eats soilds also, Im a breastfeeder, bottles are 4 letter words in my house. So I have no clue what a 1 year old drinks in cows milk within 7 hours. I always offer her, her milk after her soild food, and like someone else said she doesnt always drink the full 8 ozs, normally around 6. My issue is her mother packs 2 bottles so I feed two bottles, but she felt I was feeding her to much milk, shes a first time mom and like I said I have never used bottles, so I figured you all could give both of us some good information on it.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Magen :

I would agree 1 bottle 2 tops she should be eating solids and water or diluted juice can be good. Some children so tend to use their bottles as comfort but at a year she should more or less be letting you know what she needs. Also you should not be afraid to ask her mother. I however do not agree with the bottles for nap time, children especially by one year should not be fed to sleep this is a bad habit for them to have. It is bad for their teeth and they should be learning to self soothe for sleep.



I don't agree with this habit either, my daughter never went to sleep nursing or on a bottle.  It is however, what a lot of moms do.  And if the neice is already used to it, I wouldn't recommend a babysitter being the one to change it.  Those were my thoughts anyways.

Tara - posted on 09/09/2009

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16 oz of milk for a one year old per day is the max amount you need to give her daily. But if she eats a lot of high fat dairy she may not even need that much!

Magen - posted on 09/09/2009

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I would agree 1 bottle 2 tops she should be eating solids and water or diluted juice can be good. Some children so tend to use their bottles as comfort but at a year she should more or less be letting you know what she needs. Also you should not be afraid to ask her mother. I however do not agree with the bottles for nap time, children especially by one year should not be fed to sleep this is a bad habit for them to have. It is bad for their teeth and they should be learning to self soothe for sleep.

Tara - posted on 09/09/2009

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Is she not eating solids at all yet? My daughter is 18 months and only has 1-2 bottles per day (one in the morning when she gets up, and one a night sometimes before bed) and the only reason she still has those is we are transitioning to no bottles (just sip cup or regular cup). We are transitioning slowly because I am due to have our 2nd child in 2 weeks and we know our daughter may regress a little at that point because of jealousy/stress of the new baby.
My daughter has been only having 1-2 bottles a day since she was around 1 because she has been eating solids since around the 6-7 month mark, and most of what she eats now is just regular food. If your niece is not eating solids at all yet, she may need to be started on them because it may be much more difficult to get her to eat properly later on if she isn't started on solids now.

I've included some links below that might give you some ideas (they are from a Canadian site, but US/Canada have very similar guidelines for introducing solids - not sure about other countries). Since she's a year old I've included links for first foods, 9-12 months and 12-18 months:

http://www.babycenter.ca/baby/startingso...
http://www.babycenter.ca/baby/startingso...
http://www.babycenter.ca/toddler/nutriti...

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1 or 2 sounds right. While my son is at daycare during the day (~8 hours) I stop in to breastfeed once, and he also gets a cup of whole milk with his snack (he often doesn't drink it). But he's mostly getting solids at this point. Age one is usually a good time to take the bottles away.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/09/2009

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I'd check with her mom. My daughter was really eating solids well before a year and only had 3 bottles a day. She woke up and had breakfast, bottle, lunch, bottle, dinner, and a bottle right before bed. She also only drank 6-7oz, never the full 8oz bottle. At a year we stopped bottles and only had cups of whole milk and real solid snacks. It really varies from kid to kid and mother to mother. So I'd ask. Some moms and babies continue bottles for naps. I'd say no more than two in a seven hour period, if she eats food reliably, prolly before her two daily naps.

Nicole - posted on 09/09/2009

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I would say only 1 or 2. She should be eating solids so she shouldn't need a lot of bottles. I took my kids bottles away at 1, so I guess I'm not the best advice giver. But when you say that she is "bottle fed" do you mean that she doesn't eat solids at all??

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