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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    Should I be reducing milk feeds/ switching to cows milk/watering down formula???

    I can find some info telling me to do this, but very little on why and what are the different options with pro and cons... ????

    Currently DS has 2 formula bottles (afternoon and evening) of 180mls, plus boob in the morning and if he wakes overnight, plus a few sneaky boob drinks when he feels like it. Is that too much? He eats well, 3 meals plus snacks but I still don't think he has enough variety of food. I would like to continue to bf a little but like the option of bottles too...

    He turns 1 in just over a week.

    What did you do and why?

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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    Go with your instincts and let bub guide you. Don't get too caught up on certain age milestones. They are all so different and will wein when ready. Cows milk is ok after 12 months so you could switch to that if you want but again it's up you and bub

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    i have been told by several dr's and baby care nurses never to water down milk/formula. they need all the nutrients they can get.

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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    My bub just turned 1 and is on 4 bottles a day (200ml). I was worried as everyone else in my mums group is down to 1 or 2. But they pointed out she wouldn't drink it if she didn't want it.

    I'm going to start switching to cows milk soon, the try and swap to sippee cups. But I'm in no hurry.

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    My dd is 1 in 3 weeks and still has 4 - 6 BF's a day. Her brother was down to 2 - 3 BF's a day at the same age! It's hard work BFing my dd. Mind you a month ago it was 5 - 7 BF's a day, so it is a slight improvement and it's more often 4 - 5 now. I'm working and it's hard work to supply EBM for during the day when I can't go to her for a feed. It will be so much easier when that's not needed. But it's not enough of a reason to stop BFing. I suppose I'll just wait and see what she does in the next month or two.

    My ds stopped BFing at 12 months and went onto formula and from memory had 3 bottles a day until about 15 months and gradually we dropped the morning feed and then eventually he stopped the evening feed. He had to stay on formula because he was badly iron deficient and the Paediatrician recommended it. He drank it from a bottle til he was 2

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    I was breastfeeding my son 3 times per day when he turned 1. I fed him 3/day plus maybe 2 sippy cups of cows milk, until he was 15 months and I stopped feeding him. He just went on to cows milk solidly from then on.

    I would think that you can gradually cut out formula now, and instead offer cows milk - but I'd do it gradually, so they can get used to the change in taste, and depending on your child.

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    I think your bub is getting sufficient milk. I say continue to go with the flow.
    If bub wants more give more, if bub wants less give less! By now bub should be on solids a few times a day plus snacks.

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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    Make sure she is getting enough nutrients from her food before you switch ( if at all) to cows milk, it has no where near the nutrients formula/bm has and dairy will hinder iron absorption ( huge problem in toddlers) I kept my son on 2 sippy bottles of formula a day until he was about 20 months and now he just has water or he has 1 smoothie a day with either almond or A2 milk

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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    At 1yo my DD1 was having 3-5bf a day plus 3 meals and 2 snacks. At 15mths she was on 2bf, 3meals and 2 snacks. I only dropped bf at 19mths when she went to cows milk then. Now at 2yo she gets one cup EBM (i have a newborn as well and can easily express for her) and one cup cows milk a day.

    It's up to you what suits you. Depending on your bubs and your needs, you could swap formula to cows milk and keep the bf. Or wean bf, keep formula and over 6mths switch over to cows. I would not recommend you drop both bf and formula instantly.

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    Default tell me about milk feeds after 1 ???

    I think they generally advise this, to make sure they are getting enough nutrients, the guide is something like 500mls a day. My LO is now 18mths and has 600mls sometimes a little more sometimes less, he eats a wide variety of food though, I would only be concerned with cutting down milk if I felt it was filling him up so he couldn't eat other food.


 

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