What are the disadvantages of bottle feeding for toddlers like 3yrs old?

Nikki - posted on 09/26/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My moms argues with me and insisted that must still bottle feed my kid because she told me that I was depriving my child's rights to drink his milk because his still a baby for her. My son now is actually three years old and I stopped him from bottle feed because its affecting his food appetite. He refuses to eat solid food and just drink milk from his bottle all day. So i explained my child that he is now big and going to school so he must stop now his bottle feeding habit but i didn't stopped him from drinking milk and still continues to drink on his cup after meals and before going to sleep. Now his eating appetite turns ok now and still my mom is making this a big issue for us. So I just want to ask what to do and also to know the disadvantages of bottle feed for toddlers so she can understand which to I must need to follow.


Ez - posted on 09/26/2011




You are doing the right thing Nikki. There is no need for your 3yo to be drinking from a bottle, especially if his solid food intake is suffering. It sounds like he took the transition very well, so you don't have anything to worry about.


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Bonnie - posted on 09/26/2011




I agree with Erin. Plus, as he gets older it will make it more difficult to break him away from it. He is already at that difficult stage. He can still have milk. It doesn't have to be in a bottle.

Amy - posted on 09/26/2011




Nikki like you've already discovered when your child is drinking milk before meals he fills up on it and then is missing out on other vitamins and nutrients that he needs. Also a bottle at this age can tooth decay especially if given right before bed at nap or bedtime. The reason is if your LO falls asleep with the bottle the milk can pool in his mouth and cause damage to his teeth. If he hasn't been to a dentist yet I suggest you schedule in appointment,they will definitely back you up on this!
Finally as a last resort you can just put your foot down because your MOM not her and she doesn't get to raise your kids. If she can't follow your rules she shouldn't be allowed unrestricted access to him, the sooner you establish these boundaries the better or else you will have a long 16 years ahead of you.

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