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    Default How can i get bub to drink more formula milk?

    I am after ideas on how to get some more formula milk into my 7.5mth old.
    he's drinking about 100mls for his morning bottle and maybe 150mls or nothing at all of a night time.
    He sleeps through the night and has been doing so for a fair while now.
    Average weight, small side for length.
    I feel like all i do is try to entice him to drink more milk. its exhausting and im wasting so much formula and $$! He's just not interested.
    I add what i an into his food but i can only add so much - not half a bottle or more that he leaves.

    Do i change formula's - (he's still on the newborn stage)? offer less food (but he loves his food!)? try a sippy cup?
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    i take it this is normal then?

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    I wouldn't offer less food. Just keep offering him a bottle, or change to a sippy cup if that will help.

    You can lead a horse to water....
    Just bump up dairy in his solids. Offer yoghurt, add cheese to veggies or pasta, have white sauce and veggie cheese pastas etc.

    Try not to worry too much. He will decide what he wants to drink.

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    Does he appear to like it when he's drinking it? If so, I don't think changing types will necessarily help. Definitely try a sippy cup though, the novelty of it not being a bottle may appeal.

    My son was big on food too, he was less reliant on formula than the average bub. I offered smaller bottles on a regular basis. On the upside, he was easy to wean,

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    What food is he eating and how often ? Are you offering bottles first?

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    My bub is now 9.5 months n has her days of drinking more or less. At 7.5 months she drank hardly any of her milk, she was happy n healthy, I just gave her yogurt n put formula in her food. I know what u mean with wasted $$ I feel the same. I now only make small bottles n if she drinks it all ill make another small bottle.

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    Why do you feel like you need to get him to drink more formula?
    How much solids is he eating? Is he putting on weight? Does he seem satisfied and happy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarcyJ View Post
    Why do you feel like you need to get him to drink more formula?
    How much solids is he eating? Is he putting on weight? Does he seem satisfied and happy?
    I second this - my ds refused the bottle at 8 months & only took 1 feed at night of maybe 100mls. He was a huge eater & loved cheese, yogurt ect. He put on weight & still thrived.

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    7.5months is still young and I think it would be near impossible to get all the vitamins/minerals/fats/oils/ carbs /calories plus water from solids alone , formula is not just for calcium so replacing it with yogurt ect is not what I think OP is worried about - yes all babies are different but I would still encourage he try drink more than 150ml a day - babies go through a huge growth spurt between. 6-12 months and need as much nutrients as possible!

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    How many times a day are you offering him a bottle? Most 7.5 month olds would be having 4-6 bottles a day. Are you offering milk before solids? Agree with PP, it would be very hard for him to be getting everything he needs from solids, not to mention the fact that he needs to be hydrated as well as fed. Will he drink water from a sippy cup?

    ETA at that age I would be cutting back on solids to see if he will drink more.
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