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8 month old eating

my 8 month old really wants nothing to do with the bottle. If she drinks any of it she wants to be held and will only drink maybe 2-3 ounces every 5-6 hours. She eats babyfood for breakfast and lunch how do i get her to eat?


Asked by Madelyn_Marie at 7:10 PM on Mar. 3, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Maximum of 32oz? Mine finally dropped DOWN to 32oz at 8 months when they were starting to eat mostly table foods! (average was 45-50oz per day) There is NO maximum where a baby is concerned. If they are hungry, they are hungry and should be fed.

    Madelyn Marie...I would talk to the pediatrician. Not that it's an urgent concern, but it is important. I'm thinking (based on my three boys) that she may be ready to move on...finger and table foods..she's bored with baby food and formula. You may want to cut back/out the baby food and see if you can get her to take more formula that way. It depends on which way you are ready to go....move up or just get the calories in her right now.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:54 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Have you tried giving her a sippy cup with formula in it?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:11 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Do you also give her water or juice? If so, stop.

    Answer by timelessglass at 7:11 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • no she wont drink juice or water...she also wont drink out of a sippy cup

    Answer by Madelyn_Marie at 7:14 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • At this stage, most of the nutrition still comes from breast milk or formula. The solids provide wonderful experience with flavors, textures, and the mechanics of eating. As the amount of solids they take increases, most babies settle into a pattern of 3 meals of solids each day. The amount of formula tends to drop off a bit, but typically still falls in the range of 6 to 8 ounce bottles given 3 to 5 times a day. Most commonly, a smaller bottle (or half a bottle) is given with each meal and a larger one at bedtime. Some babies also enjoy a bottle first thing in the morning.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • An older baby can have up to 32 ounces of formula per day. In addition, he can have as much in the way of solids, water, or juice as he wants to supplement this. The mealtime formula is usually given at the end of the meals, to top off the solids in a comfortable and easy way. Even though the solids are now playing a larger role, the breast milk or formula still provides the core of the nutritional needs. If a baby begins to regularly take less than about 20 ounces per day, you might want to offer the bottle first and then solids.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:20 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Thirst is an extremely strong drive. As long as a baby’s own regulating mechanism isn’t tricked by getting too much juice or water, healthy babies will take enough formula or breast milk to meet their nutritional needs. This is one good reason not to put juice in the bottle.

    Let your baby set the pace, but if he continues to consistently take more than 32 ounces or less than 20 ounces, run it by your pediatrician.

    Another way to express this rule of thumb is that the average baby takes 2 or 3 ounces of formula each day for every pound of body weight, up to a maximum of 32 ounces. A newborn weighing 7 lbs. will take an average of 14-21 ounces of formula in a day. A 4-month-old weighing 14 pounds needs 28-32 ounces.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:20 PM on Mar. 3, 2009