When do i start giving my daughter more solids & less milk?

Jamie - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old daughter has recently started going off her milk. She seems to only drink between 120 & 180ml whereas before she was having 240ml. Should i just give her 120-180ml every 3 hours like i did when she was a newborn with solids as well or should i try getting her to drink 240ml still? Sorry mums but im a first time mother & i'm not sure what to do as i dont want to pull back on her milk intake & stuff anything. Any help would be great!!

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Stacey - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting Danell:

you have to give her baby food and 3 bottels day. you were supose to start with baby cereal at 3 months and then go on from their ask your dr and they will tell oyu how to do it but they only need 3 bottels of milk a day at the age and then water the rest of the time.



they recommend that u dnt give a child solids till atleast 6mnths of age now and they also recommend u start with avocado as it the strongest in iron

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Stacey - posted on 09/18/2009

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I have a 6 mnth old who i have started giving solids to and even though she only gets 1 feed a day she has dropped dwn to only 3 bottles a day at 200mls each. I also got a bit concerned becoz she would have her last bottle at 8pm and then not want her next one till 10am in the morning but i was told that as long as she putting weight on and is happy not to wry u will know if they not getting enough

Rebekah - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son decreased his milk at 8 months too. My doctor told me not to worry about it because he was eating a good amount of solids. I also started him on daily vitamins to ease my mind. Your daughter will balance it all out on her own. Let her decide. Some days she'll take more milk, other days she'll want more food.

Danell - posted on 09/17/2009

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you have to give her baby food and 3 bottels day. you were supose to start with baby cereal at 3 months and then go on from their ask your dr and they will tell oyu how to do it but they only need 3 bottels of milk a day at the age and then water the rest of the time.

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Her milk should be her main source of nutrition until age one. But don't stress too much over it. Let your daughter take the lead in how much she wants to eat if possible. Keep introducing the solids, but do it slowly. Solid foods are just for fun - not nutrition - before age one.

Elsa - posted on 09/15/2009

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I would just talk to your doctor.. I have read you can start giving them runny rice cereal with breast milk or formula as early as 4 months.. just to start off and still feed him/her mostly milk still.. I plan to ask my doctor at his 4 month checkup in a couple weeks about this. I've read at 8 months they should be eating 3-4 feedings of breast milk/formula.. 6-8 ozs each, 2-3 feedings of rice/barley/wheat cereal, 2-4 tbsps each feeding.. 2-3 feedings of bread or crackers, 1/2 slice or 2 crackers.. 2 feedings of fruit, 3-4 tbsps.. 1 feeding of fruit juice, 3 ozs juice.. 3 ozs water.... 2-3 feedings of vegetables, 3-4 tbsps each feeding.. 2 feedings of meat, egg yolk or cooked, dried beans, 3-4 tbsps at each feeding. Hope this helps. :)

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by 8 months old you can give them like mashed potatoes or anything soft like that try her on like chocolate pudding and stuff with flavor but my son at 3 months old was eating gumbo with rice and i told the doc and he said not to do it but my child was fine just watched him close when giving it to him

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I let my daughter do most of the deciding. By the tome she was 8 months she was having about 24 oz a day she got a bottle in the morning before her nap and then before bed. My doctors told me there was no problem in letting her slowly cut down, as long as it was nothing drastic. on top of her bottles she was eating table foods such as soft fruits and steamed veggies, she had her pablum in the morning mixed with some fruit and then at supper she would have a jar of the stage appropriate baby food with a little fruit as well if she was hungry for it still. I hope this helps you out some.

Julie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Your daughter will naturally start to take less milk as she takes more solids; don't worry about it too much. I was obsessing over how much formula my son was drinking every day, but when I mentioned it to my pediatrician, she wasn't worried at all. She just said that as he starts drinking less formula, make sure he gets other forms of dairy like cheese or yogurt. My son is almost 1 now, and he takes about 10-15 oz of formula a day (not sure of the conversion to ml), 3 solid meals, and 2 solid snacks. I actually give him his formula in a sippy cup with each meal, and he just has water with his snacks. So just let your daughter help guide you, because she is definitely at the age where she is going to be wanting more solids as part of her diet.

Katarina - posted on 09/15/2009

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I'm a first time Mommy as well and I've heard that their main source of food should be their bottles until their 1st birthdays. I could be wrong and I'd love to know the answer as well. My son is 5 months old as isn't interested in solids at all. We give him Baby Mum Mum crackers as "practice" food and to help his teething.

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