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weaning off formula

my son is 8 months old and i think he is starting to wean himself from the bottle. he will take his morning bottle farely well and lunch bottle so so, but no nighttime bottle. has anyone ever experienced this with their little one? if so, what do we do.. he hasn't gained but one ounce since january 9th and i am concerned. he eats baby food very very well, but i'm wondering if he's ready to get off of the milk.. i just don't know what to do.. any advice?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:31 PM on Mar. 10, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Just put his formula into a Nuby sippy cup. Or any sippy cup. He's plenty old enough to have one. He still should have formula until a year though. Better for digestion. Maybe ask your doctor if he should have a different formula.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:52 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Put his formula (he's too young for milk) in a sippy, I agree. He needs the nutrition from formula until at least he's getting his nutrition from table foods.

    You might want to consider starting to introduce those as well....something to think about. Table foods have more calories than baby food. Just dice some pieces up and let him go to town!

    It is normal for them to drop their formula consumption at this age, but something needs to pick up the according to our pediatrician...this is a good time to start the table foods.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:25 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • I agree, put the formula in a sippy cup. I would also continue w/ the bottle until he is able to get lots of formula from the cup. Formula has more calories ounce per ounce than most solid foods. Plus, babies need formula (or breastmilk) for proper nutrition, growth, and brain development until they are at least 1yr. old. They aren't able to get all that they need from foods yet. If he eats any baby cereal, you can mix that w/ formula to get a little extra into him too.

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 8:12 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • he won't take a sippy.... i have about 10 different kinds... i think it's the way the part he sucks is shaped.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • He need formula until a year at least, so weather its from a bottle or sippy or regular cup just find a way to get him to drink his formula, his system isnt ready for much else at this age!

    Answer by jlizgar at 10:03 AM on Mar. 11, 2009

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