How many times an 8 month should be given formula milk?

New - posted on 12/30/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months and likes to have formula milk every 2 hr in a day, 4-5 oz around 5 to 6 times, which is around 25 to 30oz in a day. Apart from this he doesn't like to have solids much.
I am little concerned about his consumption of milk. Is that good enough or should I focus more on solids or should increase his intake of milk?
Please advice and suggest?

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Elizabeth - posted on 12/31/2011

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From my experience if you wait too long to introduce something other than liquid the child will have a harder time learning to move solids to the back of the mouth to swallow. The earlier you do this the easier for your baby. All three of my children started things like Cheerios and cereal at about 5 months.

Cheerios are excellent because they turn to mush almost instantly and also for your child to develop fine motor skills.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/30/2011

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At this age your baby will be getting most of his nutrition from formula...actually up until 12 months. However, he should be having solids now as well. Here's an example of a diet for an 8 month old:



Sample One Day Menu for an 8 to 12 Month Old Article Body

1 cup = 8 ounces [240 ml]

4 ounces = 120 ml

6 ounces = 180 ml



Breakfast

•1⁄4–1⁄2 cup cereal or mashed egg

•1⁄4–1⁄2 cup fruit, diced (if your child is self- feeding)

•4–6 oz. formula/breastmilk



Snack

•4–6 oz. breastmilk/formula or water

•1⁄4 cup diced cheese or cooked vegetables



Lunch

•1⁄4–1⁄2 cup yogurt or cottage cheese or meat

•1⁄4–1⁄2 cup yellow or orange vegetables

•4–6 oz. formula/breastmilk



Snack

•1 teething biscuit or cracker

•1⁄4 cup yogurt or diced (if child is self-feeding) fruit Water



Dinner

•1⁄4 cup diced poultry, meat, or tofu

•1⁄4–1⁄2 cup green vegetables

•1⁄4 cup noodles, pasta, rice, or potato

•1⁄4 cup fruit

•4–6 oz. formula/breastmilk



Before Bedtime

•6–8 oz. formula/breastmilk or water (If formula or breastmilk, follow with water or brush teeth afterward.)



http://www.healthychildren.org/English/a...

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