My 10 month old is no longer interested in formula

User - posted on 10/24/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have a beautiful 10 month old that was on a good feeding schedule (600ml formula + 3-4 meals/day). About a week ago he started cutting four of his top teeth and went right off his bottle. I thought it would last a couple of days. Problem is, he's still not interested and worse, is sucking on his bottle in a very weird, innefective way, it's like feeding a newborn again, it takes him forever to get 60 ml, if that. I tried fast flow teats, putting a whole in it, sippy cups, nothing seems to help, he accepts chilled cow's milk from sippy cup, but not formula - and yes, I tried cow's milk in bottle, to no avail. He has about 100ml formula with his cereal in the morning and a serve of yoghurt a day, and I was trying to give him extra serves of cereal to hide the formula in, which he will take but then, it will make him too full for his solids, compromising that area as well. He drinks plenty of water from sippy cup. I am at my witts end as to what to do. Has anyone been through this?

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Bernadette - posted on 10/26/2011

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if he takes cows milk, but not formula, and you still want him to be getting the nutrition from formula, maybe you could try mixing it half and half. That's what I did with my daughter, who wouldn't drink formula at all - she was fully breast fed, but when she got a bit older I would try to give her formula sometimes as she loved to have a drink of milk, but I didn't want to give her too much dairy, and also wanted the nutritional benefits of formula. She hated it, but loved the cows milk, When I mixed them together, she was a lot more receptive of it and would have it as a drink during the day to supplement her solid and breast feeds.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2011

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I would say he's trying to tell you something...he doesn't want him bottle anymore. Let him wean, offer his milk/formula in a sippy cup. If you force a bottle, it may make it more difficult to wean him later. Talk to your doctor about it and if both of you are comfortable with switching to regular milk, go for it. My oldest had a combination of formula and cows milk at 10 months. And I know I'll probably get mothers berating me for giving a child cow's milk before the age of one but it was discussed with our pediatrician and at almost 5 YO, she's healthy.

User - posted on 10/25/2011

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I changed formula. He drank 20ml more than the other one (sigh). I want to move on to sippy cups as he drinks water from them but when he realizes it's milk, he turns his head away! Go figure!

Kellie - posted on 10/24/2011

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It sounds like he's self weaning (and getting used to all those new teeth!), albit a little early!

Ribena, cordial, fruit juice etc etc are loaded with sugar, please don't give him those things in place of nutrition!

You say he's still eating all his solids? maybe add in an extra solid feed to compensate for not having formula and let him have access to his milk and water whenever he wants it and this should be sufficient to keep him growing nicely.

But also take him to a doctor just for a check up, and to confirm that this is an ok way to go. As long as he's still getting enough food/nutrients and fluid I would assume it would be, but crazy things happen when we assume without checking!

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User - posted on 11/05/2011

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Just an update. Little man really decided to give up his bottle, he's still drinking the night one but won't take more than 80ml. After chasing him with bottles all day and facing some tantrums as he clearly does not want it, I gave up. To those who don't believe in bottle self-weaning, this is a real example. I did not play a part in this, all his choice and it wasn't even gradually, he woke up one day and that was his new 'thing'. This is his new feeding schedule:

7:30am baby cereal + 100ml formula + 60g fruit puree

30ml cow's milk sippy cup

11:00am - 60ml formula + baby organic powdered custard

30ml cow's milk sippy cup

nibbles and snacks (that end up more all over the floor than his mouth!)

1pm - 150 - 240g veggies and meat (adding cheese and egg yolk now too)

50ml water in sippy cup inbetween as he doesn't want milk around that time

3:30pm 70g full cream fruit yoghurt or 100g baby custard

4pm - 1/2 toast and cream cheese or vegemite

6pm - 150 - 240g veggies and meat + 60-120g fruit puree for dessert

40ml cow's milk sippy cup

water

6:30pm I offer another 60ml formula and custard, but he doesn't always want it

7:30 80ml formula in bottle (the only one he still accepts)



He seems happy and very playful, I don't think he lost any weight. Does that sound like a good eating plan even though he's not having all the formula that's recommended? By the way, he's having 5-6 wet nappies and 1-2 poos a day, which makes me believe he's not dehydrated or starving.



Thanks again for all your help and insight. I think sometimes they will just do what they will do and we have to follow their lead.

Valerie - posted on 11/04/2011

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when my girls were about 10mos my dr said if i wanted to start to give them an oz of milk in a sippy to see how it goes to go ahead (they were already totally off the bottle at that point). well i did and low and behold they wanted nothing at all to do with formula after that. the best i could get was to give them aprox half and half but that only lasted a little while and we just switched to milk. and i bought the baby food with dha in it. idk how much that will help but maybe it might be worth a try. and if he wont take the bottle and will take the sippy. just drop the bottle. the sooner they are off of it the better for their teeth anyway. good luck

Kellie - posted on 10/25/2011

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Lol, they like to make us work for it don't they! I have the opposite problem, my daughter is a machine! She's 11 months and still has four 240ml bottles a day and 3 solid feeds a day (although we are only just getting back on track with our solids, she had croup last week and only wanted her formula no solids) and I have NO idea how to wean her off her bottles. But then I figures she'll (like your son) wean herself when she's ready.

User - posted on 10/25/2011

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Kellie, I actually introduced another meal mid afternoon which consists of organic baby powdered custard that I mix with his formula. He seems to like it. I cut a big hole in his bottle teat and still, he's not taking more than 80ml for his biggest feed, the night one, he used take about 200ml not even 3 weeks ago :(. Other than that, he's fine, active, playful, a delight during the day. Maybe he just decided that's it for milk!

User - posted on 10/24/2011

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Yes, I tried his fave yoghurt and even chocolate drink (I know! Desperate times call for desperate measures). He will perhaps drink 10 or 20ml more but it doesn't make him any more hungry for it. Thanks for your reply.

Sharlene - posted on 10/24/2011

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Hi . you said he tryed him on cow's milk have you thought off putting a bit of flavour in the milk maybe! or his wter put some ribeena or corridal , fruit juice maybe,All the best

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